Suddenly on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, of Collier Twp. Son of the late Angelo and Genevieve Cardamone; beloved husband of Veronica (Wittas) Cardamone; loving father of Karen (Michael) Chierico and Kristin (Ryan) Weber; brother of Dee (late Frank) Nesta; brother-in-law of Helen (Gene) Lucatorto and Daniel Wittas; nephew of Theresa Mull; proud grandfather of Stella, Nicolas, Angelo, Brady and Beau; also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.
Casper was employed with the Pennsylvania American Water Company for over 37 years.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the SZAFRANSKI-EBERLEIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., where family and friends will be received Monday, December 21, 2020 from 3-7 p.m. at 101 Third St., Carnegie. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Casper will be laid to rest with full military honors in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
In following CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing are required for visitation, mass, and burial.
Casper was loved, respected, and admired by so many. He is consistently remembered for his infectious smile, upbeat personality, and positive demeanor. Casper was happy by nature—but it was his relationships with family and friends that brought him endless joy.
Casper’s happiness began and ended with his wife of 50 years—Veronica Wittas Cardamone. They met as “kids” from rival high schools—a Char Valley Majorette and a jock from Carnegie High. Their love grew into a genuine partnership steeped in commitment to one another. Casper and Roni were best friends in every sense. In their later years, they traveled the country together, spent many late nights “binge watching” TV shows and movies, and enjoyed retirement at their beloved home of 30 years in Rennerdale (which Casper affectionately referred to as “God’s Country”). Casper’s love for his wife brought him to tears on many occasions; Roni and Casper genuinely had a love for the ages.
Casper’s dedication to “his girls” continued with his daughters—Karen and Kristin. He supported both through thick and thin—an unforgettable presence at every game, meet, band festival, and recital. He volunteered to coach and chaperone and helped with moves in and out of college, to New York, Indiana, Virginia, and back again. Anything his girls needed, Casper was there. He could not have been more thrilled when in 1998 and 2012 his daughters were married. Casper adored his sons-in-law, Mike and Ryan, as if they were his own sons. Needless to say, he made it hard on them. These were girls who never took out a single bag of trash or got into a cold car—but we know Casper left comforted that Mike and Ryan had “figured it out.” Karen and Kristin were in good hands.
By the time his grandchildren came around, Casper transitioned into the role of “Pap” with his whole heart. Stella, Nicolas, Angelo, Brady, and Beau became the center of his universe. He cared for each of them as babies and was thrilled to watch them grow through the years. Casper and Roni spent the equivalent of many months cutting a path from Pittsburgh to Northern Virginia to support Stella, Nick, and Angelo in their sports and activities. Swim meets, triathlons, dance recitals, wrestling matches, and baseball games—Casper took great joy in seeing his older grandkids pursue their evolving passions. Brady was lucky enough to have Casper as a babysitter for the first two years of his life. They became best friends—from trips to the Sewickley library to knee hockey and basketball in the basement—for Brady, the sun rose and set on Pap. Casper only spent nine months with baby Beau, but he was already taken by Beau’s toothy grin and growing appetite. The last picture taken of Casper was with sweet Beau on his lap. He had pride in his eyes and love in his heart.
Casper’s beaming smile was backed by happiness caused by so much and so many…
- His wife, daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren.
- His sister Dee and her family—who Casper never forgot defended her little brother from a bully on the school bus nearly 65 years ago.
- His loving sister-in-law Nan—and his brothers-in-law, Daniel and Gene and their families. Casper loved you dearly.
- His cousins from Southview—Mick, Terry, and Victoria—who Casper always said were like siblings.
- His great friends from the Water Company—who he loved like brothers.
- The City of Pittsburgh—for which he was ambassador everywhere he traveled.
- Carnegie—his hometown—where he made lasting memories with his mother, father, sister, and lifelong friends. Carnegie was always just “a few minutes down the road…” from anywhere Casper lived.
- The Steelers—through thick and thin--“bums” or not—we were always the City of Champions to Casper.
- And, of course, an infinite number of extended family members, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances from over the years—about each of whom Casper had a special story he could retell with precise and vivid detail.
Casper was absolutely devoted to his family and friends. Every person he encountered in his 72 years had a profound impact on his life and was etched on his heart.
Casper—“Cass”—“P”—“Dad”—“DA”—“Pap”—We love you. We miss you—you are forever etched on our hearts.