OBITUARY – Capt. Jennifer Casey

Capt. Jenn Casey. (Image: RCAF)


Halifax, N.S. March 1, 1985 – Kamloops, B.C. May 17, 2020

Captain Jennifer Casey tragically lost her life in Kamloops, British Columbia, while supporting an important mission that seemed designed for her.

Operation INSPIRATION was a mission with one focus, making Canadians happy in a time of uncertainty, and there was no better person in this world to carry out that mission than Jenn. Her beautiful smile and positively infectious personality could brighten anyone’s day and she proudly served the mission as she flew across our great nation with a team that she adored: the Snowbirds.

Jenn was fearless and determined with her work. She always knew what had to be done, and had a “stand back and watch me” attitude. She frequently led the charge when it came to public affairs in the Royal Canadian Air Force, something of which she was enormously proud. She was able to make everyone around her want to be better without trying to change them.

When not soaring with the Snowbirds, you could find her sampling selections from a local brewery or winery, curled up on the couch watching Star Wars with her partner Scott, or listening to her favourite band, The Tragically Hip.

Jenn had an artistic flair and was always eager to take on any new craft or creation.

Even though she loved fine food and drinks, she was also more than happy to stay in, order Domino’s and enjoy a bottle of Costco wine while watching her beloved Habs. She took the time to enjoy every moment, kicking off her shoes to walk barefoot in the grass, or spending her extra money on a fancy cheese plate or dessert without a second thought.

Jenn loved animals, but especially dogs, and they always loved her back. Scott could compile an entire photo album of her petting random dogs they would encounter during their adventures, but she especially loved their two fur babies, Daenerys and Goose.

Always active, she loved to cycle and distance run. Not content with just any race, Jenn scaled the steep mountains of Cape Breton while participating in the Cabot Trail Relay, and was more than happy to rub Scott’s nose in the fact she was more hardcore than he was.

Jenn held a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College, Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University.

She came to the Canadian Armed Forces through the Public Affairs Branch, which introduced her to her brothers and sisters in the military. As a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force she played a valued and essential role. In 2018, Jenn worked with the CF-18 Demo Team as the team’s Public Affairs Officer, Narrator and Coordinator. Jenn excelled in those roles so much she was handpicked to join 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, The Snowbirds, a job and a team that she adored.

Jenn is survived by her mother, Rose Casey (Rob Tough), father Jean-Pierre Thimot (Veronica Thimot) siblings Luc and Cosette, her maternal grandparents Warren and Lorraine Casey, paternal grandmother Pat Vartanian, uncles Mike Casey, Marcel Thimot, Aunt Denise Thimot-Whitney and cousins Corey, Zak and Joe, as well as many other great aunts, uncles and cousins who will miss her dearly.

All are sharing in this heartbreaking loss with the love of Jenn’s life and fellow Snowbird, Scott Boyd.

This hurt is also deeply felt by her “Highland Park Crew” whom she has known from grade school onward: Morgan Muise, Amy MacDonald, China O’Brien, Patricia Edem, and Catherine Murphy, as well as her entire former work-family at News 95.7 and dear friends Meghan Groff and Dan McDonald.

She was predeceased by her paternal grandfather Al Thimot; step grandfather, Reuben Vartanian as well as many great aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers please support your local SPCA, plant a couple of trees in her honour, or donate to your local food bank.

If you are not in a position to do any of the above, simply kick back on your deck, crack open a local brew and turn the volume up on The Hip in her memory.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funeral access will be limited; however,  Jenn’s loved ones will be hosting a celebration of her life when it’s safe for us to all hug each other.

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