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February 11, 2014

Cashman tragedy stuns friends

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh resident Dianna Seymour did not know Wayne and Ann Marie Cashman long, but she was shocked to tears after learning of their deaths.

“She was a beautiful person,” said Seymour, who knew Mrs. Cashman and her husband from the North Country Classics Car Club. “She was kind. She was hell of a cook. She was very active in our group. 

“I loved her dearly.”

Seymour last saw the couple a week ago, when the club met at her Military Turnpike residence.

“We visit and eat, and she was always there,” Seymour said.

She and her husband, Jerry, learned of the murder-suicide Monday afternoon from a friend.

Police say Mr. Cashman shot and killed his wife at their City of Plattsburgh home, then died by suicide early Monday morning.

“They seemed to be a fine couple, you know,” Seymour said.

“They had a daughter and a couple of little granddaughters she totally adored. She lived and breathed for those granddaughters.”

Mrs. Cashman’s Facebook page demonstrates that, with numerous images of two golden-haired, smiling girls.

ORANGE SHIRTS

Seymour was unsure what the club would do in the wake of the tragic news.

“We will do something,” she said. “I don’t know what ... probably go to the funeral together.”

The group was meeting Monday night, she said, but it wouldn’t be cars on the agenda.

“It will be for them,” she said. 

The Cashmans owned a 1937 Ford and 1937 Chevy pickup.

“They were very distinct because they were orange,” Seymour said. “They had this thing for orange. When they would go to a meet, they had orange shirts on. 

“They became totally involved.”

Mr. Cashman, she said, was “very handy. He remodeled all their homes and did stuff like that.”

Mrs. Cashman was always a homemaker, as far as Seymour knew.

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