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Gary Dene Cahill

March 2, 1936 - February 19, 2018

Gary Dene Cahill, 81, passed away February 19, 2018. Gary was born March 2, 1936 in McCook, Nebraska to Harley E. and Milrae B. Cahill. Gary and his twin brother Lary moved to Denver, Colorado in 1950. He was a graduate of North High School in Denver, class of 1954. Gary served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1961. Gary began a career as a Denver Firefighter in 1964, he received his Associate Degree in Fire Science Technology in 1974, and he retired as a Lieutenant in 1991. Gary also worked as an Ironworker with Local 24 prior to and intermittently after his service with the U.S. Navy. His work went into several of the tall buildings that make up the city of Denver’s skyline. Gary enjoyed golfing, travelling by car, and spending time with his firefighter and North High friends, but most of all he enjoyed being with his family.

He is predeceased by wife Nancy Lee (Helbig) Cahill and is survived by his wife Janice Taravella Cahill; son Jeffery Cahill (Caryn Patrick Cahill), Arvada, Colorado; daughter Rebecca Cahill Carpenteri (Steven Carpenteri), East Lyme, Connecticut; grandchildren Chelsea Hansen, Matthew Hansen (Angeline Hansen), Gary Conner Cahill and Christopher Carpenteri; and great-granddaughter Abigail Hansen. Gary is also survived by his twin brother Lary Cahill (Jackie Cahill), and brother Terry Cahill (Jan Cahill) and many nieces and nephews.

Gary helped and cared for many loved ones over the years and will be remembered as an incredibly giving and caring person. He was a loving husband and an amazing father and grandfather, and he will be missed more than words can express. Gary passed on a legacy of love and appreciation for family, and for that we are truly blessed.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:30 PM at the Lakeview Room, Colorado Professional Fire Fighter Center, 12 Lakeside Lane, Denver, CO. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation or to the charity of your choice.



7 Responses

  1. VFW Post 2461 says:

    Your loss has left all of us deeply saddened.

  2. Kimberly Kelly says:

    I love you guys so much! I’m so sorry for this sudden loss. I loved Uncle Gary a lot! I have the best memories of him. When I needed him he was there. He and Jeff picked up furniture for me off Craigslist and drove it to me and set it up. I’ll never forget it, it was so sweet!

  3. Donald & Betty Fisher says:

    Our sympathy to you and your family. May it comfort you to know that we we were so very sorry to hear of your loss. You’re in our thoughts now, and in the days to come.

  4. Angela Sims says:

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thought and prayers during this hard time.

  5. Ann Boyer says:

    Dear JT,
    I am so sorry for your loss.The last year has been so difficult for both of you. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  6. Susan Yates says:

    What a wonderful and kind man! I know how much he meant to each of you. Our thoughts, prayers & support are with you all!

    Wade & Susan Yates and Trevor Johnson

  7. Kevin Patrick says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. I will make plans to be in attendance for Gary’s service.