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John W. Cahill

John W. Cahill
To all our beloved, family and friends. Our dear Johnny Cahill, devoted husband to his magnificent wife the late Bonita Cahill, adoring father of Ashe Cahill-Lehr (Dave), Grandfather to his cherished grandson Jack Cahill. Brother to Spring (Cahill) Green (Bob), Peter Cahill (Trish) and David Cahill (Andrea), as well as his many nieces and nephews, friend to those who crossed his path, avid fisherman, author and story teller extraordinaire, passed away peacefully at home on February 12, 2023.

John W. Cahill was born in 1949 in Winooski, Vermont. Over the course of his youth he lived in Hicksville, on Long Island in New York, Buffalo, Salt Lake City, St. Paul & Duluth, Kingsville, Maryland, and Wauconda, Hinsdale, & Prairie View, Illinois. He was the only student in his high school class to hold a full-time night job as a line cook with the popular Minnesota restaurant chain called “Embers”. After graduating high school in Bel Air Maryland, he attended the College of St. Scholastic in Duluth, Minnesota where he became the first male student body president of that all girl Catholic college. During his tenure in Duluth, he worked as a ladies shoe salesman in large downtown department store to fund his tuition. John has been a Good Humor ice cream truck driver, a pipeline equipment supplier, offshore marine construction rigger; building oil and gas drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, a Wall St. banker; with Barclay’s Bank in New York’s financial district.

In 1971 he left Wall St. with a backpack and guitar to hitch hike the country for several years until wandering into Aspen, Co., where he met his bride of 44 years. He intended to spend a winter skiing and stayed for 35 years. While there he became a self-taught furniture maker and real estate broker who owned and operated one of the largest property management companies in Aspen. He was an avid outdoors man, fly fisher, fly tier and the author of 3 books – “I Never Liked Those C-130’s Anyway” with Malcolm Smith; the riotous tale of legendary Coast Guard Search & Rescue Aviator LCDR Malcolm R. Smith, ” Jack’s Drift”; the funny and poignant look into the timeless art of fly fishing and “Taxed Enough- A Property Tax Protest Guide”.

He lived in South West Colorado above the banks of the historic Uncompahgre River with his family where he spent his time operating his real estate company in Aspen, woodworking, fly tying, gardening, enjoying his grandson and of course fishing with “Jack”.

We will be hosting a memorial prayer service and a celebration of his life as Johnny embarks on his next great fishing adventure with his life partner Bonita. We are also celebrating Bonita and Bernice Bundy, on May 20th, 2023 at his High Mesa Home in Olathe, Co
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Love and blessings to you all.
We share in this great love and loss together.


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