Donald Freely McCasland and Jesse Lee McCasland


Donald Freely McCasland (June 4, 1940 – Nov. 26, 2020)

Jesse Lee McCasland (Sept. 14, 1983 – Sept. 13, 2020)

Donald Freely McCasland, for many years known as “Chuck the Barber,” passed away quietly and peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2020, in Rutland Regional Hospital. Only a few months earlier on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, his youngest son Jesse Lee McCasland had unexpectedly joined their family of angels in heaven.

With Chuck’s illness and mobility issues he expressed he would not be able to go to a service for Jesse. An in-house prayer service was scheduled and then postponed due to Chuck’s illness. A double prayer service for Chuck and Jesse will be held at their home in Granville on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. If unable to attend, please stop by another time.

Chuck was born and raised in Lake Placid, New York, the son of James and Minnie McCasland, with sisters Violet and Roberta. He was on the football and hockey teams, played in the high school band and toured the North Country playing drums with a band composed of his talented aunt and cousins playing popular tunes and square dances. After high school he proudly joined the U.S. Army and served in the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper based in Clarksville, Tennessee. After his military service, Chuck began his career as a barber in the Morristown area of New Jersey. There he married and had his first son, Donald, who also served and retired from the 101st.

In 1977 Chuck married Mavis Makarick and moved to Queensbury, New York. There he opened his own barbershop Shear Image in the Sokols’ Market complex. In 1983 his son Jesse was born. To be near his school, Chuck opened and later retired from Chuck’s Hair Center, a barber and beauty shop on Main Street in Granville, New York.

Chuck was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 323 of Granville, New York. For several years, he was the Legion’s service officer and participated and led their Color Guard. Chuck also was proud to serve at the Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery where he was part of and led the Monday Honor Guard.

Like his father, Jesse was a member of his high school football team and played drums as a hobby in the Granville High School band and for a period at hischurch. Jesse also was very patriotic and for several years served with the Sons of the Legion and participated in many parades driving the Legions’ Deuce and a Half.

Jesse was a caring, giving person who quietly always helped a friend in need. Unknown to him, Jesse had been baptized as an infant at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Glens Falls. As an adult Jesse returned to church and was baptized again in 2014 by his friend Pastor Derik Bartholomew at Cornerstone Outreach Church. For many years Jesse also volunteered each week at the church-run food pantry.

Chuck was known for telling jokes and his terrific Donald Duck impersonation, which impressed his nurses in the hospital. And to tease Jesse, Chuck disliked the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys.

Jesse was known for his smile and laugh and his love of being part Irish and German, the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, NASCAR, Dale Sr. and Jr., WWE wrestling, attending music concerts, playing his drums and caring for and raising his pigs.

They both loved to fish for trout in the streams and the Mettawee River, and catfish in the canal. They especially enjoyed deer hunting on the property and during the many family trips over Thanksgiving to Jesse’s Uncle Bill and Aunt Janet’s in West Virginia, making and eating venison bologna and returning home with many antlers.

Chuck and Jesse are survived by wife and mother Mavis, son and brother Donald, his wife Joanne and their children Angela and Ian of Tennessee. They also are survived by the children and families of Chuck’s sisters: James in Texas, Michelle of New York, Scott in South Carolina, Chad in Utah, and in heaven Shawn. Survivors also include Chuck’s mother-in-law and Jesse’s grandmother Jean Edwards, her daughter Janet and husband Bill Roberts of West Virginia and her son Martin Makarick and his daughter Katie of New York, as well as great aunt Margot Winter of Pennsylvania, great aunt Nancy Hinson of North Carolina and numerous cousins and their families: Leslie, Toni, David and Steven of North Carolina and Charles Render of New Jersey.

Thank you to the family of neighbors, friends, nurses and family who have helped Chuck and Jesse over the last few years and the last few difficult months.

In lieu of flowers please send any gifts in their names to help local people in need through Jesse’s church, Cornerstone Outreach Church1767 State Route 196, Fort Edward, NY 12828 or the church’s food pantry at https://regionalfoodbank.net/agencies/cornerstone-outreach-center-food-pantry/