June 7, 1988 – November 9, 2021
It breaks our hearts to announce that Cassie passed away on November 9, 2021, at the age of 33.
She is survived by her daughter Madeline; mom and stepfather Shannon and Garth; stepdad Chris (Joette); father Dean (Lori [deceased]); maternal siblings Reggie and Sammi; best friend, cousin, and soulmate, Bailey; paternal siblings, Devan, Brennan, Elora, Loren, Tyler, Elaina, and Gerardo; as well as many other family members and friends who loved and cared for her deeply. She is predeceased by her paternal brother Daniel.
Cassie was a very unique and strong-willed person from day one. She lived on her terms with very little room for compromise, and she was one of the most caring and loving people in the world. Fortunately, so many of us were blessed enough to experience that love and care first hand.
From a young age she enjoyed singing and acting and being in the spotlight. She was in the newspaper, attended art and modeling schools, had parts in school productions, and cast herself, as the leading lady, in many, many home movies.
In her teenage and early adult years she was very much so the life of the party. Her brother and sister, Reggie and Sammi, always wanted to have that attitude and be like her and her friends, just doing fun stuff and not caring about the outside world or what people thought. Reggie remembers being a kid and always trying to hang out with them while they made funny home videos or played old school games like Super Mario All Stars. Cassie loved to have fun and do new things, very much a go with the flow kind of person. She was admired and/or envied by most, and hated by few for her no nonsense and straightforward attitude. She would always speak her mind which is a trait we always admired about her, although at times it could be brutal for she never filtered the truth no matter how much it might hurt.
She had such an intensity about her, all of her life, and more power than she ever realized. She could level cities with one word, or build you up so high you felt like the only person in the world that mattered. She saw through people, and always seemed to know exactly how a person ticked. She was always ahead of her time, and always had a knack for finding the most obscure music, shows, or movies that later would become cult classics or, at the very least, family favourites. She was a trend setter, a trait our family is truly thankful for, as we have many things to look back on, to be reminded of her.
Later, after Madeline was born, settling down was a struggle for Cassie, but eventually she became an excellent mother. They used to do a lot of fun things together, like going on a “dinner date” every Friday, and Cassie was always so happy and proud of her little "mini-me". We were very proud and impressed at how good she got at being a single mother.
As time went on, she slowly slipped away from us, but as distant as she may have become, she never once stopped loving her daughter. Her lifestyle no longer fit in with normal society but she always cared about her families and old friends. She was aware of what she left behind and she definitely regretted it a lot of times. Addiction is a steep, down-hill path that is very hard to climb back up, but she was trying.
We are so thankful she spent the last few weeks of her life at home, with her mom. She was clean for over a week and was starting to be her old self. Cassie spent the last day of her life with her brother Reggie, watching YouTube videos and laughing and making bad puns, as if nothing had ever changed. She lost herself for a long time but the real Cassie was still in there and fighting to come back. We feel extremely blessed that we were able to see the real her one last time.
We've missed you a lot over the past few years Cassie, but we are happy you can finally be at peace, and we know you've finally found your place in this universe.
Cassie’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.
On Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 4pm, at McKittrick Park, 790 Rathgar Ave., we will be building a temporary memorial in Cassie’s honour. We invite people to come and light a candle, sing a song, say a prayer, tell a story, or just say goodbye. (There will be no formal service or reception and there are no public washrooms). We also ask that people bring a donation of winter gear for the homeless, such as; jackets, ski pants, hats, mitts, scarves, socks, boots, tents, firewood, sleeping bags, blankets, or make an online monetary donation to RAY https://rayinc.ca/act/donate/ in Cassie’s name.
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