November 15, 1930
- August 9, 2011
Published in the Calgary Herald from 8/11/2011 - 8/15/2011
William Anthony Casanova,
beloved husband of fifty-six years and best friend of Connie, passed away
suddenly at home on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at age 80.
Bill was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. He was an exceptional talent
whose athletic prowess was renowned throughout Essex County. In high school,
"Willie" excelled at baseball, football, basketball and track
and field. In 1951-53,
Bill pursued a career as a professional baseball player in the New York
Yankee AAA Organization. In 1954, he played Senior Inter County Professional
Baseball in St. Thomas. It was there that he met his future bride Connie
- his "21 Balaclava Girl". Bill completed U of Western Ont.,
B.A. He played UWO Mustangs football '54-58: drafted by B.C. Lions, traded
to Calgary Stampeders '58. He completed U of C, B. Ed. Played Calgary
Dodgers semi-pro baseball until 1962.
Bill was Athletic Director and Head Coach at St. Mary's Boys' High School
'59-63 winning two city championships in four undefeated regular seasons.
His track and field teams won three consecutive titles. Bill coached Mount
Royal Jr. College football '60-63 and was assistant football coach U of
C '65-67. Bill accepted a position with the Alberta Teachers' Association
from '68-91 as an Executive Assistant.
In 1997, Bill was inducted into the Windsor Essex County Sports Hall of
Fame. He was a playing member of Willow Park Golf and Country Club from
1972 - 2011. Handicap: 7. Trophies for "Hole in One": 6.
Besides his loving wife Connie, Bill is survived by daughters Patti Rose
and Anne Marie (Rob); only granddaughter Bonnie Girl; sister Lillian (Casanova)
Fairhurst (Joe); sister-in- law Irene Kerhoulas; and many loved nieces
Bill was predeceased by parents Erminio and Rosa Casanova; infant daughter
Rose Ann; beloved brother Bruno Casanova (Audrey); mother-in-law Demitrula
Kerhoulas; sister-in-law Vivian Kerhoulas; and by brothers-in-law John
Borovilos (Alexandra) and George Kerhoulas (Norma).
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S
Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, August 16, 2011
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure
Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart
& Stroke Foundation of Alberta.
In living memory of William Casanova, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek