was sad last night to learn from my father of the sudden
death of my 1st cousin, once removed, Leonard Casciani in
Leonard was my father's age, we were friends and I used
to visit him regularly at his home in what was Coverdale
Road (now demolished), Barking as a child. We continued
to remain in touch at family occasions until yesterday.
was the last true member of my family's 'Casciani' lineage,
my grandmother having been a Casciani. My father, Jeffrey
changed his name by deed poll on the death of his mother
to Jeffrey Casciani-Wood, to keep the Casciani name alive.
Casciani family came to England, from Italy in 1795, via
France, where three brothers owned a velvet mill. My great,
great grandfather, Pelligrino Casciani was a sculptor, and
died in Liverpool, when a statue he was sculpting fell on
him. His work got on top of him, I guess.
took this photo of Leonard at my mother's funeral in 2005.
This is really the first time I have studied it closely
and I cannot believe how much he looks like my father.
have run this article here because other Casciani descendants
read 'Wyenot News' regularly, and in fact, I received a
phone call from one of them today, who was not sure that
I would have heard the sad news.
family's sympathies are very much with Leonard's surviving
wife, Shirley at this time.