Phillip “Carlitos” Casey, 28, returned to his heavenly home Sunday, August 17. He was born Carlos Monsalve on November 2, 1985, in Bogotá, Colombia. His parents, Marcey and Jim Casey, adopted him at age five months and brought him home to live with them in Lemont, Illinois. He was baptized into the Catholic faith and attended Mass until his medical problems made church attendance difficult. Carlitos was intelligent and had contagious joy and endless energy. He loved playing baseball and basketball, bowling, riding his horse, Schatzie, and having stories read to him—especially Dr. Seuss. Music and singing gave him great joy. He was particularly fond of “God Bless America!” He dearly loved and was loved by his late grandmother, Kay Hickey, and his great aunt, Nora Nolan. At age 8 he was diagnosed with a rare and incurable disorder, mucopolysaccharidosis type III C, also called Sanfilippo disorder. This congenital illness eventually causes cognitive and physical disability. Despite this all, he was generous and loving to all and loved back. In Galveston he attended Alamo Elementary, Austin Middle School, and Ball High School. We are grateful to all his dedicated teachers and therapists.
He is survived by his parents, godmother Maribeth Curl, aunt Celeste Casey, cousin Cailynne, her son Sean Phillip, who is named after him, uncles Phil and Jim Hickey, cousins Marianne, Jimmy, John, Joey, and many other relatives and friends who remember him fondly.
The Casey family is grateful to the attention provided by the Hospice Care Team, the nurses and physicians of UTMB, his caregiver Mya Johnson, and his case manager Penny Thomas.
Carlitos’ family will receive visitors beginning at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 30th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 12:00 noon at the funeral home, led by Pastor John Allums.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Hospice Care Team, http://www.hospicecareteam.org/.