Milton Leo Cail
February 1, 1923 – July 28, 2021
Mickey Cail of Boca Raton, FL and Newton, MA entered into rest on July 28, 2021. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Lois (Ghen) Cail. Devoted father of Faith Kaplan and her husband Bernard, and his son Matthew Cail. He was the cherished grandfather of Jenna Kaplan, Ilyse Kennedy and her husband Brandon and Maximillian Galer-Cail. He was the great grandfather of Camilla and Levi Kennedy.
Mickey was the son of the late Lena and Joseph Cohen. He was predeceased by his sister Ruth Kaplan and his brother Danny Cohen.
Mickey was born in Revere and graduated from Northeastern University in 1945. He was a founder of Northeastern Hillel House and later a member of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern. He played basketball in high school, tennis for most of his life and bridge and golf into his 98th year. He had many friends but closest to him was his intimate group known as the 4M’s.
Mickey founded Air Conditioning Contractors and Cail Realty. He mentored his daughter Faith for many years who now heads Cail Realty along with assistance from her brother Matthew.
Mickey had a passion for life and was always optimistic. His optimism, laughter and caring for others was contagious. He always advised those around him don’t wait for things to happen, make things happen.
He self-published 2 books. Both emphasized living positively and helping others. It gave him great joy to give the book to family, friends and all he met.
Most important to Mickey was philanthropy and helping others. He worked tirelessly to help others and better the community. He was a founder of the Chestnut Hill Lodge of B’nai B’rith, President of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, Chair of the Hebrew College Board, Vice President and Board member of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and served on the Executive Board of the Anti-Defamation League. Mickey co-chaired Hebrew College’s building campaign and helped build the Gosman Campus at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton.
In his free time, Mickey loved to travel with his wife and children. He visited Israel multiple times including leading CJP missions to Israel including welcoming Ethiopian Jews to Israel and traveling to Russia to meet with Refuseniks.
A special thank you to Christina Lyn who cared and protected him in his last years.
Mickey leaves a great void with his family, friends and community. Funeral arrangements are private. Donations may be made to 2Life Communities, Hebrew College and JCC Greater Boston.
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Milton Leo Cail
July 31, 2021
Matthew and Faith,
I am terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Mickey. I met Mickey when he engaged our firm, Montefiore Press Inc., to produce and publish what became I Hate Bad News, the story of his life and his philosophy of living. During our time together not only did I learn the way he spoke and thought but how he felt about people, his friends, his family, the Jewish community and all of humanity. Mickey had a love affair with all of them and more than his clever wit, I was impressed by his caring and tender heart. Our collaboration together never much felt like work, more like a respite from work as our time was always punctuated with plenty of laughter.
I will always be grateful for the confidence that Mickey showed in us not once but twice as we produced a second book and in our last conversation a few years ago, he was pondering a third. His enthusiasm for life and positive living, as he called it, will stay with me forever as I can still remember him telling me time and again, "Josh, don't wait for good things to happen. Make them happen" a mantra which guides me in business and elsewhere. May he continue to inspire us all, in both thought and deed and may his memory be for an eternal blessing.
July 31, 2021
Dear Faith, Matthew and the entire Cohen family,
As Linda’s lifelong friend, I have wonderful memories of Mickey(and Lois). Mickey’s warmth, friendliness and charm were always comforting and welcoming. From the days when I babysat at your home to recent times, even at Shiva for his beloved sister Ruth, he exuded the same special spirit.
You were blessed as he was by your devotion and love.
My deepest condolences,