Joseph Michael Cahill

July 11, 1929February 24, 2018
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JOSEPH (JOE) MICHAEL CAHILL, 88, passed away on Feb. 24 in Houston. Joe was a devoted husband, caring father and a retired oil executive. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Joe attended St. John’s College Preparatory where he wrote for the student newspaper. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Niagara University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University. Married to Mary Joan Dempsey on June 6, 1953, the couple settled in Houston, Texas in 1971. During his 31-year career at Exxon, Joe worked in research and held executive positions internationally and in Houston. A dedicated member of the St. Cecilia Catholic Community, Joe chaired the committee that built the church, served as president of the Saint Cecilia St. Vincent de Paul Society and founded the Saint Cecilia Well Baby Clinic in 1995. In addition, Joe worked as an advisor for the Sisters of the Incarnate Word. In 1997, he received a Papal Medal for his service to the Catholic Church. Joe and his wife were active in the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Guild. His children’s favorite memories of him include tailgating at the Astrodome for the “Luv Ya Blue” Oilers, watching the Los Angeles Dodgers and coaching his children’s baseball and softball teams. He is preceded in death by his son, Owen, and sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Cahill of Brooklyn. Joe is survived by his wife of 64 years Joan; children Rob Cahill and wife Laura, Clare Thomeer and her husband Bart, Steve Cahill, May Cahill and Bishop of Victoria Brendan Cahill; grandchildren Meghan, Anne Marie, Madeline, Gina, Nick, Joe and Jack; and three great grandchildren Rory, Mara, and Rosalind. A visitation will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, with a Vigil at 7 p.m. at Earthman Hunters Creek Funeral Home at 8303 Katy Freeway. Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Community at 11720 Joan of Arc Drive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Community.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Vigil Service Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Reception Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 2, 2018

Joseph Michael Cahill

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Maggie (Sieger) Kaspura

March 2, 2018

I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you.

Laura Liendo

March 2, 2018

Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for you loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. May God shower light & guide you through this time of need

Mary Heffernan Sieger

March 1, 2018

Please accept the deepest sympathy of all the Sieger Family. May God grant you the comfort you need to get through this trying time. Best of all may all the memories that you have of Joe sustain you and the telling of 'Joe's stories' bring back all the laughter you shared with him all your lives. God bless you all .

Abel & Becky Arriazola, Goliad, TX

March 1, 2018

Please accept our deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences during this time of bereavement. We continue to pray for your family that God's peace of heart and comfort rest upon each of you. May Mr. Cahill rest in peace and may perpetual light always shine on his soul.

Dominic Pistone

February 28, 2018

Irish eyes are smiling and they come from Joseph Cahill. I knew that Joe would make me laugh every time I saw him walk into St Cecilia's Church for Mass. He was a blessing to so many. May God welcome him home. My prayers are with Bishop Cahil and the whole Cahill family.

February 27, 2018

So sorry for your loss, my deepest condolences to the family may you find comfort in knowing that others share your sorrow. Take comfort in knowing that God keeps those who fall asleep in death in his memory because they are precious in his eyes Psalms 116:15.

Daniel Muschalik

February 27, 2018

I have many memories of your dad and the times that our parents spent together. May God be with each of you.


February 25, 2018

May the God of all comfort give you the strength needed at this time. Knowing that you will see your dear love one again can soften the pain that touches deep within your heart and give you warm smiles for a lifetime.John 6:40

February 25, 2018

May God be with your family. Joe is certainly with God now. Our prayers go for him and your family.
Bob and Kate Signorelli

February 25, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.