James Howard Cassidy, aged 76, passed away on August 20, 2023, after a valiant battle against cancer. He was born in Ottawa on February 18, 1947. Sadly, Jim was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Darcy and Helen Cassidy, as well as his brother, Father Thomas Cassidy OMI, and his stepmother Agnes. He is survived by his three stepsisters: Pat, Diane, and Colleen. Jim will always be fondly remembered by his caring cousin, George Poirier, along with his wife Louise and their children, Michelle, Marc, and Lisa. Notably, Jim spent over 40 years as a cherished member of the L’Arche Community in Ottawa, where he served as a remarkable ambassador. His time at Grace Manor since February 2023 provided him with care and friendship that brought comfort and happiness during his last days. Jim’s kind-hearted nature and wonderful personality touched the lives of all those who had the privilege of knowing him. His absence will undoubtedly be deeply felt by all whom he encountered throughout his remarkable life.

Family and friends are welcome to pay their respects at the Whelan Funeral Home, located at 515 Cooper Street (between Bay and Lyon), on Thursday, August 24. Visitation hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held in honor of Jim at Our Lady of Fatima Church (153 Woodroffe Ave. Ottawa) on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 11 a.m. For further inquiries, please contact the Whelan Funeral Home at tel. 613-233-1488.

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