Andrew John Cascio 67, won the biggest race of his life when St. Peter opened the Gates of Heaven on Friday, August 18, 2023. A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate his life will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2023, at St. Jude Catholic Church, 4700 Palmetto Road, Benton, Louisiana, at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Rose-Neath Cemetery, in Bossier City, Louisiana. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Officiating the services will be Father Charles Glorioso and Father Kelby Tingle.
Andrew John Cascio was born on June 23, 1956, to Johnnie and Concetta Miciotto Cascio in Shreveport, Louisiana, and left behind his beloved wife and best friend, Angelina Cush of 47 years, their three beautiful daughters, and six wonderful grandchildren to continue his legacy.
Andrew was a graduate of Fair Park High School and attended Northeast Louisiana University, currently known as ULM, for a short time before returning home to be married to Angelina. Soon after they started their family, and he began his career at General Motors Shreveport. Andrew was a hard worker and at times worked three jobs to provide for his family. He retired in 2009 after 30 years of dedicated service. He was honored with an award of perfect attendance for never missing a day of work.
His second love and favorite pastime, thoroughbred racing, began in the 80s and continued to grow throughout his life. Later he became a very successful owner, trainer, and breeder. He would spend hours day and night researching for proper maintenance and health of his thoroughbreds for optimal performance. He was able to devote more time after retirement where he was able to care for them daily at his farm. One of his proudest moments was winning the $100,000 Arkansas Bred Race.
Above all, Andrew was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, affectionately known as “Papa”. He was a devoted husband and a shining example of true love, commitment, and dedication to his three daughters, whom he was so proud of. He absolutely adored his grandchildren and spending quality time with them. Due to his traditional Catholic-Italian upbringing, he was able to instill those values in his own family. He was an active member of St. Catherine’s and Cathedral of St. John Berchmans for many years. He always put family first and instilled those values in his daughters and their families.
He took care of anyone in need and gave his time, talent, and treasure to help a friend or stranger. He was a genuine kind soul and whether family or friend you were blessed to know him. He is loved beyond measure and will be missed by so many. Although this is a great loss for us all, we can find great comfort just knowing that he is finally standing in the Winner’s Circle of Heaven.
Andrew is preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Anthony Cush and brother-in-law, Michael Cush. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Angelina Cush; daughters, Ashley Timmons and husband, Chris, Alicia Cascio-Lafitte and husband, Jeremy and April Cascio; six grandchildren, Ethan, Andrew, Evelyn, Harper, GianLuca and Haven; brothers, Michael Cascio and Roy Cascio and wife, Charlotte; sister, Connie Norton and husband, Tom; uncles, George Cascio and Anthony Cascio and wife, Martha along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Honoring Andrew as pallbearers will be his nephews, Chris Cascio, John Norton, Eric Norton, Jason Cascio, Kevin Cush Jr. and Chase Duggins. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his siblings, Roy Cascio, Michael Cascio, Connie Norton, and Kevin Cush Sr.