OBITUARY

James Billington McCawley

November 12, 1941August 9, 2021
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James Billington McCawley was called home to God on 8/9/21. Born 11/12/1941, he was the oldest of 5 children, Ronnie, Stephen, Jack and Madeline. On December 15,1962, James married his soul mate, Keleen R. McCawley. They shared their lives together for 58 1/2 years. During this time, they had 4 children, Michael (Emily), Kelli (William), Louis and Danelle (Allen), 4 grandchildren Amber, James, Victoria and Destiny and 4 great grandchildren. James enjoyed spending time with his family and instilled the importance of family to his children. During his life's journey, he played a role in a film in Italy. He enjoyed camping, fishing and was a member of the Bass Master Association. While stationed in Germany, he helped found the German American Race Car Association where he helped build and raced the cars. James retired from the US Army after serving his country as a Counter Intelligence Agent doing 2 tours in Vietnam. He was passionate about helping others, especially his Brother and Sisters in arms. In 2006, he founded the Catholic War Veterans Post 1947 in Nevada serving as commander for over a decade helping thousands of veterans. James was devoted to his family, his faith and his friends. He was ambitious and dedicated most of his retirement years to helping the veteran community. He was, undeniably, an amazing man and will be truly missed. A Rosary and Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 14th at 1pm at St Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church located at 6350 Ft Apache Road in Las Vegas, NV. Services will be held on Wednesday, September 15th at 1:20pm at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. The Celebration of Life gathering will follow at 3:30pm at Our Lady of Wisdom at 2120 S Lindell Avenue in Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests instead that donations be made to Catholic War Veterans Post 1947 (PO Box 751901 Las Vegas, NV 89136-1901) in honor of James Billington McCawley to continue his legacy of assisting veterans.

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  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021

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Madeline Reed

September 6, 2021

Jim was known as Mickey to us his younger siblings. There are far too many memories to share in one place but there is one that has stayed close to my heart. When I was around 10 year’s old and having a difficult time with my self esteem, especially growing up surrounded by boys, I tried my hand at baking a cake. Let’s just say it did not look like something you would serve to anyone. Of course all the boys were giving me a very bad time. All except Mickey. He said he thought it looked find and sat down and eat half the cake. He kept saying how much he loved it. He told the rest of the boys to get lost it was his cake cause they didn’t deserve such a wonderful cake. I felt so proud. I have never forgotten how much that meant to me. It just showed who he was always. He will be missed more than there are words to say.

Kelly Moshman

August 21, 2021

Where to begin, I am so fortunate to have met Jim at the first Veterans Stand down, and work with him the next several years. When Jim needed me, I was there as I have so much love and respect for him. I like many are at a loss of words......I know Jim is watching over those that loved him. He was such a forward thinker and wanted good for everyone he came in contact with. Jim, rest in peace my friend, until we meet again......love to the entire family and thank you for sharing him.❤

Richard Small

August 21, 2021

Words are completely inadequate. The bond between Jim and I was 100%. He is in my heart where I will forever treasure his presence. Love you, Kelly. Richard

Bob and Sue Garlow

August 17, 2021

Jim was my best friend and an awesome worker in fighting for and preserving all the rights and benefits of others, especially Veterans!! We worked together all over the Las Vegas valley and he was well known by all as a stalwart worker!! The Veteran's Stand Downs, the Nevada Veteran's Assistance League, the SN Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, and the VA Volunteer Committee are all feeling his loss!! He started the Catholic War Veterans Post 1947 in Las Vegas and served it well through many years!! It will take 10 people to even try to replace him!! Jim I'll see you again on the other side and we can hug again!! Miss you my friend!!

Marce Sheets

August 16, 2021

Jim or as I called him Mickey was my cousin. We grew up together except when he started traveling with his brothers and sister mom and dad as an Army brat. But our home in Georgia was home base. He and Kel were best man and matron of honor at my wedding. I shall miss him so much but know that he is with family that has gone to heaven before us. He always made sure he volunteered me for everything he came up with, so we always did things as a family. I will always remember him as my brother. Love and miss you. See you soon. Marce.

Robert Desrochers

August 16, 2021

Serve with Jim on board of directors and was with him and his wife when we had the opining of the new VA hospital I represented National Commander Leo Haley at the opening He was a very caring and hard worker and devoted to the CWV. God bless Bob and Claire Desrochers post 1624 Manchester N H

Mark Lyon

August 16, 2021

MSGT Jim was my friend, wingman and partner in Vietnam in 1971. Jim was a true patriot, and America's Soldier, who never stopped giving back to his comrades through his tireless and valuable service to veterans over his lifetime. Jim was the grit and spirit of America's very best. May all the best come to Jim's family, who were so fortunate to have spent their life with this fine man.
Mark W. Lyon
U.S. Army, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, 1971

Fr John Sheehan

August 16, 2021

I will celebrate a Mass for the repose of the soul of our former comrade, and for the consolation of all his family. His service, both in the military and as a treasured member of the Catholic War Veterans, will long be remembered.

Fr. John Sheehan
National Chaplain
Catholic War Veterans

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