Gary Anthony Casassa Gary Anthony Casassa, was born on November 4, 1955 at St. Mary's hospital in San Francisco. Raised in San Rafael by Rosalie and Robert Casassa, the same home in his beloved Sun Valley neighborhood, where he later raised a family himself. He passed away peacefully at home December 7, 2016 from Melanoma cancer. He is survived by his wife Maureen, daughters Allison and Jaime Casassa, his brother William Casassa (Deborah), and sister Donna Jones (Cullen). He is also survived by his nephews Marc (Rosario), David, Derrick, Bobby and nieces Lindsey (Andrew), Erin, and Tara. Gary graduated from San Rafael High School in 1973. He often reminisced of cruising 4th street in his youth, blaring classic rock music in his green mustang. His classic rock knowledge was unrivaled. He enjoyed studying the lyrics of some of his favorite bands and sharing his extensive vinyl collection with family and friends on a daily basis. One of his greatest passions was out on the softball diamond. He was the Redwood High School Varsity softball coach for 28 seasons. He won numerous MCAL and NCS titles, as well as an induction into Redwood HS Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this year. Gary was co-owner of Marin Cleaners, a fifth generation, family-owned and operated business for over 60 years. As a teen, he spent summers helping his dad at the cleaners and eventually he resumed the family legacy, alongside his brother Bill and nephew Marc. He was a respected board member of BEAM, a longtime business group in Marin in which he attended every Friday. He loved teaching and learning about history, astronomy, geography and wildlife. His passions included music, sports, and fantasy football. He also loved nature. Family road trips often included a National park stop, a cave and a waterfall hike. His love of people was evident in his work, his community involvement and in his coaching. He saw the beauty in everything and the good in everyone. Big thank you to Dr. Kim and the many wonderful nurses whom assisted us along the way. Their kindness and devotion to his health became a guiding light throughout this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CPMC Foundation to support Melanoma Research under the direction of Dr. Kevin Kim at www.
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