Pennsylvania Obituaries - 1917 - Harry J. Cassidy

Reading Engineer Dies

Came from a family well-known as railroaders

Harry J. Cassidy, aged 35 years, well-known railroad engineer, died suddenly as teh result of heart disease at 4:30 pm Tuesday, at his home, 922 North Eleventh Street. Deceased followed railroading nearly all his life. He came from a family most of whose male members were firemen and engineers, employed by the Reading Railway Co. His father, Michael Cassidy, who died many years ago, worked for the company for years.

Mr. Cassidy had not been working since last Saturday. He did not complain of feeling ill and only a short time before he died was about the house as usual and in a cheerful frame of mind. He was seized with a stroke while on the second floor. Members of the family went to assistance, but he had already passed away when they reached his side. His sudden end was a great shock to the members of the family, who said he was never known to be seriously ill before.

Deceased was employed by teh Reading Co. ever since he was 17 years old. At ome time he enjoyed the distinction of beign the youngest freight engineer in the company's employ. Prior to his demise he worked on the freight run from Reading to Catasauqua via Allentown.

Mr. Cassidy was a lifelong resident of this city. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and teh P&R Relief Association. He leaves his aged mother, Margaret; his widow, Grace B. (nee Allwein), and four children, Mary, Henry, Helen, and Beatrice, at home. One brother, Louis, and two sisters, Margaret and Eva Cassidy, Reading, also survive.

Source: Reading Eagle pg 7 - July 11, 1917

Submitted by: Tracy Gillett


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