April 28, 2017
Born in New York City
Resided in Palenville, NY
John was predeceased in death by his parents, his younger brother, Louie Casaliggi, his companion of many years, Marilyn (Maggie) White, and step-grandson, Michael White. He is survived by his two daughters, Denise Casaliggi and Dawn Silvestri, son-in-law, Joe Silvestri, stepchildren Pam and Jimmy Passaretti, Christine and Paul Mullen, Jerry White and Lance White as well as grandchildren Joseph, JP and Maria Silvestri; step-grandchildren Kori Castellano, Rachel, Lea and Connor Mullen; Kyle and Eric White; Jackson White; and several nieces and nephews.
Having been raised and educated in upper Manhattan and the Bronx, he was a true New Yorker. John served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army (D BTRY 98th AAA Battalion) from 1954 to 1956. His work careers extended from a "young" television repairman to union water boy, construction worker, to owning his own construction company. Learning from his father, he developed a passion for hunting and fishing, which began during trips to Phoenicia, New York. This was enjoyed with his brother, Louie, and a large group of friends. His interest in hunting began to wane, but his passion for fishing never did. He would take part in the Hudson River fishing tournaments, go on many City Island and Long Island charter boat trips, cod fishing upstate New York and Canada. He couldn't get enough of that – nor his love of trips to the casinos.
While John's roots were deeply embedded in the Bronx and his Italian family upbringing among aunts, uncles and cousins, he became comfortable in his new life in Palenville, New York after meeting Maggie. His last years there were spent caring for two loved family cats (who would guess??) Missy and Brandy.
Johnny's gruff ways kept him endeared to family and friends who knew him best. Others may have thought him rough around the edges. Whichever, he will be sorely missed. Salute, John!!
The family received guests on Sunday, April 30 and had visitation Tuesday, May 2 at the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Heights, Catskill, NY 12414. There will be a memorial celebration of Johnny's life at the Palenvillle Cemetery this July where he will be laid to rest with his Maggie.
Catskill, NY USA 12414
Palenville, NY USA 12463