On November 4, 2023, Eduardo Eloy Casso, lovingly known as Eddie, passed away, leaving the world a little less bright, but significantly richer for his contributions. Born on October 19, 1948, in Laredo, Texas, Eddie was an embodiment of the Texas spirit - smart, funny, witty, and ambitious.\n\nEddie graduated from McAllen High School in 1968 and started his career as a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, and worked at several funeral homes throughout his life. He later attended Pan American University, where he received his B.S. in Psychology and Biology, his Certification in Counseling, and was recognized on The National Dean's List from 1985-1988. Following his time at Pan American, he attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville, TX, where he earned an M.S. in Psychology. \n\nFor Eddie, faith and education were the cornerstones of his life. Before he passed, he said, "We learn lessons here and we try to better ourselves before we go back home." Throughout his career, he dedicated himself to serving the community as an educator and counselor for over three decades, retiring from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) ISD in 2010. He then went on to teach Psychology at South Texas College in McAllen, TX for over 10 years. His unwavering dedication to his students earned him numerous accolades, including awards for his service and commitment to student achievement. His dedication to education was matched only by his faith. A devout Catholic man, he often spoke of his belief in angels and the afterlife. His faith guided him, reflected in his compassionate care for his students and through the love he shared with his family and friends. \n\nEddie was a man of many passions. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, was a formidable poker player, a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, and a lover of movies, particularly those featuring his favorite actors Gregory Peck and Lana Turner. His love for music was eclectic, with The Beatles and Roy Orbison among his favorites. But it was Eddie's love for his family, his students, his friends, and his community that will forever remain his greatest testament. \n\nEddie is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Rebecca Casso, his daughter Clarissa (Sam Mohamed) Olivarez, his brother Robert (Lucy) Casso, and his sister Sara (Jerry Mott) Hinojosa, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eloy and Petra Casso.\n\nVisitation will be held on Friday, November 17, 2023, at 5:00 PM CST at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home, followed by a Rosary at 7:00 PM CST. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Paul Catholic Church on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 10:00 AM CST, followed by interment at Valley Memorial Gardens.\n\nWe encourage all who knew and loved Eddie to share their memories and upload photos to his memorial page. His life was one of love, laughter, and dedication, and we invite you to celebrate his legacy.