Cassidy, Charles Francis (Spitz)

Written by ECA Review

The family of Charles (Spitz) Francis Cassidy is heartbroken to announce the passing of their husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle. 

Spitz was born on July 15, 1935 at the Cassidy Farm in the Linda Hall area near Stettler, Alta. and lived his entire life in the Stettler and Donalda area. 

Spitz received his nickname very early in life because of his little Spitz breed dog that followed him everywhere. 

He passed away peacefully on March 31, 2021. 

On Feb. 1, 1955 he married Aleta Ann Smith and together, on a ranch east of Donalda, they raised six children: Gwen (Robert Robinson) and children Lee, Jace (Melanie), Lisa and Shane (Julia); Greg (Margaret) and children Curtis (Shannon), Cody (Tanya) and Kirby (Dustin); John (Betty Ann) and children Shanon (Kyle), Bo (Chelsea), Charly (Reid) and Guy (Cherisse); Connie and children Cal (Nichole), Marcie (Brent), Luke (Celene) and Ty; Debbie (Rick Shepherd) and children Charlotte (Robert), Nolan (Myranda) and Joel (Kerri); Rose (Blake Butterfield) and children Kelsy, Cole (Lacey) and Reid (Justine). 

Cumulatively these 21 grandchildren have added another 52 great-grandchildren to the family tree. A truly remarkable legacy. 

Next to his family, there was nothing Spitz loved more than horses and rodeo and he fostered that love in his children. 

He was well known for his sense of humour and sharp wit. He was an extremely hard worker and took great pride in a job well done. 

Spitz will be missed so much by Aleta, his wife of 66 years, his children and grandchildren along with their spouses his great-grandchildren; brothers Al, Frank (Carline), and Bill; sisters-in-law Gwen and Gayle, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws. 

Spitz was predeceased by his eldest grandson Lee on Jan. 6, 2021; brothers Leonard (Buzz), Terrence (Ned), John and sister-in-law Nancy and Lyle; sister Joyce, sister-in-law Stella and parents Tom and Genevieve (Viv) Cassidy. 

As per Spitz’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service. Restrictions permitting, there will be a celebration of life for Spitz at a later date. 

Donations may be made to the Stettler Hospital Foundation ( or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Condolences can be sent to the family at Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements, 403-742-3422.

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