Thomas J. Cahill Jr., a resident of Woodbridge, husband of Joan Cahill, father of Susan Ireland, Lisa Coassin, Patricia Mckeon and Thomas Cahill, brother to Marion Cahill, Noreen Cahill and the late Janeann Cahill Perkins, and Grandfather to Daniel Ireland, Tara Lawrie, Jack Ireland, Leah Coassin, Nicholas Coassin, William McKeon, and Great Grandfather to Theodore and Nathaniel Ireland and Emilia Lawrie, entered into eternal rest on 11/20/18.
Thomas was born in New Haven, October 13, 1934. He was the son of the late Thomas J. Cahill who was an Irish immigrant, and the late Ruth Cahill.
Thomas graduated from St. Mary’s High School in New Haven, where he was President of his class and Captain of the baseball team. Tom and Joan met at St. Mary’s High School and dated throughout high school and college and later married in 1959. They moved to Woodbridge in 1966 where they raised their 4 children.
He received a full scholarship from Providence College and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1957. He was also captain of the baseball team, and received the College Scholar Athlete Award and the Rhode Island Scholar Athlete Award. He joined the ROTC and was nominated the outstanding military student of his class. In addition, Thomas graduated from the University of Virginia Consumer Banking School.
After college he served as a Captain in the US Army Company Commander.
Thomas began his banking career in 1958 and quickly moved up through the ranks. He was promoted in 1978 to Executive Vice President and remained in that position until retirement.
He was extremely active in numerous civic and fraternal organizations including American Institute of Banking where he had also served as instructor, CT Banker Association, National Consumer Credit Advisory Committee, Columbia University Credit Advisory Committee and instructor at their Graduate School of Banking, Albie Booth Foundation Assistant Treasurer, Providence College Alumni Association, Knights of Saint Patrick, Knights of Columbus, Polish Falcons, United Way for which he was the major division chairman of the Mercantile Commercial and Loaned Executive Divisions and the Major Division Chairman on several campaigns, & served on the Board of Trustees at his local parish in his younger years. He was also a long time member of the Quinnipiac Club.
His accomplishments are many, especially being honored with the Who’s Who At Providence College Class of 1957, the Veritas Award from Providence College in 1983, his induction into the Gridiron Hall of Fame in 1986, and the Jimmy Fund Award, and many others.
Thomas was a family man and will be missed. He was happiest when surrounded by his family for which he had nicknames for each one. He brought his family together by initiating vacations and traditions that are still ongoing. Summers at the cottage in Westbrook, weekends in New Hampshire, Okemo ski condo, trips to Florida, NYC, the Yale Tailgate parties, etc. He was always thinking about the next thing he could do for his family to make them happy. He was a devoted husband, loving father, brother, son, and friend to many. His legacy will live on.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 26, 2018 at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 81 Center Road (Rt. 114), Woodbridge at 11am. Interment to follow at All Saints Cemetery, 700 Middletown Avenue, North Haven.