Andrew Casey, fundraiser for non-profits and affable friend, 46
Andrew “Drew” Casey of Portsmouth, NH died on November 27, 2009, after succumbing to complications from a bacterial infection.
Since 2006 Drew was Development Director for the Nashua River Watershed Association in Groton, MA. He worked tirelessly on its capital campaign and applied his irrepressible ability to network for the organization’s benefit. Previously he was Development Director for the Museums of Old York, where he worked in a similar capacity. Drew also served on the board of the Pontine Theatre and gave generously of his time volunteering and raising money for various philanthropic causes, including Families First, Youth at Risk, the Children’s Aid Society, and The Special Olympics.
Before devoting his life to non-profit work Casey forged a career in the advertising industry beginning with Young & Rubicam in New York, followed by Lowe, Lintas & Partners. In 1995 he left New York to join Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis. Then, in 1998, he and two of his brothers-in-law co-founded Wunderkind Studios, an interactive agency in Portsmouth, NH.
Drew was a graduate of The Hotchkiss School Class of 1982 and attended college at Northwestern University, where he earned a B.A. in Journalism. He was an avid reader, friend of the arts, and loved to write poetry. His loquaciousness, ever-present joie de vivre, and contagious energy were hallmarks of his personality and left an indelible impression on everyone he met. Possessed with an indomitable spirit, Drew always found joy in people and took pride in his ability to connect with everyone.
Drew was born March 8, 1963 in Manhattan, NY and grew up in Redding, CT and always maintained a fondness for his childhood home despite having lived in Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, England, and Portsmouth, NH throughout his life. He loved the Portsmouth community, particularly his Little Harbor neighborhood. He had a passion for travel and enjoyed an abundance of friends from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. His ebullient persona and endearing interest in people made lasting impressions on all those who met him. He embodied good cheer, good humor and, most importantly, good will towards everyone he knew.
Drew is survived by his mother and father, Elizabeth B. and Edward J. Cole of Cape Neddick, ME; his sister Lisa Rakaseder and his niece and nephew, Max and Eliza, of Portsmouth, NH; his sister and brother-in-law, Kristi and Mark Samber, and his nieces Betsy and Bailey, of Eliot, ME; a step-brother Roger Dev, step-sisters Janica Shafer and Jennifer Cole, several aunts and uncles, and dozens of cousins. He was pre-deceased by his brother-in-law, Stephen Rakaseder, and his half-sister, Dorcas Ann Casey.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30PM on Saturday, December 5, 2009 in the First Parish Congregational Church, 180 York St., York, Maine. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Families First or any other of Drew’s philanthropic causes. Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, 91 Long Sands Rd., York, Maine is directing arrangements. Visit www.lucaseatonfuneralhome.com