OBITUARY

Henry L. Caya

October 14, 1929October 2, 2020
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CAYA - Henry Twelve days shy of his 91st birthday, surrounded by loving family, Dad peacefully entered Heaven, on the Feast of the Guardian Angels, Friday, October 2, 2020. Predeceased by his devoted wife and best friend of 67 years Gladys “Paule” (nee Hagan). Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the youngest of Alexander and Ida Caya’s four sons. He was a devout Catholic and a humble and gentle man who led by example. Despite a lengthy and courageous battle with memory loss, his essence remained strong through his final days. The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the many healthcare workers who helped make the past three years the best they could have been for Dad. He was the loving father of Michael, Gregory (Karen), Timothy (Carol), Stephen, Mary Jo (Craig) Beyer, Patricia, Maureen (John) Carney, Christopher, Sharon, Amy (Eric) Bunker; loving grandfather of Sara (Michael) Cowle, Emily, Matthew (Mandy Gordon), Jackie (Jason) Davoli, David (Robin Baumeister), Madeleine, Quinn, Mairin Taj, Jason (Jacquie), Andrew (Laura), Michelle (Butch) Ramos, Michael Samson, Pierce and Audrey Beyer, Jenelle (Jackson) Tarr, Douglas (Jessica) Wienke, Christina Wienke, Nicholas, Erin and Courtney Van Strijp, Shelby and Kaleigh Carney, Joseph, Mary and Meghan Como, Lauren (Noah) Rothberg, Christopher (Danii) and Jack Bunker, loving great-grandfather of Logan, Kaleigh, Kaitlyn, Keegan and Lucas Davoli, Tyler Cowle, Willow Caya, Adelyn, Samuel and Theresa Caya, Charlotte and Grace Caya, Jackson and Bailey Tarr, Ronan Rothberg, Eric and Rylan Wienke. Predeceased by his brothers Francis, Maurice and Eugene. Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life, Friday, October 09, 2020 from 4-8 PM at DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY. Prayers at the funeral home, Saturday, at 9:15 AM. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore, NY, Saturday at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of your choice in Dad’s name. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a limited capacity in the funeral home. Masks and social distancing are mandatory. Please share condolences at: www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 9, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

Memories

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Cathy Vidinovski

October 11, 2020

Thoughts and prayers to this wonderful family, Henry was such a special guy! We will miss him!

Maureen Caya - Carney

October 9, 2020

In God's infinite wisdom and in accordance to His Plan, He lovingly fashioned a tender soul, a kind and gentle man.

Dad, your precious life is a blessing, your wonderful memories a treasure, you are loved beyond words and I will miss you beyond measure ...
Ora Pro Nobis

love momo

Catherine (Grant) Driver

October 8, 2020

Dear Amy, Sharon, Gregory, Michael, Timothy, Stephen, Christopher, Patty, Mary Jo and Maureen.

Pat, Ryan, Caitlin and I are so saddened to hear of the passing of your father.

I spent my childhood with all of you...and with that, I carry the fondest of memories. One thing I will always remember about your dad, was that he always had a smile on his face and that he always made it a point to always say hello.

We pray that the memories you have of your dad gives you comfort during this difficult time. ♡


Cathy Shaughnessy

October 7, 2020

To Henrys Family - my cousins - the tributes and the pictures brought such a flood of memories of life and times shared with all of you! Your father was always so kind and graciously strong - a man who had convictions but didn't need a soapbox to talk about them. He was dedicated to all of you and served as a great role model of just a really good, kind and compassionate human being.
We can see his life’s work and all his goodness alive in all of you....
Thank you for writing/sharing/contributing to this beautiful Tribute to Uncle Henry. Sending my condolences and love ... ❤️
Cousin Cathy Caya Shaughnessy

Mary Jo Beyer

October 7, 2020

Daddy gave me the greatest gift anyone one could give...he believed in me. He was a kind and loving man as well as an amazing father and mentor.
From a young age he nurtured my love for adventure and encouraged me to get out in the world and experience life. He always said you can accomplish anything you want and encouraged me to follow my dreams.
His devotion to God and love of family was his driving force. Often times at gatherings you would find Daddy standing off in the distance watching everyone with a tear in his eye. He loved every one of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and all those who were fortunate to have crossed his path.
Daddy, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. I love you ❤️ xoxo

Michael son

October 7, 2020

I watched “Man of La Mancha” again. Dad liked that movie. He was a fiercely loyal man. He would long to be in your presence and when you were, he had stories for you. The stuff of parables. And Dad, my respect and love for you makes it easy to follow your star.

Michelle LeJeune

October 6, 2020

Aloha ohana! I just wanted to share my fond memories of our beloved Grandpa Caya... even from my earliest memories he was truly always loving, kind, thoughtful, caring, devout to his family and his faith. He was an honorable and good man among men. He lived a fairy tale life, with our wonderful Grandma, and now they are together again in heaven forever smiling and laughing. I remember when Grandpa came to Hawaii and we went to a luau, and before it started, there was some wonderful Hawaiian people there with a canoe. Grandpa was the only one who wanted go with me and I was so happy. We got into the canoe and paddled around as the sun was setting, and we just laughed the whole way and had so much fun splashing water. It will always be in my memory his laughter and smiles. Thank you Mom for bringing the family together to spend the last precious time together.. Love & miss you folks!! Grandpa is resting in peace and will be missed dearly...respected by many, loved by all. They don't make em like that anymore! :)

Sharon Caya

October 6, 2020

Dad was a natural-born leader who led by example; he loved to teach. And he taught me lots about faith in God and the value of hard work simply by his actions— and sometimes with words. Dad actually lived what he believed.

Perhaps it was 40 years ago, on a sunny fall afternoon — one much like today, where the sky is bright azure, and orange and red leaves rattle through the tree branches—that dad conveyed one of the most beautiful lessons that still guides me today:

On a long, leisurely drive through the countryside, enjoying the fall colors and searching for a roadside pumpkin patch, Dad pulled to the side of the road and asked me, “Do you know where we are? Can you tell me how we’d get home from here?”
Dad went on to carefully explain all the reasons why I must be aware of my surroundings, and pay attention to signs, sights and sounds along the way because these things will guide me as I travel, and also help to return me safely home. On that afternoon, dad lovingly and purposefully painted in my heart and mind a metaphor for life.

Thank you, Dad, for bringing me into the world and teaching me how to navigate life’s journey, and especially, to appreciate everything along the way.

You are dearly loved, Dad, and will always be in my heart.
Sharon

Stephen A Caya

October 5, 2020

My Dad was the greatest. He was always there. Providing wonderful love, guidance, and security; for my brothers and sisters and I, as we were being raised. And for my Late Mother.

My favorite memories are from when I was about 3 years old. Every Sunday my Dad would carry me in his arms into Church Services. And he would carry me in his arms as we left; after the Mass.

Then; about that same time. My Dad challenged my 3 older brothers, to a football game in the front yard. It was me and my Dad; on the one one team, and my 3 older brothers on the other.

My Dad would 'hike' the ball to me; as I was the 'quarter-back'. And my 3 older brothers would 'rush' either side of my Dad; and, 'tackle' me to the ground. Which was not so bad.

Then; in the 'huddle' my Dad said to me: ..."when I hike the ball to you.... you run between my legs.... and 'score' the 'touch-down'! ..."

When the ball was 'snapped' ,,,my 3 older brothers 'rushed' both sides; around to the back of my Dad.

And I had already ran; as fast as I could, between his legs; and 'scored' the game-winning touch-down.

That was my Dad.
He made things happen for you.
As he was a marvellous father.

My Dad provided for thousands, and thousands of wonderful memories for me; and my entire Family. And for everyone who knew his kind friendship.

Thank You Dad
for everything.

I Love You Dad.

Stephen

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Biography

CAYA - Henry
Twelve days shy of his 91st birthday, surrounded by loving family, Dad peacefully entered Heaven, on the Feast of the Guardian Angels, Friday, October 2, 2020. Predeceased by his devoted wife and best friend of 67 years Gladys “Paule” (nee Hagan). Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the youngest
of Alexander and Ida Caya’s four sons. He was a devout Catholic and a humble and gentle man who led by example. Despite a lengthy and courageous battle with memory loss, his essence remained strong through his final days. The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the many healthcare workers who helped make the past three years the best they could have been for Dad. He was the loving father of Michael, Gregory (Karen), Timothy (Carol), Stephen, Mary Jo (Craig) Beyer, Patricia, Maureen (John) Carney, Christopher, Sharon, Amy (Eric) Bunker; loving grandfather of Sara (Michael) Cowle, Emily, Matthew (Mandy Gordon), Jackie (Jason) Davoli, David (Robin Baumeister), Madeleine, Quinn, Mairin Taj, Jason (Jacquie), Andrew (Laura), Michelle (Butch) Ramos, Michael Samson, Pierce and Audrey Beyer, Jenelle (Jackson) Tarr, Douglas (Jessica) Wienke, Christina Wienke, Nicholas, Erin and Courtney Van Strijp, Shelby and Kaleigh Carney, Joseph, Mary and Meghan Como, Lauren (Noah) Rothberg, Christopher (Danii) and Jack Bunker, loving great-grandfather of Logan, Kaleigh, Kaitlyn, Keegan and Lucas Davoli, Tyler Cowle, Willow Caya, Adelyn, Samuel and Theresa Caya, Charlotte and Grace Caya, Jackson and Bailey Tarr, Ronan Rothberg, Eric and Rylan Wienke. Predeceased by his brothers Francis, Maurice and Eugene. Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life, Friday, October 09, 2020 from 4-8 PM at DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3070 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY. Prayers at the funeral home, Saturday, at 9:15 AM. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Dr., Kenmore, NY, Saturday at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of your choice in Dad’s name. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a limited capacity in the funeral home. Masks and social distancing are mandatory. Please share condolences at: www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com

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