Michael Cascia

Michael Cascia

Tuesday, May 2nd, 1950 Sunday, June 28th, 2020

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Obituary for Michael P. Cascia

Michael P. Cascia, 70, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 28, 2020 at his home in Enfield, CT, after a long battle with liver complications. He is survived by his daughter, Jona Tarnowicz and son-in-law Jim Tarnowicz; his son Mick Cascia and his son Philip Cascia and his wife Natalie; his son-in-law, Chris Neil; and his grandchildren, Michaela Tarnowicz and her fiancé Alex Szwed and Danielle Tarnowicz, Katie Neil, and CJ Neil. He was predeceased by his loving wife Delia Cascia, daughter Trinidad Neil, his parents Charles and Rose Cascia, and brother Rev. Philip J. Cascia.
Mike was born May 2, 1950 and grew up in Enfield with his brother, Philip. He attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT and St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD. After graduating from the seminary, he pursued his dream of raising a family, and married Delia Casaol Cascia. He continued his education, receiving a Masters of Education from the University of Hartford. He was devoted to his family as a father and grandfather.
Mike loved people and he loved the Arts, especially opera. He discovered opera at age 16 and his passion for music grew into a lifelong pursuit. After retirement, he became the “Opera Buff,” an advocate and teacher of opera in the local community, ranging from the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC to Glimmerglass in Cooperstown, NY. He was on the board for Opera Connecticut and supported local productions in Connecticut and Massachusetts, bringing busloads of people to these performances. He loved to make opera more accessible to everyone through his classes, and his infectious enthusiasm influenced others to become opera lovers and patrons just like him. We can only imagine the number of people inspired through his dedication, as well as the joy he received back from the community.
Please join us in celebrating his life Thursday, July 2, 2020. Viewing will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., immediately followed by a service at 4:00 p.m. at Leete-Stevens Funeral Home, 61 South Road, Enfield, CT. He will be interred at Saint Patrick’s Cemetery, 1558 King Street, Enfield, CT on Friday morning July 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Please meet directly at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in our Dad’s memory to The Metropolitan Opera, 30 Lincoln Center, NY, NY 10023 or Connecticut Opera, PO Box 370341, West Hartford, CT 06137.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT
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    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
  • Interment

    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery
    King Street
    Enfield, CT
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    Friday, July 3rd, 2020

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All our love - Chris, Katie and CJ and Lenny and Regina Reyes sent flowers to the family of Michael P. Cascia.
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All our love - Chris, Katie and CJ and Lenny and Regina Reyes sent flowers to the family of Michael P. Cascia.
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Cozette Haggerty

To Michael‘s family, he was a huge inspiration in my retired life for the past few years. His love of opera was infectious, he was such a good teacher, and they love to all of us. I shall miss him tremendously and appreciate the love of opera he gave to me for the past few years. May he rest on peace, and enjoy his opera in heaven!
Comment | Posted at 08:36pm via Condolence


To the Cascia family,
May it comfort you to know others are thinking of you at this difficult time. We always enjoyed your visits to St. Anthony's in Prospect. May you find peace and strength with each passing day.
Love, Stella & Mike LoGiudice
Comment | Posted at 04:07pm via Condolence

Elizabeth Messenger

Mike and I worked at the Federal Reserve Bank for over 30 years. Although he worked nights and I worked days our paths would cross. I remember him as a totally devoted family man and opera buff. He had a very kind soul and was good to everyone. Rest in peace Mike.
Betsy Messenger
Comment | Posted at 06:57pm via Condolence

Bob & Diane

The picture says it all. Mike was always smiling. He will be greatly missing. Our hearts go out to the whole family.
Comment | Posted at 03:08pm via Condolence

Carolyn Hebert

Peace Be With You. Mike leaves special opera memories and smiles. Carolyn Hebert from
Stafford Springs CT
Comment | Posted at 10:47am via Condolence

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