Jacqueline Chase Cassidy, 86

Tue, 05/15/2012 - 3:32pm


Jacqueline “Jacquie” Chase Cassidy passed away peacefully at her home in Southbury, Conn., on May 3, 2012. She was the beloved wife of John Hughes Cassidy Jr. Together they provided a loving household for their children and grandchildren throughout their 61 years of marriage.

Jacquie was born August 5, 1925, in Berkeley, Calif., daughter of the late Coranna Bernais Chase and Edmund Rowland Chase, sister of Patricia Harbage of Severna Park, Md., and Frederick S. Chase II of Hollywood, Fla. Raised in Middlebury, Conn., she graduated from Saint Margaret’s School, currently The Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, Conn., named in honor of the Chase family. Jacquie attended Smith College then supported war efforts working at Chase Brass & Copper. Later she pursued journalism in New York and Waterbury, Conn. After a 10-year courtship, John and Jacquie were married and settled in Watertown, Conn..

Her passion for knitting paired with her entrepreneurial spirit, led to many years at the Yarn Box in Watertown, Conn. She was also an avid bridge player. Jacqueline especially loved tending to her flower and vegetable gardens and daily beach walks as a longtime summer resident of Block Island.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her greatest joy came from bringing together and caring for her family and grandchildren, who will all cherish her memory. She will be deeply missed by her husband, John Hughes Cassidy Jr., and her six children: son John H. Cassidy III and his wife Mary of Tuckahoe, N.Y., son Michael Cassidy and companion Alice Stratton of Middlebury, Conn., daughter Dianne Cassidy and her husband Bruce Crocker of Wellesley, Mass., daughter Coranna “Wendy” Brokaw and her husband Edward S. Brokaw of Darien, Conn., daughter Laura Koehler and her husband Timothy Koehler of Westborough, Mass., daughter Martha Shilstone and her husband Jonathan Shilstone of Ridgefield, Conn., as well as her 16 beloved grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory be made to the Block Island Medical Center, P.O. Box 919, Block Island, Rhode Island 02807, or the VNA HOPETEAM, 50 Brookside Drive, Waterbury, Connecticut 06708.