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5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA

OBITUARY

William "Billy" Henry Cahill, Jr.

December 6, 1935September 2, 2019
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William Henry Cahill, “Billy” was born in New Orleans on December 6, 1935. He passed away surrounded by his loving wife and family early on September 2, 2019. He loved his family and loved being a father and a grandfather. He was in the Army where all 4 children were born working at NSA from August 1959 – May 1965. He returned to New Orleans in 1965 to raise his family and begin his 50 year long career at Tulane University where he worked from May 1965 until he retired. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Deas, and his children Billy (Ann) Cahill, Eve (Wayne) Barrett, Donna (Ray) Dackerman and Shawn (Leigh) Cahill, and Carols children, Chris Deas, Susan (Randy) Thibodeaux, Patty Deas (Lisa Smith) and his Grandchildren, Amanda Barrett, Justin & Mandy Barrett, Andrew Barrett, Maddie Cahill, Connor Cahill, Dylan Dackerman and Carols Grandchildren, Benjamin Thibodeaux and Cole Smith. He is the brother of Connie (Bob) Gay, Betty (Phil) Kennedy, Bobby (Janne) Cahill and Michael Cahill. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both parents, William Henry Cahill Sr. and Virgile Henrtizy Cahill and Carols, son, Conrad Deas. He graduated from Jesuit High School in 1954 and Loyola University in 1958. He has been a Holy Name of Jesus parishioner for 54 years. Funeral services will be held Monday Sept 9 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 6367 St. Charles Ave. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. followed by mass. Interment to follow at Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial masses, donations to the Wounded Warriors (https://Support.woundedwarriorproject.org) or the Glioblastoma Foundation (https://glioblastomafoundation.org/get-involved/donate).

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Deas, and his children Billy (Ann) Cahill, Eve (Wayne) Barrett, Donna (Ray) Dackerman and Shawn (Leigh) Cahill, and Carols children, Chris Deas, Susan (Randy) Thibodeaux, Patty Deas (Lisa Smith) and his Grandchildren, Amanda Barrett, Justin & Mandy Barrett, Andrew Barrett, Maddie Cahill, Connor Cahill, Dylan Dackerman and Carols Grandchildren, Benjamin Thibodeaux and Cole Smith. He is the brother of Connie (Bob) Gay, Betty (Phil) Kennedy, Bobby (Janne) Cahill and Michael Cahill. He also is survived by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both parents, William Henry Cahill Sr. and Virgile Henrtizy Cahill and Carols, son, Conrad Deas.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, September 9, 2019

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Michael Goodman

September 9, 2019

Dear family and friends of Bill Cahill,
Thank you for sharing such a wonderful person with the Tulane community! Bill was always so gracious, thorough, and professional such that it was a sincere pleasure to interact with him. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
The Tulane University Financial Aid Office

Betty Kennedy

September 4, 2019

I know when Billy arrived in Heaven he embraced Mama and they danced as Daddy looked on with love. There is a great celebration going on. XOXO

Betty Kennedy

September 4, 2019

Billy Giving me "The Frog Club Wave".
With Mike, Connie and Bobby

Betty Kennedy

September 4, 2019

Billy was the oldest of Mama and Daddy’s children – Billy, Connie, Betty, Bobby and Mike. He was my “big brother”. He called me “Ree-Ree” back then as my middle name is Marie. Growing up I thought he was the smartest person I knew. He went to Jesuit High School, majored in Physics at Loyola, played the piano, loved Classical music (and all music), and was such a creative soul. He loved to cook. He made everything an adventure! His favorite adjective was “WON-der-ful” and he said it with gusto! He loved to DANCE!

He taught me to ride a two-wheel bike, to skate, and he TRIED to teach me to play the piano, but I wasn’t a great student. When I was about 6 or 7, another family member formed a club and everyone was invited to join – Bobby, my cousins – everyone EXCEPT ME! Billy saw how upset I was and pulled me aside. He said he would form an EXCLUSIVE club, just for HIM and ME! He named it “The Frog Club” and he made up a secret wave. We have been members all these years.

Billy was a loving son, brother, cousin, uncle, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He adored his children (Billy, Eve, Donna and Shawn) and their spouses and grandchildren and they were with him and devoted to him to the end. He was visited by his many cousins, nieces and nephews, other family members and friends these last few weeks and loved seeing everyone. It was “WON-der-ful!”

His wife, Carol and her children were also there with him. Carol just poured her attention and love on him, especially in these last few months. She couldn’t have helped him and loved him more. He loved her so much! We ALL love her so much! He was so Blessed to have her by his side.

We will miss Billy terribly, but know we will see him again, never to part. I see him dancing with Mama to “Always” or some IRISH song as Daddy looks on with love. I know that God welcomed him to heaven with open arms . I love you, Billy! Ree XOXO

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