Another Brother passes
Posted 18 August 2008 - 09:01 AM
I didn't know Andy personally- but I sure knew his work. Maybe someone who knew him better can pick up this thread.
My condolences to his family. Makes me re-think my Harley...
Posted 18 August 2008 - 02:18 PM
Posted 18 August 2008 - 02:20 PM
Andy was one of my instructors at the 94' SOA workshop in PA (along w/Garret and Jerry) He was such a nice fella and a really good instructor.
I can't imagine losing both parents. I really feel for their children.
If anyone has any photos of Andy and personal stories they would like to share, I think it would be appropriate to put him on the Steadicam Guild memoriam page so folks can remember him.
Does anyone know how old he was?
Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:09 PM
How completely tragic. The kids..... The kids...... I can't imagine the loss they must feel.
One consoling thought that came from a friend whose wife died.... "Death is the opposite of birth, Not the opposite of life."
Physics dictates that you can't destroy energy.
Posted 18 August 2008 - 07:59 PM
I feel terrible for the kids.....
Posted 18 August 2008 - 11:58 PM
> 2-4 pm and again
> from 7-9 pm. Service will be held at Holcombe-Fisher
> Funeral Home, 147 Main
> Street, Flemington NJ.
> Funeral Services will be held Friday from 9:30-10:30AM in
> the Flemington
> Presbyterian Church, 10 East Main Street, Flemington NJ
> Andy and Kathy will both be cremated.
> Directions can be found on line at www.holcombefisher.com
> Andy's and Kathy's Obituary can also be found at
> In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to;
> The Kathy and Andy Casey Memorial Fund
> c/o Harry Copeland
> Commerce Bank
> One Royal Road
> Flemington NJ 08822
Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:34 AM
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Posted 20 August 2008 - 07:46 AM
Posted 20 August 2008 - 08:44 PM
Our reunion on that afternoon for a few of our '96 Olympic crew became a sudden wake for those dear souls. Everyone there knew Andy and Kathy. He operated our 'GoCam' in Atlanta and was an indomitable rock of confidence and spirit and good sense for all of us throughout that difficult job.
I first met Andy when he arrived on roller blades to be my camera assistant on Philadelphia, and a bit later he took my Steadicam workshop and never looked back. I was intensely proud of him, and of his subsequently brilliant career and superb resume.
Ellen and I last met Trevor and Jillian years ago when we visited Andy and Kathy at their home in New Jersey.
They have ever since occupied that close and cheerful limbo into which so many of our dear colleagues in this business are stashed between movies.
The only two things we all count on are that these friends are safe, wherever they may be; and that we may embrace them soon again on some future location.
I can't express the depth of our sorrow that these two fine, gentle souls have been taken from us all. Farewell Andy and Kathy. We will miss you for the rest of our days.
Garrett Brown and Ellen Shire
Posted 20 August 2008 - 08:46 PM
I had the pure pleasure of getting to be the guy that put that sled together a few thousand times or so. Even the miserable jobs with Andy were better than most people 'OK' jobs.
He did have photos of his kids on the side of his monitor. Each kid would get a couple of days, then Andy would switch them over to the next. If one of them had a big test or assignment due, they would get spot so that he would think of them often.
Andy also did something special on set, something that I have never seen someone do so often. He did this so much that at times you wanted to ask him to stop. Andy could not stop talking about his family and how great they all were. Generally when people talk about their kids we tend to tune them out, but Andy had a little fire in his eye when he spoke of them that always kept you locked in.
The entire Casey family traveled to Africa last year to 'help' young children with AIDS. How many people can say that?
People like to use the phrase "result of the environment". Go and spend a some time with the Casey kids and you will agree with that statement. They are hands down the sweetest, most loving, intelligent, well-mannered kids with a sense of humor that you will ever meet.
I have two kids of my own, and I pray that they grow up to be like any of the Casey kids.
Tomorrow is the wake for them both, Friday is the funeral. It is going to be an impossible day for all of us, but I am pretty certain that his children, their dignity, and Andy and Kathy's impression on the world will rule the day.
If anyone would like to use this thread as a posting spot for notes to the kids, please feel free, I will print them and bring them over to the house. Or if anyone has any photos, possibly from an old Steadicam class? If you prefer not make your sentiments public then please feel free to email me directly with "Casey Kids" in the subject line. I won't read, I will just pass it on.
Kind Regards Everyone,