John (Sean) Charles Casey

John (Sean) Charles Casey died on December 13th, 2021 in Okotoks, Alberta. Born to Cornelius and Patricia Casey on May 4th, 1958 in Birmingham, England, he was raised in Co. Cork, the second youngest of four children. Immigrating to Canada in 1981, John worked as a heavy duty mechanic for both The City of Calgary and for his own business. His entrepreneurial spirit was always strong and he invented a machine called ‘The Board Beast’ used at arenas around town. Who would have thought an Irish guy that couldn’t skate would get involved in the Zamboni business? 

John also had a love of music that saw him gig all over the city. He played guitar and sang in bands such as Finnegan’s Wake and their music was enjoyed by many. 

He is survived by his two children, Cara ( Mark) O’Loughlin and Colin Casey, his grandchildren Molly and Audrey O’Loughlin as well as his brother Alan (Wendy) Casey and sister, Tricia (Jimmy) O’Leary,  his niece Fiona O’Leary and nephew, James O’Leary. He is predeceased by his son, Geoffrey Casey, his brother, Nealie Casey, his parents Con and Patricia Casey and his beloved dog, Billy.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at COUNTRY HILLS CREMATORIUM & FUNERAL SERVICES, 11995 16 Street NE, on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm.

To view a live stream of John’s Celebration of Life, please follow this link:

Those attending will be asked to provide valid government identification (with name and date of birth) AND confirm one of the following: (A)Provincial vaccine record with QR code (paper or digital); OR (B)negative COVID test (within 72 hours); or (C)valid medical exemption (signed letter); OR (D)under 12 years of age.

18 Obituaries

  1. Deirdre Halferty

    Sean we had many laughs over the years and your rendition of “Brown Eyed Girl” will be forever remembered. Rest In Peace my friend. My thoughts are with you, Cara and Colin. Deirdre

    • : Calgary
  2. Tom Casey

    Light of heaven Sean, fond memories of you auld stock.

    Rest In Peace

    Tom Casey and Family

    • : Calgary, Ab, Canada
  3. Claude and Lynn Revering

    To Sean’s family.
    We knew Sean through his playing in Fiinigans Wake. We spent many wonderful evenings with the band.
    Also you lived in Parkland so would see your Dad around.
    Our memories of Sean, he was fun, funny and a wonderful man.
    We do know that he had some difficult year’s and now he is at Peace in the loving arms of Our Father in Heaven.
    Rest in Peace Sean.

    • : Calgary Alberta
  4. Paul and Shirley Creedon

    To John’s family sincere condolences at this very sad time I have lovely memories going to my aunt Pattys and John would play the guitar and we would have a sing song
    rest in peace John we will keep you in our prayers
    Paul and Shirley Creedon Aghada Co Cork Ireland

    • : Cork
  5. Sean & Rebecca Casey and family.

    Rest easy, Seán. You left a wonderful legacy behind and we were lucky to have known you and your family when we were young.

    I always think of you singing “friends in low places” and have great memories of trips to the Feis in your old VW van!

    Condolences to Cara, Colin and all the family and friends. Sad that we won’t be able to attend, but hoping there is a great sing song in his honour.

    • : White Rock, BC
  6. Judith Casey

    Good Night and God Bless, cousin John xx

    • : Manchester, UK
  7. Judith Casey

    Good Night and God Bless, Cousin John. Rest In Peace. xx

    • : Manchester, UK
    1. Pat and Irene Foley

      Thoughts and prayers are with John’s family at this very sad time. We have fond memories of the last time you visited us back home in Ireland. May your gentle soul Rest in Peace.
      Pat and Irene Foley,
      Church Road,

      • : Ireland
  8. Shae Scully

    Katherine, Cara, and Colin

    My most sincere condolences, shock, and sadness, gone too early….
    Sean’s contributions to peoples lives were large, and welcomed….
    May he Rest In Peace….


    Thanks for being you, when I think of you I only see that smiling face, hear those kind words which flowed with ease, and am grateful for the selfless acts of kindness, thanks for being in my life.

    Keep brushed up on your guitar skills, we’ll have a good session some day………

    Prayers, and kind thoughts…..


    • : Calgary,AB
  9. Bob & Susan McClellan

    Our sincere condolences to Sean’s family. It is with shock and sadness to hear of his passing as we just spoke with him recently.
    I worked at the City with Sean and he was a very good friend, someone you could trust. He would always lend a hand and had a kind heart. Sean had his struggles but he tried hard to find peace.
    Good bye my friend and peace be with you now.

    • : Calgary
  10. Bett Cameron

    Sending sincere sympathy to John’s family .I met him before he emigrated to Canada. he was enthusiastic nd motivated about the new adventures in a different country would entail.
    I’m very sad to hear of his death RIP
    Catherine, my sister is a very good friend of John’s sister Trisha. ❤
    We are very sad to hear this news.

    • : Belfast
  11. Ann Smithers

    I am very sad to know Sean is gone from this world. I will remember him for his generousity, kindness and wit and as a friend, especially as we raised our young families together.
    Sean was well know and loved in the Irish community as a talented musician and entertainer. I have fond memories from attending gigs he played around town. Sean could play any song and was in his element with guitar in hand. He loved a good story and always had a good one to share.

    I offer my deepest condolences to Cara, Colin and Catherine. Love and light to you all.
    Rest in peace Sean 🙏

    • : Calgary, AB
  12. Dominic

    I knew Sean years ago when helped to fix my tuck as a locksmith.

    I knew Geoff and Colin his cherished boys, he loved his family and was a class fella all the way. I seen his invention of buidling a Zamboni in his shop and was blown away by his engineering skills.

    In the back room of his shop was always his guitar and he loved to jam and talk about cars.

    You will be missed my friend. Thanks for all your automotive pointers and meeting your two boys, they are a smart bunch – a chip off the old block with their entrepreneurial skills.

    See you on the other side friend.


    • : Calgary
  13. Joe Nagy

    Sean my you Rest in piece. God Bless you as you arrive in to his arms, Rest now Brother be easy. Hugs Brother

    • : Calgary
  14. Marie O' Leary

    Sincere sadness at the premature death of Johnny, May he Rest In Peace in the arms of our Blessed Mother. He was a great guy whom I had the pleasure of sharing many childhood memories with his family. My great friend, John’s Mam always spoke with love and pride about Johnny and his success in his new country. She was delighted with her Canadian grandchildren , Cara’s achievements in her Irish step dancing was worthy of special mention. Condolences to cara, Colin, Patricia and Alan at this sad time. We will keep you all in our prayers.

    • : Aghada, Co. Cork.
  15. Dani

    I was so sorry to hear of Sean’s passing. He was a very kind man and many,many wonderful evenings were spent singing and drinking along with Finnegan’s Wake. We prayer for all of you as you try to get through these most difficult times. I pray that he was at peace and now can be with his boy again safe in the arms of our Lord. Finnegan’s Wake evenings were some of my fondest memories growing up and we thank you for sharing him with us. Living on Pig’s Street made him even more famous! Rest in peace Sean.

    • : AB
  16. Neil MacLellan

    I worked with Sean for many years, this was our Mayland Heights crew Dec 15/2010.
    Sean was our Ice Zamboni (ice resurfacer) specialist. I learned a lot from him over the years with the city. RIP


    • : Alberta
  17. Mary Cahill

    Sincere condolences to Trish and all the Casey family of John . Rest In Peace. .
    James Mary Cahill & Family

    • : Midleton

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