Benjamin P. Casolare

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Benjamin P. Casolare

  • Birth 17 Oct 1919 Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
  • Death 12 Nov 1992 Lenox, Madison County, New York, USA
  • Burial Sheds, Madison County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 84693876


Syracuse, New York
The Post-Standard newspaper
Saturday, November 14, 1992
Page C-1, Column 6 (con't on next page)

Golf Course Builder Dies

CANASTOTA – Benjamin P. Casolare played his last game of golf Tuesday at Casolwood Golf Club, the course he helped design 24 years ago.

Thursday, Casolare, 73, died after suffering an injury to the back of the head when he fell off a wooden step ladder outside his home on Route 5 in the town of Lenox.

He was trying to clean leaves from his gutters, Madison County sheriff's deputies said.

An avid golfer and bowler, Casolare opened the Casolwood Golf Club in 1971 after he quit as a self-employed farmer in 1965. He operated the club with his wife, Anna Mae, and their partners, Delmer and Mary Wood, until it was sold to Dick Quick of Minoa in 1986.

Casolare built nine holes for the course beginning in 1968. Nine more holes were added after Quick took over.

Quick, 56, said Casolare played golf with family members for two hours Tuesday.

"He just loved golf and everybody liked him at the club. He always tried to make people happy," Quick said.

"We have lost a very close friend. In the six years I have known him he has been very helpful with the golf club. He was always willing to come off of his tractor and give free lessons down here. He didn't want to see anyone play badly."

Quick said Casolare was also as "honest as Abe. He'd walk a mile to pay you a nickel if he felt he cheated you out of some money."

Casolare's neighbors also were fond of him.

"He was a good fellow," said Jim Sheid, 65, of Route 5 in Lenox. "He was easygoing and didn't bother anybody. He just took care of his business and went on his way. It's too bad he's gone."

Another neighbor, Margaret New, knew the couple for more than 50 years. "He had lots of friends from his years at the golf course," she said. "He and his wife were good neighbors, easy to get along with."

A native of Syracuse, Casolare also lived in Sheds. He married Anna Mae Osborne June 14, 1940, in Mattydale.

Casolare was an Army veteran of World War II and a former tool and die maker with the Thermold Co. in Manlius.

He was a member of the Merchants and Pat Cutrie bowling leagues in Canastota.

Surviving besides his wife are one son, Peter Casolare of Canastota; two daughters, Linda Bacon and Judy Clarke, both of Canastota; three brothers, Charles and Harold Casolare, both of Mattydale, and Frank Casolare of Florida; four sisters, Mary Fay of Cicero, Beatrice Coir and Eva Hains, both of Mattydale, and Grace Brutcher of Clay; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services are at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Barres Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Sheds Cemetery, Sheds.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 206 Wilson Ave., Canastota.

Contributions may be made to the Greater Lenox Ambulance fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  • Added: 8 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84693876
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin P. Casolare (17 Oct 1919–12 Nov 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84693876, citing Sheds Cemetery, Sheds, Madison County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Tom C. (contributor 47524987) .