Newbury, MA — John Bernard “Bernie” Casazza on Sunday evening at Country Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Newbuyrport. He was the devoted husband of Helen D. (Brady) Casazza, who died April 14, 2012.
Born in Merrimac on April 27, 1915, he was the son of the late William C. and Mary E. (Greeley) Casazza. He was a graduate of Merrimac High School, Class of 1933, then continued on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1938, followed by graduate work at MIT in 1939 and 1940.
A proud veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army with the 7th Army Unit in Africa, France and Germany, honorably discharged on March 14, 1946, with the rank of Captain. He continued to serve in the Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Bernie was a sanitary engineer, working for the Massachusetts Division of Water Pollution Control, during which time he made several trips to Russia to help them with related situations.
For a number of years, he was the treasurer for the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, and of several professional organizations.
As an avid bridge player, Bernie was a member of the American Contact Bridge League.
His survivors include his nieces, Mary Ellen Kelly and husband, Kevin, of Marietta, Ga., and Kathleen Lynch and husband, Michael, of Merrimac; his grandnieces, Maggie Kelly Wise and husband, Brett, of Georgia, and Ellen Tracy and husband, Shawn, of Georgetown; grandnephews, Shane Kelly of Georgia, and Timothy Lynch and his wife, Jennifer, of Colorado, and Robert Lizotte of Kensington, N.H., whom he considered his nephew. He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert Casazza of Hampton, N.H., and William Casazza of Pennsylvania, and his niece, Sheila Lizotte of Kensington.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, will be on Friday, August 16, from 9 to 10 a.m., immediately followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Church, Green Street, Newburyport, with interment in Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac.
Donations in his memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.