In Memoriam

Anthony J. "Tony" Casale, ’59, M.S.Ed.’66

Anthony J. "Tony" Casale, ’59, M.S.Ed.’66, of Port Charlotte, Fla., husband, father, brother, educator, actor, collector and connoisseur of classic monster movies, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, at his home. He was 78.

He was born March 22, 1934, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Tony graduated from Bishop Duffy High School where his fame as an actor began. He became celebrated for the characters he portrayed, including Brother Orchid and the adversary of Dracula, Professor Van Helsing. He joined the U.S. Navy at 17 years old, immediately after high school graduation, serving in Japan during the Korean War. Returning to Niagara Falls after an honorable discharge, he enrolled at Niagara University and received a bachelor of business administration in accounting. He later completed a master's degree in guidance and counseling at Niagara University, and postgraduate work at SUNY Buffalo and Florida Atlantic University.

Tony met his wife of 47 years, Gail Wood Casale, when the Girl Scout troop she led met at Alexander High School, where Tony taught from 1964-67. They married seven months later and settled in Batavia, N.Y., where Tony became a vocational counselor at Wyoming Board of Cooperative Education Services. He continued his professional career as director of occupational education at Genesee Community College, Miami-Dade Community College, retiring in 1992 as collegewide director of continuing education and community services at Broward Community College.

His professional memberships include Who's Who in American Education, Florida Association of Community Colleges, National Council of Community Services and Continuing Education, and the Florida Association for Continuing & Adult Education. His civic memberships include charter president of the Pembroke Pines Rotary Club, past president of the Dade-North Miami Rotary Club, past vice president of the Dade County Mental Health Association, former director of the Chambers of Commerce, Art and Culture, center director, City of Hollywood, Fla., and former vice chairman of the Jobs Service Employers Committee.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gail Wood Casale; two sons, Chris (Kim) Casale and Noel Casale; grandchildren, Morgan, Regina and Dominic, and a great-granddaughter, Lily; sister, Patricia (Henry) Santulli and her children, Mark and Tracy (David) Romano; as well as his sister-in-law, Dianne (David) Ballard. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dominic and Pauline Casale.