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Harold W. "Hal" Casey, 77, of Port Charlotte, Fla., a retired Hamburg automobile dealer, died Saturday (Aug. 28, 1999) in St.Joseph's Hospital, Port Charlotte, after a brief illness.

Born in Albany, he attended Union College and was a first lieutenant in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He also served during the Korean War.

Casey moved to the Buffalo area in 1952. Before starting his own business, he worked for his father, Harold Casey Sr., who owned Casey Chevrolet in South Buffalo.

He was president of Hal Casey Inc., which operated Volkswagen and Pontiac dealerships on Camp Road in the 1960s and 1970s, along with H.A.L. Leasing and a motorcycle, moped and snowmobile sales business, which closed in 1981. H.A.L. Leasing also operated the Clubhouse Restaurant on Camp Road, which closed in 1983.

After moving to Florida 16 years ago, Casey operated Florida Gold Auto Sales in Pinellas Park. He retired two years ago.

In Western New York, Casey was president of the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association in 1972 and was a director of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

He ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat and Conservative for Hamburg town supervisor in 1969.

He was a member of Council 220, Knights of Columbus, in Hamburg and a former member of Hamburg Country Club.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Dorothy Alden; a daughter, Kathleen Grimm of Chicago; three sons, Patrick of Chevy Chase, Md., Michael of Malone and Timothy of Hamburg; and five grandsons.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Port Charlotte.


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