Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

In Memory of FReeper The Crow
Obituary ^ | 1/13/2012

Posted on 10/05/2012 1:43:12 PM PDT by LouD

Donald Jeffrey Casser (“DJ” to his friends and Jeff within the family) succumbed to lung cancer and its related complications on January 13 at Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee. He is preceded in death by his father, Donald G. Casser, and is survived by his mother, Carolyn Casser (Wauwatosa); sister, Linda Casser Locke (Philadelphia), brother-in-law, Keith E. Locke, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jeff was born on May 8, 1955, in New Hampshire while his father served as a pilot with the US Navy and spent the majority of his life in Wauwatosa and Milwaukee. From his earliest years, he expressed an independent spirit and creative approach to his life. After graduation from Wauwatosa East High School, he attended and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance. He pursued a career in the commodities exchange arena, holding a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade and working as an active trader there for approximately eight years. Upon leaving Chicago and after a brief tenure as a desk Trader for Baird in Milwaukee, Jeff decided to strike out on his own entirely with the founding of his Milwaukee-based company, Black Diamond Racing. His creativity and focus upon perfection resulted in highly crafted, beautifully finished, patent-protected (his own patent), carbon fiber-derived boards and cones, designed to minimize electronic interference and vibration for very high end stereo components. His primary customers were international stereo aficionados who appreciated both the performance and beauty of his products.

Born into a sail boat racing family and active in the Milwaukee Yacht Club for years, Jeff served as crew and skipper for many, many races, including top three finishes in the annual Chicago-Mackinac Race. At Penn, Jeff earned a letter in crew, plying the waters of the Schuylkill River. He exhibited his free spirit in many ways, including go-cart racing, motorcycles, and active membership in the Patriot Guard Riders, supporting fallen American soldiers and their families. Known for his attention to detail and demand for perfection in his projects, he has left many reminders of his excellent craftsmanship in hand-made model ships, exquisite furniture pieces, and in ornate carpentry work in his family home. His products from Black Diamond Racing will serve as his legacy for beauty, craftsmanship, product performance, and unswerving attention to detail.

Jeff and his family wish to expressly thank the nurses, doctors, and support staff at Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee for the care, compassion, and professionalism so consistently and considerately shared with Jeff and his family. While we are deeply sorry to lose Jeff in the prime of life, his battle with cancer was a very difficult one that he fought bravely, and we are confident that he is now at peace.


TOPICS: Announcements; Free Republic; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: freeper; inmemory; rip; thecrow
It is with great sadness that I inform you that our longstanding Wisconsin FReeper friend “The Crow” passed away back in January.

DJ was the guy who told me about Free Republic back in 2000. He and I worked together in the 2000 demonstrations in Milwaukee and Madison in support of President Bush during the Florida recount and the constitutional challenge to his presidency. Likewise, the 2003 Support Our Troops Rallies in Milwaukee. Besides FR, he was also involved with the Patriot Guard.

We stayed in contact, although not as frequently as we should have, he worked with me during the 2008 and 2010 elections. When I couldn’t reach him during the recall elections in June, I assumed that he was just too busy. Today, upon trying to reach him again, I got an email from his colleagues at work passing along the sad news.

He was a good conservative, a good FReeper, and a good man.

1 posted on 10/05/2012 1:43:16 PM PDT by LouD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: LouD

Prayers up


2 posted on 10/05/2012 1:45:36 PM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Prayers from the Levy family.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 1:46:58 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama (The Doomsday Clock is at 11:59:00......tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

AFTR, would you mind pinging the Wisconsin list.


4 posted on 10/05/2012 1:47:35 PM PDT by LouD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Please accept my condolences. Prayers for his family and friends.


5 posted on 10/05/2012 1:48:55 PM PDT by azishot (When your life is on the line, lead is worth more than gold.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jim Robinson

BTTT


6 posted on 10/05/2012 1:53:10 PM PDT by LouD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Prayers for his family from this Pittsburgh FReeper.

Lost my Dad to the same thing 4 yrs ago, and it’s awful...

As for The Crow - he’s with the good guys now, looking out for the rest of us.

God Bless them all....

LB


7 posted on 10/05/2012 1:53:47 PM PDT by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD
You are a good person, also, LouD......for informing us and writing such a nice tribute about one of our freeper brothers.

Bless you, and may the Lord comfort the family and friends of such an outstanding citizen, talented creator and loyal Freeper.

Leni

8 posted on 10/05/2012 2:01:15 PM PDT by MinuteGal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: al baby

RIP The Crow


9 posted on 10/05/2012 2:04:06 PM PDT by funfan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: MinuteGal

Thanks, Leni.

DJ and I traded emails periodically, and meant to get together for a beer, but our busy schedules got in our way. Looking back, I wish I’d tried harder. He was a great guy, and he’ll be missed.


10 posted on 10/05/2012 2:08:15 PM PDT by LouD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: LouD

RIP The Crow


11 posted on 10/05/2012 2:09:57 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD
Prayers to his family & friends.

Jeff's posting history can be seen here.

12 posted on 10/05/2012 2:27:24 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

RIP to The Crow


13 posted on 10/05/2012 2:27:24 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

RIP.


14 posted on 10/05/2012 2:28:20 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Prayers up for his family.


15 posted on 10/05/2012 2:30:44 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

RIP. Prayers for his family and loved ones.


16 posted on 10/05/2012 2:34:36 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Impressive in life...prayers for The Crow and his loved ones.


17 posted on 10/05/2012 2:40:32 PM PDT by CreviceTool ( Obama is standing above the country above - above the world, he is sort of a God = Evan Thomas)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

May GOD rest his soul and comfort his family and friends.

LLS


18 posted on 10/05/2012 2:53:22 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("If it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
Amen.
19 posted on 10/05/2012 2:59:06 PM PDT by monkapotamus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Sorry to hear it.


20 posted on 10/05/2012 3:05:01 PM PDT by GVnana
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD
"the crow" liked this. God bless him and his family.
21 posted on 10/05/2012 3:06:28 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Thank you.

Prayers


22 posted on 10/05/2012 3:14:29 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

May he RIP.


23 posted on 10/05/2012 3:14:31 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Didn’t know him, but it looks like he was a real trouper. RIP


24 posted on 10/05/2012 3:36:30 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

I met him at one of those events...it was cold in downtown Milwaukee, and he was a great guy. I am sad to hear of his untimely passing.


25 posted on 10/05/2012 3:38:13 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

RIP THE CROW...


26 posted on 10/05/2012 3:46:11 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

May he Rest In Peace and our prayers are with his loved ones.


27 posted on 10/05/2012 3:49:10 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Obama gives us the gift of downward mobility)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Prayers from our family to his.


28 posted on 10/05/2012 4:02:27 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Find your tack on heaven’s wind, Crow, and take your seat on the right hand of The Lord. God bless.


29 posted on 10/05/2012 4:39:42 PM PDT by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Much too young.

Prayers up.


30 posted on 10/05/2012 4:50:30 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Eternal rest DJ.


31 posted on 10/05/2012 4:50:58 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Thanks for your nice post about the loss of a Freeper.

Also thanks for reminding us all to keep in touch with eachother-—tempus fugit.

.


32 posted on 10/05/2012 4:56:53 PM PDT by Mears
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Prayers for him, for his family and for us.

Remember to recruit young freepers for the board. We need to encourage young conservatives.


33 posted on 10/05/2012 5:30:29 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Prayers to his family.


34 posted on 10/05/2012 5:42:58 PM PDT by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

I encourage you to put this on FR’s memorial wall if you have not already.

http://www.freerepublic.com/memorial/memorial.htm

A good place for all of us to bookmark; it would be well to put up a tribute to FReepers you know who have passed on.


35 posted on 10/05/2012 5:56:52 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Persevero

Thanks, I have already asked Jim to do so.


36 posted on 10/05/2012 6:16:11 PM PDT by LouD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: LouD
RIP The Crow

BUMP

37 posted on 10/05/2012 9:09:37 PM PDT by fhillary2 (Typical White Lurker)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; bushwon; ...

Sad ping: Long time FRee Republic stawlwart, The Crow, passes.

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.

May he rest in peace.


38 posted on 10/06/2012 5:06:26 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic
Prayers and condolences for all his family and friends. May Freeper, The Crow, rest in peace.
39 posted on 10/06/2012 6:34:54 PM PDT by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Rest in peace Jeff.


40 posted on 10/06/2012 6:49:52 PM PDT by mimaw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

Jeff walks with Jesus ... I Can Only Imagine (for the Honor of The Crow) ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xwzItqYmII


41 posted on 10/08/2012 7:34:01 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LouD

So long to my pal *The Crow.* See you around, buddy.


42 posted on 10/24/2012 4:21:03 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson