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Francis "Fran" Cassidy

Obituary of Francis "Fran" Cassidy

Francis (Fran) Cassidy passed away June 25, 2015 at age 88 after a long illness. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, Fran attended Loras College and The University of Tokyo, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Anthropology. He was a U.S.A. Army veteran serving with the Army of Occupation stationed in Japan. Upon college graduation, Fran started his career as an archeologist and part-owner of a construction company in New Mexico. He then began a broad international business career when he joined the WABCO Equipment Group as a field representative based in Peru for South America. Fran joined J. I. Case Company expanding its international operations in various executive sales, marketing, and management positions. Marrying Margaret Donnelly in 1972 in Athens, Greece, they relocated to Amstelveen, Holland, where Fran directed the Eastern European Operations for Case. He then headed the Asian Operations residing in Singapore, later relocating to the Case headquarters in Racine, WI as General Manager of the international operations. Fran then moved to Houston, Texas, as vice president of the International Development Operations of Tenneco Inc., before retiring to Grand County in 1991.

Living in Tabernash, Fran was involved in many activities demonstrating his diverse skills and interests. He was a published author, talented artist, history buff acting out his love of history with the Grand County Characters and expressing his love of nature by installing many bluebird houses throughout the county. Fran was a sports' enthusiast, participating in squash, golf, and skiing. Fran was immersed in Grand County life and involved in many activities: Lions Club, Grand County Seniors, the Creative Writing Group, Grand County Historical Assn, and the Art Out of Thin Air Group.

Surviving Fran are his wife, Margaret, a daughter Megan Spring in Montana, a son Kerry Cassidy in Montana, and daughter Tamsen Cassidy in Alaska, his sister Barbara Frommelt in Iowa, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A service of Thanksgiving for Fran's life will be held Wednesday, July 8, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church in Granby, Colorado. A reception follows the service at B Lazy 2 Ranch & Event Center, 454 County Road 5 (west of the Fraser ball fields).

Service Details

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 10:00am, Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church

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Margaret, I have never met 2 people as nice as you and Fran. I am not surprised that you found each other to experience life together. We are truly sorry for your loss and wish you all the best. Lee and Marty.

Lee Eckhoff and Marty Roberts Jul 14 2015 12:00 AM

I first became acquainted with Fran when he wrote a letter to our local news paper encouraging the town of Tabernash to use a constructed wetland for a waste water treatment system. I did my own research and met with Fran in his home and was inspired to install a Subsurface Constructed Wetland, a natural, environmentally friendly living system at Millers New Horizons in 1998 when we needed to replace our leach field. Our system appears to be a dry pond instead of at grade level because I chose to use gravity to drain the septic tanks versus a lift pump. I will miss Fran for his expertise, his art and his writing. He was an inspiration on so many levels!

Darcy MacGregor Jul 8 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Margaret and family, Fran gave us so much joy in his writing and art. Thank you Fran for all you did for the people of Grand County and the world. Your memory will always be with us. Sincerely, Barbara Harris

Barbara Harris Jul 7 2015 12:00 AM

Grand Lake 2014 - Fran, Margaret, Joelle and Alastair.

Alastair Donnelly Jul 6 2015 12:00 AM

We will miss you Uncle Fran. I have fond memories of you taking me canoeing on the canals of Holland when I was a young teenager. Of taking me out to the best restaurants in London - especially Simpsons of the Strand (where you we not allowed in because you were not wearing a tie), and always picking up the tab. Of coming to our Wedding in Belgium and enjoying a few too many Belgium Beers. Of coming over to see my Dad in Cheshire just before he passed away. It was great to meet up last year in Colorado and have a few beers together. We will raise a glass to you! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Margaret, and we are sorry we that we are not able to make it over the pond. God Bless. Lots of love Alastair, Joelle, Ines, and Stuart (Les Donnellys).

Alastair Donnelly Jul 6 2015 12:00 AM

in remembrance of a wonderful man who was also a great poker player!

Jim and gail Vanzile Jul 5 2015 12:00 AM

Seth Temin Jul 2 2015 12:00 AM

Uncle Fran you will be greatly missed. We loved our Uncle Franny visits, so many travel stories from around the world. You introduced us to the "hot pepper flakes" still put it on everything today, grease press hugs and the art of story telling. You have become an accomplished artist , writer, loving husband and father. Love you much !

connie ciesielski Jul 2 2015 12:00 AM

My beloved Uncle Franny was a part of many happy childhood memories. He was my travel and ski mentor, who introduced me to the mountains surrounding St. Anton. Later in life, he helped me through some very rough watercolor projects, guiding me with good humor and grace. He will be sorely missed but remembered through his many pieces of art and the hearts he warmed. I love you, Fran.

Gayle Frommelt Jul 1 2015 12:00 AM

Fran, the "fun" Uncle. His visits are a big part of my childhood filled with interesting stories of his travels, teasing, laughter, back rubs and the grease press. He loved to pick us up and hug us into what he called the "grease press". I framed many of the beautiful hand painted Christmas cards that he sent me and I will cherish his books. Uncle Fran will always hold a special place in my heart, my life has been blessed by him. Love you so Uncle Fran, Carol Frommelt

Carol Frommelt Jul 1 2015 12:00 AM