The Waugh Family
An historical and photographic perspective
The Cassidy House, 1040 2nd Avenue, Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada
George Cassidy's parents were John Cassidy and Mary Cunningham. Born in Killybeg, Donegal, Ireland, Dec 18, 1848, George landed in New York at the age of 21, but his Irish blood moved him westward to Cheyenne where he became a teamster. George Cassidy emigrated from Ireland to the USA in about 1869 and lived for awhile in Wyoming. According to his obituary in the Official Journal of the B. C. Provincial Police, "he was asked to go with General Custer when he was forming the expedition against Chief Sitting Bull but refused. George often said afterwards that he had saved his own life by refusing when the Sioux Indians wiped out the expedition". Custer's Last Stand was June 25, 1876. I remember the family story that he was a scout with Custer but had an appendicitis attack and had to go to San Francisco just before the "expedition". The 1876 Voter Registration for San Francisco California has a George Cassidy, born in Ireland, Teamster, naturalized on Aug 21, 1874, in Boone, Missouri.
George's cousin, Thomas Cassidy, had come from Ireland and cleared land to farm in what became Cassidy, B.C. George came to B.C. to visit him in the late 1870's, met Catherine Grace Michael, married (Feb 3, 1881, in Nanaimo) and settled on the farm in North Oyster. George Cassidy was a provincial police constable from about 1900-1913 and built one of the first houses in Ladysmith.
George Cassidy married Catherine Grace Michael on Feb 3, 1881, in Nanaimo, B.C. Catherine's parents were Edward Henry Michael and Adelaide Norman.
The first school in North Oyster was established on April 30, 1891 and in September of that year school started in a 20 by 30 foot wooden structure located a few yards east of the present structure. The first trustees were George Cassidy, G. McGregor and J. Brenton, and the first teacher was Miss Kate Cairns. A school was established in the Diamond some years later. - from North Oyster History
George Cassidy, Jr. was born on July 12, 1893, in Nanaimo, B.C.
George Cassidy was Ladysmith's first
George Cassidy started his police career in South Wellington, and was later transferred to Ladysmith where he was the only policeman in the settlement of over 2,000. Later, in 1904, when Ladysmith became incorporated, Mr. Cassidy remained with the Provincial Force and worked harmoniously with Mr. J. Callander who was made a constable to comprise the whole Ladysmith City Police. After this time, George acted as policeman at large from Ladysmith to South Wellington and as a member of the Nanaimo Detachment. - from The Shoulder Strap, June 1949 - Nineteenth Edition: The Official Journal of the British Columbia Provincial Police.
Sometime between 1909 and 1911, John Waugh became a police officer for the City of Nanaimo. His daughter Janet Lindsay married George Cassidy, Jr. on June 3, 1922, at the Waugh home at 471 Selby Street.
George Cassidy, Jr. served with the Canadian Military in World War I. See the Particulars of Recruit.
George Cassidy, Jr. and Janet Lindsay Waugh celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 3, 1972, in Campbell River, B.C.
George Cassidy (born July 16, 1893) died on Nov 16, 1985, in Campbell river at the age of 92. Janet Lindsay Waugh (born March 20, 1898) died on April 16, 1990, at the age of 92. They are buried in the Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens (Garden of Devotions, Plot 319, C1 & C2), Cedar, British Coumbia.
George Waugh Cassidy
George Cassidy (son of George Cassidy and Janet Waugh) died in Campbell River on May 14, 2016, at the age of 84. He is buried in the Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, Cedar, Nanaimo Regional District. A memorial for George was held at the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre on July 31, 2016.
Celebration of Life
George is survived by his loving wife Patricia, children Catherine, George, Shannon, Jeanette, Diane (Don), John (Donna), many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren & extended family and friends. George was born in Nanaimo & spent his early years growing up on his much beloved family farm in Cedar. At the age of 16 George & his family moved to Campbell River where he resided until his passing. George spent a large part of his life working for M&B at the Menzie's Bay booming ground. George's passion was for the outdoors. Hunting, fishing or just taking the dog for a walk along the river was his passion. If you couldn't find George and there was a run on he was at the river. Husband, father and friend will be deeply missed. His joyful glee while heading out the door for a day of fishing on the Quinsam or Campbell, or a day of hunting with his loyal companion will forever be a picture hanging in our thoughts.
Remember me when flowers bloom
early in the Spring.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand. - Isaiah 41:10
The early morning sun lifting
the dew from the grass.