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William R. Cahill Obituary
William R. Cahill, lifelong Glen Ellyn and Wheaton resident, died January 24, 2014 at age 92. He was the much loved husband of the late Betty (nee Binger) and father of Anne (Paul Roach); W. Robert III (Suzanne); James; Patricia (Kurt) Riemer; Joan (Scott) Hamer; Maureen (Gary) Pratscher; and Kathleen (Mark) Jensen. Grandchildren are Kevin (Laura) Cahill and Megan (Justin) Bauer; Sam (Stephanie) and Madelyn Cahill; Erik (Ly), Heather, Amy and Sara Riemer; Alison, Neal and Katelyn Hamer; Daniel, Jennifer, Lindsay and Steven Pratscher; and Martin, Patrick and Kelly Jensen. Eight great-grandchildren also survive. Bill graduated from Glenbard Township High School and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Illinois in 1942. After WW II service in the Army Signal Corps, he became a reporter for the Chicago Journal of Commerce and, later, the Wall Street Journal. He loved business reporting but, finding himself with a rapidly growing family and slowly growing salary, he opted for the public relations field in the mid 1950s. He retired from Financial Relations Board, investor relations firm, in 1985. In retirement, he did freelance writing for Barrons' Financial Weekly and other publications and volunteer work for Marianjoy Rehab Hospital, Wheaton PADS, and other local institutions. He often described himself as a social liberal and fiscal conservative and a lonely Democrat in heavily Republican DuPage County. He was a frequent letter writer to the Chicago Tribune's Voice of the People and local newspapers. Bill was a constant reader, especially loving history with a focus on the Civil War, WW II and Ireland's struggles. He was an accomplished bridge and small stakes poker player and an enthusiastic but atrocious golfer (often remarking that local courses lost a great comedy act when he had to give up the game). While living at Wyndemere retirement community he enjoyed writing book reviews for the librarian's newsletter and nonsense poetry which occasionally amused fellow residents. As a sports enthusiast, he was a lifelong but never optimistic Cubs fan as well as a Fighting Illini rooter. Bill often remarked that Betty, light of his life and best friend for 65 years, taught him many virtues, including patience and long suffering, which he observed but seldom practiced. He also was inordinately but justifiably proud of his sons and daughters and their spouses, all of whom exceeded his academic and professional accomplishments. He was a strongly committed Catholic and for many years a daily communicant who prayed and worked for certain changes in the church, including restoration of priestly powers to married men and ordination of women. "Be not afraid. I go before you always¿" Bill took special comfort in these lines and asked that the hymn be played at his funeral. Also knowing he would need the prayers of all who would offer them, he asked that his funeral service be as open as possible so that friends of all faiths could participate. Visitation Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Rd. (one block east of Naperville Rd.), Wheaton. IL Funeral prayers Monday 9:15 at the funeral home, proceeding to Mass 10 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton. Interment St. Michael Cemetery. Funeral info www.williams-kampp.com or (630)668-0016.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 26, 2014
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