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Brian Thomas Casey, age 58, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly after a brief illness on November 11, 2023
Brian was born in Boston, MA; he was the cherished son of the late Thomas E. and Lorraine A. (Burke) Casey. Brian was raised in Wilmington, attended Wilmington Public Schools and was a graduate of Shawsheen Tech High School with the Class of 1983.
Brian was an amazing cook and chef; following graduation from High School he went to work as a chef for the Stouffers Bedford Glen hotel restaurant and function hall. Brian loved to make people happy by feeding them his culinary delights.
In May of 1984, Brian enlisted in the United States Army; serving the country was a long-time passion for him. Brian was on active duty as an Armor Crewmen with the Army until March of 1988 when he was honorably discharged and served with the Army Reserves until 1990.
Following his return from active duty, Brian went on to continue his education at Bunker Hill Community College where he earned his associate degree in Culinary. He continued his education at Boston College where he earned a bachelor’s degree and was just shy of his master’s degree in accounting at the time of his death.
Brian also continued working as a chef at the World Trade Center in Boston where he met many famous people throughout the years before taking a position as the chef for Boston College in Chestnut Hill. Brian loved his job at Boston College; he enjoyed the students and followed their many sports. Brian even took to the ice with the hockey team for several warmup rounds as their goalie during practice.
In 2007, Brian re-enlisted in the Army National Guard; he was called to active duty once again, with the Armor Crewmen. Brian was deployed to Afghanistan, he served overseas in several places and earned many medals and commendations for his bravery. Brian was honorably discharged from active duty in May of 2012 and returned home to his family.
In his spare time, Brian did not relax, instead he volunteered his time and talents helping at local Veterans events, cooking for the Marine Corp. League, and the American Legion. He helped as much as he could with Local Heroes in Wilmington by placing American Flags on Veterans graves throughout Wildwood Cemetery or cooking for various Veterans breakfasts, lunches, or special dinners. Brian would always be found on the Wilmington Town Common with his mom Lorraine during Memorial Day or Veterans Day to show their support for the men and women of our armed forces.
Brian loved his country, his Irish Heritage, and his hometown but nothing compared to the love he had for his family and friends. Brian was the guy who was dependable, he was a jack of all trades and would be the first to offer a helping hand. He always put the needs of others before himself and never expected anything in return. Brian was very close to his family; especially his mother who he took great care of.
Brian will be remembered as a “good guy”; he had a quiet demeanor and a heart of gold. Brian lived his life in service to others and went out of his way to make people happy. Brian will forever live in the hearts of those he touched.
Brian was the beloved brother of Linda Herra of Houston, TX, Pamela "PJ" Casey of Winthrop, and Chuck Robbins and his wife Christy of Hudson, NH. Dear Uncle of Sara, Nicholas, Jamie and his wife Samantha, Casey, Michaela, and Great-Uncle of Victoria, Nicholas Jr., Savannah, and Donovan. Brian is further survived by his brothers-in-law Mike Herra of Wilmington and Ron Marasco of Kentucky, as well as his cousins, and friends.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Wednesday, November 15th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, November 16th at 12:00 noon in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Interment with Military Honors will take place in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.
Please consider a donation in Brian's memory to Local Heroes, Inc., P. O. Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.
To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit our website at www.nicholsfuneralhome.com