James P. Cassidy, 79, a retired Lieutenant in the Worcester Fire Dept., died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 at Autumn Village after a long illness.

He leaves his wife of 48 years, Patricia J. (Kelliher) Cassidy; a son, Worcester Firefighter James P. Cassidy Jr. of Worcester; a daughter, Susan Grandone and her husband Jeffrey of Stuart, Fla.; a sister, Mary King of Worcester; a niece, Marybeth Mungovan and her husband Richard; a grandnephew, Christopher Mungovan, and a grandniece, Elizabeth Mungovan, all of Princeton.

He was born in Worcester, son of James A. and Beatrice (Pryor) Cassidy. He graduated from Boys Trade High School and attended Worcester Junior College. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War.

Jim was a firefighter for the City of Worcester for 32 years, retiring in January of 1994. For 17 years, he was assigned to the Rescue Co. at the former School St. Station. He later joined Engine 8 at Brittan Square before his ********* to Lieutenant with Engine 5 at the Webster Sq. Station. He then returned to serve with Engine 8 as a Lieutenant before his retirement.

He was a longtime member of St. Bernard's Parish, which is now Our Lady of Providence Parish. He was also a member of the International Assn. of Firefighters Local 1009, the Retired Worcester Police and Firefighters Assn. and the former Worcester American Legion Post 5.

The Cassidy family wishes to thank the assisted living staff, especially Ginny, at Coleman House in Northborough and the staff at Autumn Village for their skilled and compassionate care.

Jim was known for his passion for history, the news and politics. He especially enjoyed spirited discussions about some of the most historic families of Massachusetts.

Calling hours at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, are Sunday, Nov. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be Monday, Nov. 16 from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Bernard's Church, 228 Lincoln St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Leicester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, 65 Tainter St., Worcester 01610 or to the Worcester Firefighters Ramp Gang, C/O The United Way, 484 Main St., Worcester 01608.

Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette on November 13, 2009