John (Jack) G.'s Story

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John (Jack) G. Cahill, 83, of Gloucester, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017, while swimming at Palm Beach Shores, Fla. Jack was born in Worcester, Mass., on January 15, 1934, son of the late Alma M. (Mauser) Cahill-DeGrasse and John F. Cahill.
Jack grew up in Wellesley, where he worked from an early age, starting at a greenhouse at age 12. He entered the construction business to learn the trade. Always a leader, Jack became an entrepreneur joining what would be a fruitful partnership with friend, John McGloin. Together they developed Harvard Acres in Stow, Mass., which is still considered the hallmark subdivision in town.
Jack married Janet A. (Hardiman) Cahill, with whom he had four children, relocating their household from Littleton, Mass., to Woodstock, Vt., in 1973.
His love of the ocean brought him to reside full-time on Cape Ann in 1980, where he continued to build and renovate homes. Gloucester afforded him the opportunity to pursue his passions for fishing and clamming. Jack married Barbara (Anderson) Cahill in 1990, and they shared life together on the Mill River. Known as a consummate entertainer and eternally optimistic, Jack had a smile for everyone and a never ending supply of his famous stuffed clams. His devotion to family was second to nothing, and he will be profoundly missed.
Jack is survived by his wife, Barbara Cahill; his four children, Cathleen M. Cahill of Rockport, Maureen E. Cahill of Littleton, Steven E. Cahill of Gloucester, Peter J. Cahill and his wife, Jill of Gloucester; his former wife, Janet Cahill of Sebastian, Fla.; and six grandchildren, Calvin, John, Alma, Craig, Aiden and Reese.
A celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 33 Myrtle St., Waltham, MA 02453, Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118 or Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Published on  February 11, 2017
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