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Article Published January 12, 2021

Douglas E. Cassie

Douglas E. Cassie, 92, of Old Saybrook passed away Jan. 7, after a short illness. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the late John and Marion (Carlson) Cassie.

He was predeceased by his wife Barbara (Wright) Cassie and a brother, Alan Cassie. Surviving Douglas are two sisters, Shirley Morash of Concord, New Hampshire and Beverley Poole of Dedham, Massachusetts. Doug will now join Barbara as they continue their 70 years of marriage. Doug will be sadly missed by his children, Susan Cassie (Jeff) of Bernardston, Massachusetts, Janet Downie (Peter) of Deep River, and Robert Cassie (Mary Jane) of Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. Additionally, he will be forever in the hearts of his six grandchildren, Talia, Lauren, Kaitlyn, Cameron, Matthew, and Larisa. Also missing Doug are his six great-grandchildren, Mya, Bryce, Harper, Emily, Jaxson, and Grant.

A 1946 graduate of Dedham High, Doug attended Boston Architectural Center, University of Pittsburgh, and Mitchell College. Doug’s career included work with Stone & Webster, Westinghouse, and ultimately Electric Boat in Groton; he retired in 1991 as a nuclear design piping supervisor. After marrying Barbara in 1950, they moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Doug worked on the initial design of the USS Nautilus reactor plant, then on to Idaho Falls, Idaho to test the reactor. Eventually, Doug made one final move back to Connecticut to work on the nuclear power plant for all later classes of submarines until retirement.

Over the years, Doug and his wife Barbara traveled extensively throughout all the lower 48 states and especially loved their trips out West. These trips provided wonderful memories that sustained them both in later years. Doug was a proud 64-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society/SPEBSQSA, which provided him amazing opportunities to sing for many audiences near and far. Doug was proud to be invited with his quartet, the Top Hats, to entertain U.S. troops on two USO tours; 1966 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and 1970 in Japan, Guam, and the Philippines. Beyond singing, Doug’s hobbies included fishing, oriental landscaping, and model railroading.

Doug chose Old Saybrook to raise a family with Barbara. Together, they nurtured a proud family who still value the fond memories of growing up in Saybrook even today.

Donations may be made in his memory to Barbershop Harmony Society. Website for donations is: (reference Douglas E. Cassie when making memorial gift).

At Doug’s request and due to COVID-19 protocols, there are no calling hours or funeral services. A celebration of life will be held at a future date, when family and friends may gather responsibly.

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