Peter Cassel

Cassel- Peter Francis Cassel has gone to be with his Lord. He loved life, family, achievement, and friendship. The longtime Corunna resident, educator, and civic booster passed away peacefully on May the 5, 2020 at the age of 78 from complications of COVID-19, after living with Alzheimer’s for six years. Peter is survived by his beloved wife Beverly of 57 years; their children Lisa (Brent) Alkema, Bradley (Amanda) Cassel and Leanne Cassel-Jack; his sons-in-law, Darren Munro and Jeff Jack; his grandchildren, whom he adored, Emily and Sam Munro, Tamara and Owen Jack, Scotia and Skylar Cassel; and great-grandson Asher Munro. He’s also survived by brother-in-law Barry (Virginia) Smith, nieces Heather (Smith) and Jennifer (Smith), nephew David (Cassel), several cousins and “a houseful of close friends he built over his lifetime”. Predeceased by his parents Marguerite and Francis (Frank) Cassel. He was a respected educator for the Lambton Board, having filled the roles of teacher, principal, and superintendent of special education before his retirement in 1994. He also worked for the Ontario Ministry of Education in numerous specialty roles throughout his career. He served his community throughout his life in many ways. He helped to
get the ball rolling on building the Mooretown Sports Complex. As
chair and co-chair, Peter devoted untold hours over 19 years to make
the St. Clair River Trail a reality. He ran twice for public office for the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party of Ontario. Peter worked
tirelessly for his students and community, but above all he treasured
his family. He leaves behind a strong legacy of respect, kindness,
integrity and commitment for all who knew him. Cremation has taken place and due to the pandemic a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Donations may be directed in his memory to the St. Clair River Trail (c/o St. Clair Civic Centre in Mooretown), Alzheimer Society of Canada or to his church. Peter’s family extends a special thank-you to his caregivers at Vision Nursing Home and to Lambton Elderly Outreach. Arrangements entrusted to Knight Funeral Home 588, St. Clair Parkway, Corunna. Messages and condolences may be left online at Knight 519-862-2845

Visitation Information

There will be no formal visitation at this time.


St. Clair River Trail Alzheimer Society of Canada St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Sarnia

Funeral Date

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

23 thoughts on “Peter Cassel”

  1. Barb and Gordon Leaper

    It is with sadness we read about the passing of Peter.He led a rich life and legacy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Bev. And all the family

    Gore and Barb

  2. Desmond & Geraldine Hamill

    Our sincere sympathies to Bev and all of Peter's family. Thinking of you all. May the memories you hold dear help you through this sad time.
    Des & Gerri Hamill

  3. Jeff and Sue Agar

    Dear Bev and family:

    We are so sorry to hear of Peter's passing. Sending our sympathies and keeping your family in our thoughts.

    Jeff and Sue Agar

  4. Bev and family. My sincere condolences on the loss of Peter. "Mr. Cassel" was my grade 8 teacher and I have fond memories of him at Hill Street School in Corunna.
    My sympathy.
    Barbara Nicol

  5. Herb & Heather Huber

    Dear Bev & family, Heather & I extend our deepest sympathy. I remember first meeting Peter back in the late 60's when you introduced him to us at a Met Life function. You worked in the Sarnia office and I was just beginning my career there. He on the other hand was already very accomplished in his teaching career.

  6. Peter was a good and caring person. He was very helpful over the years with the troubled teens we assisted in education. Peter has left his mark. My thoughts are with Bev and his his family. Ken

  7. Bev and family,
    My sincere condolences. Cathy and I had many wonderful times with you and Peter.

  8. So sorry to read of Peter's passing. I remember him well and the many good bridge games we had. He had a great sense of humour and contributed greatly to many facets of community life. May your many memories and your family and friends comfort you at this time.

  9. Connie Bradley

    Bev and Family
    Right now I am at a loss for words!
    Peter was my friend and colleague.
    We worked together for 5 years in the Education Centre while he was my boss as Superintendent of Special Education. I have the utmost respect for his professionalism and kindness.Laughter was always part of that.I was always happy to see him biking or playing Bridge after retirement. Lisa, Brad and Lee-Anne– your Dad was a great guy to work for and I always enjoyed his stories about the three of you growing up. I know he will be missed.
    Connie Reynolds Bradley

  10. Wray and Bonnie Lamb

    Bev – to you and your family we send our deepest sympathy. We hold you all in our prayers.

  11. Heather and Doug Lovegrove

    Bev you have our sincere condolences and out thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.It's been a long time since Heather and I went to Hill Street School and both of us had Peter as a Teacher. I will always have fond memories of those days and Corunna in general. Peter was a true Gentleman.

    Sincerely Doug Lovegrove

  12. Carol & Gerry Stewart

    Peter was a great neighbour and friend and our family has many fond memories of Peter. We send our love and sympathy to Bev and family.

  13. Hello Bev and family.We were very sad to hear about Peter's passing. He was indeed a gentleman and scholar. It was always great to meet him and have a catch up chat. He will be missed in his community and church.We are thinking about you sending prayers and hu
    gs. Love Bill and Doreen Blake.

  14. Wayne and Joan Armstrong

    Bev and Family,
    Sincere condolences to you and your family on Peter’s passing. He was one in a million!
    Thinking of you at this time. 💙

  15. Bev and family, I was very saddened to read of Peter’s passing. Peter was a very sweet man, I always looked forward to seeing his smiling face. Thinking of your family as you share memories of your dear husband and father.

  16. Fred and Nina Strickland

    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Peter. He was a great friend, we loved our parties an other happy occasions with Peter and Beverly. So many happy memories to cherish. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all the family..

  17. Bev and family, my deepest condolences on the loss of Peter. He was a great guy and liked him a lot. He will be sorely missed by many, but you will cherish many fond memories of him.

  18. Sandi Worsley/Torma

    My deepest condolences to Bev and Family. Such a beautiful Family full of Love. I had the pleasure of working with Bev at Moore Credit Union many years ago and I admired the love Peter and her shared. God Bless.

  19. Cindy (Mills) and Pat Seward

    Hi Bev and family,
    I am so sorry to heat about Peter. He was such a wonderful man! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Cindy and Pat Seward

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