Hope Helen Cassidy
February 25, 1938 – March 17, 2020
Hope Cassidy was born in Yonkers, NY to John and Helen Machina. She graduated from W.C. Mepham High School in Bellmore, Long Island. She attended Wagner College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in 1959. After graduating, Hope taught music in several schools in and around New York City. She married Robert Cassidy in 1962 and they moved to Lubbock, Texas where she received a Master’s Degree in Music Education in 1964 then taught as an Associate Professor in the Music Department at Texas Tech University.
Hope and Bob moved to Greeley, Colorado in 1976. Hope taught piano lessons, conducted the youth choir at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and started the Children’s Theater in UNC’s Foundation Hall. She was called into patient advocacy after her mother, Helen, passed away. Hope established services for many of the underserved members of the Greeley community, including individuals with physical disabilities, head injuries and seniors. Her achievements included founding Patient Advocacy Group (1977), Hospice of Northern Colorado (1978), Eldergarden (1981), the Greeley Center for Independence (1985), Camelot Apartments I & II (1984 & 1986), the Hope Apartments and Hope Therapy Center and Pool (1997), and the Stephen's Farm Residence Center and Day Center for Brain Injury (2003). Among her proudest honors was being present for the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with President George H.W. Bush (1990). Hope was included in the first class of honorees as an Outstanding Woman of Weld County sponsored by Friends of a Woman’s Place (1990), and honored by the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees with the building and naming of the Hope H. Cassidy Health and Counseling Center (1998). She was the recipient of the prestigious El Pomar Award in Self Sufficiency (2005).
With the help of the Greeley community, her good friends, Centennial/ International Rotary, and SSKIDS “Simple Supper for Kids in Desperate Situations” Hope conceived and completed projects in solar water purification plants, medical clinic sponsorship/construction, women’s schools funding, library construction, and provision of micro-banking grants to communities throughout Africa, Guatemala, and Mexico. Hope served on many Boards including the Greeley Chorale and SSKIDS. She co-authored with Linda Flaherty the book “Caring Relationships: Guide for Families of Nursing Home Residents” in 1982. Hope credited all achievements to her faith in Christ. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for over 40 years. She loved and cherished time with her family and especially her grandchildren. She was a lifelong patron and advocate of all things music and theater. She was a passionate learner and traveler with both family and friends.
Hope is survived by daughter, Cara Machina of Greeley; son, Robert (Kara) Cassidy of Excelsior, Minnesota; brother, Mark Machina of Sahuarita, Arizona; grandchildren, Julia Machina, Sara “Olli” Machina, Liam Cassidy, and Laird Cassidy.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to “Friends of Hope Pool” c/o GCI, 2780 28th Ave. Greeley, CO, 80634.
A memorial service to be determined (we will wait for our Corona Virus threat to end).
- A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
Hope Helen Cassidy
Dan and Deb Austin
March 29, 2020
Hope was a true champion—the very embodiment of the hands and feet of Christ. We got to know Hope and Bob when we were inducted as new members at Our Savior’s back in 1986. They were our sponsors. Hope positively affected so many people’s lives both here and abroad. She is definitely feasting at God’s banquet table. Such a special lady that made us all better for knowing her.
March 22, 2020
Where to begin... I was a lost soul but didn’t know it when I met Hope. I initially worked as a contract physical therapist at the Hope Therapy Pool(NCTC at the time). Initially I wasn’t interested in working permanently at the Center, wanting to keep my options open.
Hope as you all know can be very persistent. She would come down daily and ask if I would work for her full time. I kept saying thanks but no thanks for now. I would catch her watching me frequently from a window above the pool. I finally said yes and it was truly the best decision of my work and personal life. This amazing woman opened my eyes to another world. She taught me so much about how to look at the world through a different lens.
I love you Hope, you will be missed.
March 21, 2020
I will never forget the tremendous impact that Hope had in my life. She was a true treasure and I will miss her. Heaven gained an angel 😇. Her precious smile will never be forgotten.
March 20, 2020
My beautiful dear friend Hope,
When my husband had cancer and we were going to fly to a hospital outside of Colo and she knew Dick could not travel on a commercial airplane because he was so sick and arraigned for a private plane to take him and bring him home when he was ready. He never made that plane ride as he passed away a few weeks later.
Hope, I always said, was Greeley’s best kept secret. She honored me when she accepted my request to take and wear some of my mother’s jewelry that I saved for this special lady.
I always teased her that we were going to go get a tattoo if she ever retired. I remember her laugh so well when I would tell her that several times over the years.
Hope, you were in my prayers every night and you will continue to be.
March 20, 2020
Hope was my piano teacher for a time when we were neighbors in Lakewood. I will always remember her kind manner and her sense of humor (which she desperately needed to have in order to teach me). Hope’s community has truly suffered a loss as she clearly touched so many lives. My deepest sympathy as you travel this journey.