HORNELL-Casey J. Cameron, Sr., 59, of 34 State St., died early Saturday morning (December 23, 2017) at Elderwood at Hornell less than 3 years after being diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia.
He was born in Hornell on April 3, 1958 and was the son of Dr. Robert & Bette (Roth) Cameron.
A lifelong resident of Hornell, Casey was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1977) and later attended Alfred State College (SUNY Alfred).
Throughout the years, Casey was employed in the Sales/Management departments of several businesses including Radio Shack, U-Haul, CTC Business Machines (Bath, NY) and Thomas Kinney Clothing. In recent years, he was employed at WLEA / WCKR Radio Station in many capacities, including sales representative, sports director, advertising representative and also had his own Radio Talk Show, The 9:10 Local. He retired about three years ago due to ill health.
Casey was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church. He was a member of the Hornell Elks Lodge where he served as Exalted Ruler, District Deputy and State Vice-President. He was also very active in the running of the Elks Hoop Shoot, Punt, Pass and Kick competition, Bike Rodeo, Annual Youth Fishing Derby and the Elks Golf Tournament. He was also a member of the Hornell Knights of Columbus, the Hornell Association, The Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the Hornell American Legion.
An avid sports fan, Casey loved rooting for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and also the New York Yankees. As a young adult he played in various men’s softball leagues, as well as a men’s flag football league. For many years, he served as a Vince Lombardi Youth Football Coach and also volunteered for decades as a Coach for the Hornell YMCA Sunday School Basketball League, at one time coaching both a boys and a girls team. He was a past board member of the Hornell Dodgers baseball team. He enjoyed attending and covering Induction Day Ceremonies each year at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. in his official capacity as Sports Director at WLEA/WCKR. Through this association, he had the amazing opportunity to meet and interview many of baseball’s biggest sports legends. He was a member of the Hornell Sports Night Committee and was honored earlier this year as the 2017 Sports Night Sportsman of the Year. He was also an avid golfer & fisherman.
In addition to his parents, Casey was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Cameron.
He was married on June 26, 1982 to the former Debra “Debbie” Brewer who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Lyndsey (Michael) Stillman of Hornell; his sons Casey Cameron Jr. of Myrtle Beach, SC and Jason Johnson (Shannon Smith) of Cohocton, NY; 2 brothers, Francis “F.C.” Cameron of Chambersburg, PA and Bruce (Ellen Stiffler) Cameron of Chambersburg, PA; 1 grandson, Aiden Miller; several nieces & nephews.
The family of Casey J. Cameron, Sr. will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church with Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Casey’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor Station Building #2, (Suite 320), 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.
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