James Casserly Sr., 84, building inspector

March 09, 2006

James J. "Bud" Casserly Sr., a retired Baltimore County building inspector, ship model builder and longtime Overlea resident, died Sunday -- his 84th birthday -- of complications from pneumonia and emphysema at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Mr. Casserly was born and raised in Baltimore and cut short his public school education after the death of his father to help support his family.

He joined the Navy in 1942 and served aboard the destroyer escort USS Griswold as a shipfitter. While in the service, he earned his General Educational Development diploma, relatives said.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore and became a construction foreman for Milske Construction Co., a general contracting firm that he later owned. After closing the business in 1976, he worked as a building inspector for Baltimore County until retiring in 1992.

A skilled carpenter, Mr. Casserly enjoyed building detailed ship models in his basement.

"He built a model of the Griswold, carving the hull out of a block of wood by hand, and fabricated other parts out of wire and pins," said a son, Arthur C. Casserly of Perry Hall.

Mr. Casserly enjoyed golfing with two groups, the Sandblasters and Eagles, on area courses.

He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, and a member of the Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 183 and the Midtown Optimist Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue, Hamilton.

Also surviving are his wife of 62 years, the former Charlotte Milske; three other sons, Shawn P. Casserly of Overlea, and James J. Casserly Jr. and Chad Michael Casserly, both of Perry Hall; two daughters, Mary Diehl of Lothian and Adrianne Bayle of Phoenix, Baltimore County; a brother, Bernard Casserly of Perry Hall; a sister, Doris Pross of Baltimore; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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