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Date of Birth: September 14, 1964
Department: Governments Zero Desk
Position: Trader/ Government Bond Broker
On behalf of our family, I thank you for attending this remembrance of our friend and brother Tom Cahill. It gives our family great strength.
Tommy loved life completely and lived it intensely. I am proud to be his brother. I am proud to stand before you and describe his life.
My brother and I are 17 months apart. He was the “younger brother,” he just didn’t know it! He never failed to keep up. He anxiously met every challenge. Some would call him fearless. Some would even say a daredevil.
I learned early in life that Tommy was my ever-present ally. A local bully was brought before us by his mother so we could strike him back. Before I could act, Tommy set after him in my defense. The child retreated in fear. Tommy was 3-1/2 years old. That is quite a beginning.
Tommy was educated in our local schools. Most Blessed Sacrament and Indian Hills High School. He easily made friends. He also learned his Christian faith. We soon discovered Tommy was a gifted athlete, blessed with natural abilities. He excelled at multiple sports and the list is long: baseball, basketball, tennis, football and skiing. Later, he would develop an interest in cycling, golf and fishing. Now, golf proved to be somewhat humbling. He strived to master it. His approach was total commitment – all or nothing. Tommy was my fishing partner. Due to his many commitments he was unable to sail on every trip. I always took pleasure in calling him with the results of our catch. I can still tell him, I just don’t need a phone, he’ll always be with me.
Total commitment and motivation would serve Tommy well s he began his professional life. He entered the financial industry after graduating from Johns Hopkins University. He experienced success early in life – it did not change him. His humility would not allow it. He became known for his generosity. Tommy’s co-workers were soon added to his growing list of friends. They became his extended family. I should know, I got all their medical questions.
As he progressed forth in life, Tommy developed an uncanny ability to make people laugh and feel good about themselves. He place other’s first. His group of friends varied from the nearly homeless to a fortune 500 CEO. All were equal targets for his sharp wit.
Tommy developed a strength of character that became obvious to friends and family alike. People felt close to him. He was a wonderful brother and great son. His nieces and nephews could not stay away from him. He shared his home and pool with all.
We often sought his advice. The response was frequently humorous, but always insightful and carefully considered. He was, that rare person who could tell it to you straight without offense.
Tommy was well grounded in his Catholic faith. This he learned from our parents. He did not overly express it, but the foundation was strong. At times of sadness when a relative passed on he would often say that grief was for ourselves. Our loved ones were in heaven with God.
The world witnessed the sacrifice of our brother and many other innocent people. Our nation was able to observe the bravery and courage of our firefighters and policemen. Some gave their lives so that others may live. They are all heroes. They are soldiers of good pitted against the evil of terrorism. Their sacrifice in all likelihood will save the lives of millions.
I’ve heard it said that grief looks backward. Tom would want us to walk forward, excel in our lives and know that he is with God surrounded by grace and love. We no longer fear eternal life for we have a friend to welcome us.
God, please protect and bless our brother, Tommy Cahill.