Joseph Robert 'Joe Cash' Kacevychius
Born In: Bras d'Or
Passed in: Sydney
Passed on: January 15th, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one, Joseph Robert Kacevychius, 'Joe Cash' at the age of 77 on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at his home with his family by his side.
Born in Bras d'Or, he was the son of the late Joseph Robert and Bertha (Carey) Kacevychius and Keith Ball.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Marie (MacNeil); his children, Allan (Wendy), Edmonton, Robert 'Bob', Calgary, Joanne McNutt (Gregory), Truro, and Marlene Urquhart (Sandy), Sydney. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kyle Justin (Sara), Reilley, Evan, Conor and Alia Kacevychius; his great-grandchildren, Brynlee and Carson and siblings, Louise Gillis (Jack), Jed Ball (Valerie) of Balls Creek, Stella Gallant (Adrian), Moncton and sisters and brothers-in-law, Sheila and Clarence Chiasson, Ann Ball and Al Law and many nieces and nephews.
Joe was predeceased by his son Wayne and siblings Bernice Law, Alphonse Kacevychius, Stuart, Gerard and Charlie Ball.
During his illness and through treatment, Joe was determined to approach each day with a positive attitude, enriching the lives of everyone he touched. He never let his illness interfere with the love and laughter he shared with his cherished family. He trusted his care with the outstanding medical team at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, Palliative Care and VON, who all became part of his extended family.
Joe was a loving and caring person who enjoyed being around people and who put a smile on everyone's face. He made everyone he met feel so important. He was known to many as a kind and happy soul who was most proud of his family he raised in the Northend. He was very thankful for what people did for him especially his two sons-in-law, Gregory and Sandy, who he cherished. Joe was a lover of animals and will be missed by his buddy, Sam.
After retiring from MacGillvrary Guest Home , Joe drove for B&N shuttle and enjoyed working with his brother at Jed's Auto Repair. Prior to retirement he was employed with Sydney and Whitney Pier Bus Company for 20 years.
As a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1060, Joe was involved in hockey, bowling, curling, baseball and darts travelling the Maritimes representing his council.
Joe was a community man and believed in supporting many organizations and was acknowledged by the City of Sydney as volunteer of the year. He also volunteered for Big Brothers/Sisters, Special Olympics, Mass for Shut Ins for 20 years, MacGillivrary Guest Home for 17 years, and was known as the 'spaghetti man' when it came time for the KOC annual fundraiser.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with prayers by the Knights of Columbus at 7:15 p.m., T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Jan, 21 at 11 a.m. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys with Fr. Bill Burke officiating.
Expression of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.twcurry.com.
Donations may be made in Joe's memory to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Palliative Care and the VON.
—To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to learn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. — Ralph Waldo Emmerson
Dad, you have succeeded.