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Paul Keith Cady

March 8, 1940 March 4, 2016
Paul Keith Cady
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Paul Keith Cady, age 75, lifetime resident of Oak Park, passed away March 4, 2016. He was born in Evanston on March 8, 1940 to H. Keith and Victoria Cady. Computer programmer since 1967 and database developer who worked for many years at Creative Automation in Hillside. As accomplished and dedicated as he was to his job, his life outside of work shined even brighter. In his youth, Paul worked as a counselor at Camp Seymour, delivering Pepsi, and dishing ice cream at Peterson’s on Chicago Avenue. He graduated from OPRF High School in 1958, where his father was dean of students. He wrote for the Trapeze newspaper and served as editor of the Tabula yearbook, participated in debate, played baseball, and was honored as all-state soccer goalkeeper. At graduation, he delivered one of four valedictory speeches. He went on to graduate from Lake Forest College in 1962, where he majored in political science, played keeper for the inaugural soccer team, and was a proud member of the Delta Chi fraternity. He was accepted to the University of Michigan Law School. After college, Paul entered the navy during the Vietnam War, serving as a Communications Security Officer on the USS Constellation aircraft carrier out of Yokosuka, Japan. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant JG and was honorably discharged in January of 1967. Paul was a founding member of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, where he served as secretary, photographer, and a docent at Ernest’s boyhood home. He was also instrumental in getting his parents, Vicki and Keith, included in Project Everlasting, a book focused on the art of long, happy marriages. Paul was a great fan of The Sound of Music and visited Austria, where he was able to see many of the sites from the movie. He was a great fan of musical theater and music of all kinds and visited New York City many times, where he befriended and was loved by many people in the Broadway community. He was an avid fan of writing and the arts as well, and he painted and wrote fiction, winning a short fiction contest. Paul was also active with the nation’s hobo community (they do still exist!) While not himself a hobo, he endeared himself to and supported the community. His tireless efforts succeeded in getting a "Riding the Rails" segment produced for the CBS Sunday Morning television show. He was dubbed "Hobo Paul" (a title he was quite proud of) at the Hobo National Convention in Britt, Iowa. A lifetime lover of education, Paul completed in his later years several extensive courses in songwriting, grantwriting, and paralegal studies.
His generosity, humor, and passion was without equal, as was his love for his family and for friends, which he made easily wherever he went. Paul had a profound, abiding effect on all who knew him, and although he is deeply missed, he is now in the loving arms of God. He is survived by his children John of Ann Arbor, MI and Scott of New York, NY and his mother Victoria nee Dieball of Oak Park and brother Wendell of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his father H. Keith Cady. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

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Memorial Service

Saturday

2

Apr

11:00 AM 4/2/2016 11:00:00 AM
First United Methodist Church of Oak Park

324 N. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

First United Methodist Church of Oak Park
324 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park 60302 IL
United States
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