Obituaries

Kevin James Cascio, 23

November 10, 1991 - June 23, 2015

After his eight year-long battle with addiction, Kevin’s fight is over. It breaks my heart to tell you that yesterday we lost a son, a brother, a friend and one of the most compassionate souls ever to have walked the earth. As Kevin’s young life ends, the rest of our lives are changed forever; made better by walking alongside of him, if only for a short while. We remember his sweet smile, his tender-loving disposition and his adventurous light, his gentle spirit, playful demeanor and unconditional love for those held in his heart. He touched the lives of many in his short 23 years and we hope that his story will continue to reach those who also battle the darkness that is substance abuse. We celebrate the life that he lived, because sin has lost its power, and death has lost its sting.

Kevin was born in Lancaster 23 years ago to his loving parents James F. and Kimberly M. (Wiggins) Cascio of Millersville. He was a very loving, compassionate, loyal, respectful, hardworking and committed young man. Kevin loved animals and was very sensitive in a good way.

Kevin graduated from Hempfield High School, where he participated in Track & Field. He attended Cairn University for counseling and worked for Lancaster Fine Foods. Kevin had been active in IMPACT Youth at Calvary Church and was involved with the addiction support group at Grace Baptist Church.

Kevin’s family includes his parents James and Kimberly; his sister Nicole Cascio of Lancaster; the family Golden Retriever Zoe; his grandparents, Robert and Mary Ann Wiggins and Ruth Cascio and the late Frank Cascio, all of Lancaster; aunts and uncle, Barry and Kelly Wiggins and Dave and Cathy Stoltz; and his cousins, Tyler and Cory Stoltz and Jessica and Chad Wiggins.

A memorial service will be held 11 AM, Friday, June 26, 2015, at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Rd., Lancaster, PA, with Rev. George May officiating. Kevin’s family will greet friends immediately following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Water Street Ministries, PO Box 7267, Lancaster, PA 17604 or Dream Center, 2301 Bellevue Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026.

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June 30, 2015

Dear Cascio Family
I’m sorry for your loss. It also breaks my heart to see him go this way. It is so incredibly sad. I understand the struggles of addiction. I’ve only known him a couple of years but he was a good kid.
Ahmad Chaudhary

June 29, 2015

Dear Cascio Family,
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time.
With deepest sympathy,
Craig Rappaport

June 28, 2015

Cascio Family,
It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge your loss. Your memorial to Kevin is “Spot On”. I remember Kevin just as you describe him, full of sparkle and shine. A fine young man!! He is not forgotten, only appreciated.
Jack and Ann Willett

June 28, 2015

Dear Kim, Jim and Nicole, I have such warm memories of your family during those Schaeffer elementary years and am so deeply saddened to hear of Kevin’s loss. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your extended family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Cathy Roth

June 27, 2015

Dear Jim and Kim,
Jeanne and I are so saddened to hear of your heart-wrenching loss.   Yes, as you write, death hath lost its sting because our Maker, Redeemer, and Friend is not defeated by any disease, and He who “who heals all our diseases” has given ultimate healing to your wonderful son.  We are praying so much for you as you feel this painful separation.  
Yours in Christ,
David and Jeanne Jackson

June 27, 2015

So sorry for your great loss. So sorry for you and your family. Rip. Kevin. It was a privilege to get to know ya. Fly high bro. The battle is over. God bless Sincerely Vadarerick P Leer.

June 27, 2015

Kim & Jim,
Words cannot express my sadness for you both and Nicole. I would have been there to support you had I been aware of Kevin’s passing. I’ll be praying for you and remebering your handsome young man always.
Our love to you,
Carolyn & Bob Blackburn

June 26, 2015

Dear Cassio Family,
    We can not imagine what you are going through at this time.  We both have fond memories of Kevin and Nicole from school – so long ago, it seems!  We pray that God’s Grace is sufficient for all of you each day.
Blessings and Love,
Judy and Ed Sykes

June 26, 2015

Dear Cascio family,
We are very sad to hear of Kevin’s passing. We remember Kevin and your family from when we were neighbors and fellow Schaeffer Gator students and families. Kevin was always such a cute and sweet little boy. I hope you are comforted by happy memories of Kevin and all of his wonderful qualities, listed in his beautifully written obituary. Sorry to the Stoltz family also for the loss of a nephew and cousin. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by the love of family and friends at this most difficult time. Sincerely, Cindy, Mike, Emily and Sarah Butz

June 26, 2015

I am so very sorry for your family’s loss.  Please accept my sincere condolences on Kevin’s passing.  I will be holding your family in my prayers.  
 
Linda Bruce (former neighbor, Grandview Heights)

June 26, 2015

Dear Kim, Jim & Nicole, We are so happy that we had the opportunity to meet Kevin, we only wish that we had more time to get to know him. We are so very sorry for your loss! The memorial service today was beautiful. We have come to love Nicole and feel that she is a part of our family.  We look forward to getting to know you better.  Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.  
Colleen, Roy and Brendan

June 26, 2015

Paul and I were blessed today by the beautiful, grace filled memorial service for Kevin. In the midst of deep pain and loss, your love for Kevin and God’s love for us all truly shone through. We pray that God wll strengthen you in this journey of grief and ask that His everlasting arms will hold and support you. Thank you for opening our eyes to the heart wrenching pain and struggle that comes with addiction. We praise God that His grace is enough for every need, especially for those who battle this terrible disease. 
We love you!  Praying!
Paul and Sue Pearce

June 26, 2015

There are no words to help the hurt but you are all in my thoughts and prayers not only through this very hard time but in the upcoming months. My heart is hurting with you.
With Heartfelt Love,
Steph Baughman

June 26, 2015

We were so sad to see the news of Kevin’s passing.  We hate the disease of addiction and that it could take a young man that had many God-given gifts.  We was blessed to have known Kevin through our Celebrate Recovery Program and were so happy when he joined us at our home the other year for our annual picnic.   Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, James and Kimberly.  Having a 21 year old son ourselves, we can’t imagine the sadness you must be feeling.  But your Kevin is now with your Lord and smiling that wonderful smile of his…pain-free and struggle-free.  Many prayers coming your way
– Frank and Sharon Burnside
 

June 26, 2015

Though I don’t know your family and did not know Kevin, I felt compelled to write you a condolence.  My heart breaks for your family, and I know you must be in quite a lot of pain over the loss of your dear son.  I too have a son who has had the same addiction issues, also for a number of years. The courage that it must have taken to honestly write the reason for Kevin’s death in his obituary is overwhelming to me and I admire your strength and fortitude.  Your eloquent expression of your love and respect for your son truly touched me, and I too felt grief for your loss.  Prayers for your family.  Kristen

June 26, 2015

Dear Grieving Family,
I do not know any of you, nor Kevin, but I want to commend you for the way his obituary was written and published.  I can only pray that more families would face this issue, and it’s costs, so lovingly.  You have endured the nightmare so many of us who have loved ones in addiction live with.  My heart goes out to you regarding the loss, and the promise, of this talented young man. 
Tanya H West

June 26, 2015

A beautiful tribute to your beautiful boy. As the parent of a heroin addict, I understand and my heart cries for you. I am truly sorry for your loss. I commend you for your honesty and hope it will open some hearts and minds to the needs of our young addicts. I wish love and peace to all that loved Kevin.

June 26, 2015

I do not know your family but my heart breaks for you. Thank you for being so real in the journey you have been on in the past eight years. May you being honest in the loving way your words were written,help even one person caught in addiction. May God grant you the peace and grace in the days and years ahead and remember with joy the great attributes of your son that you shared with us all. God will be with you
Blessings
Allen

June 25, 2015

Helping to carry you through these days with fervent prayers.Love you all so much. Gentle hugs,
Nancy Meyer 

June 25, 2015

So sorry for your loss, Kevin sounds like he was a wonderful man. And thank you immensely for having the courage to let others know what took him….. we need more families to take this step as a reminder to those still suffering that they are not invincible. …. God Bless.

June 25, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. Kevin will be greatly missed. I had the privilege of working with him at LFF. His smile always brightened my day. I will never forget the smile on his grandfather’s face the day he brought Kevin’s shoes to work and I thought he was his father. He talked all the time about his grandparents and always with a smile on his face. Rest in Peace Kevin until we meet again in Heaven.
Shirley Burkholder

June 25, 2015

I have never met Kevin or any of your family.  My reason for writing is to offer my condolence for your loss.  Your obituary brought tears to my eyes.  I have a son that fights substance issues that at times are life threatening.  I could have been reading his obituary as he sounds like the same person.  Your thoughts are an inspiration to all those faced with such issues.  
May your life without your child be as rewarding in some manner as your memories with him.  God bless. 
 

June 25, 2015

We are heartbroken with you at Kevin’s passing after such a long struggle. Michelle had been in contact with him at times and he was so supportive to her. Please know that you are all in our prayers. This is something that those of us with loved ones caught in addiction face every day, and only with the supporting arms of our heavenly Father can we survive to tell our stories. If you need to talk with someone who is walking in it now, you can reach me at any time ( Deb – 682-5131)  In much love, Deb and Joe Mauro

June 25, 2015

this is the most beautiful tribute to a beloved person living with addiction.  your peace is felt thru your words & i wish for it to grow with time. my heartfelt condolences to your family & friends.  peace

June 25, 2015

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June 25, 2015

I’m sincerely sorry for your loss. Let us look forward to adding the qualities Kevin exhibited and shared with us, to our own, and sharing them with our friends in the future.
Our condolences,
Matt and Rachel Schofield

June 25, 2015

Dear Jim & Kim,
Our prayers are with you duting this time of loss of your dear son, I Remember Kevin being on the same Usher team as i was at Calvary Church and will always remember him as a fine young gentleman.
 
Elmer & Mary King
Former Attendees at Calvary Church

June 25, 2015

I am a stranger to your son and family. But as a parent of two children with the same addiction , I want offer my condolances to you and your family at this difficult time. I hope you get some peace knowing he is no longer hurting with this terrible disease. Again I am sorry for your loss.
                           Denise

June 25, 2015

Good morning Cascio family:
You do not know me personally, but I had to write and tell you how touched I was with the tribute in the morning paper.  It breaks my heart to know what your family is going through and has gone through for the past 8 years.  I will be praying for your family. 
Debbie L. Heisey
Manheim, PA

Services
Friday, June 26, 2015
11:00 AM
Calvary Church
1051 Landis Valley Road
Lancaster, PA
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