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Brian Robert Cahill

1948 - 2014 EAGLE BRIDGE, N.Y. Brian Robert Cahill, of Eagle Bridge, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 in the arms of his beloved wife, Carol Brady-Cahill. Born in the Bronx, on April 22, 1948, Brian was the son of the late Timothy Patrick Cahill and Marie Margaret (Degener) Cahill. Brian was a graduate of Evander Childs High School, Manhattan Technical Institute and the Mechanics Institute (General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of The City of New York). Brian pursued a career in Mechanical Engineering, joining the consulting engineering firm of Starr, Miller & Serot, where he met his great friend and mentor, Irving Starr. During his professional career, Brian worked with several consulting engineering firms, including the prestigious Jaros, Baum & Bolles in New York City. He was particularly proud of designing several engineering projects, including the Bank of China (Hong Kong), The Puffin House at Central Park Zoo (New York), Harlem Hospital (New York), ABC Studios (New York) and KGO Radio (San Francisco). He was a member of ASHRAE. During his childhood, Brian enjoyed summers at the Hahn Farm in Callicoon Center, N.Y., leading to his love of country living. He was one of the first arrivals at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, travelling the back roads to Bethel. He was very active in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, attending the National Democratic Convention in Chicago, Ill., and the March on Washington, D.C. While living in Peekskill, N.Y., he participated in many Hudson River Revivals and Sloop Festivals and was an acquaintance of Pete Seeger. Upon meeting Carol, they changed their lifestyle and moved to their small farm in Eagle Bridge, N.Y., in 1985 and pursued organic farming. They were married on their farm on Aug. 8, 1988. An avid reader and writer, Brian's interests included poetry of the Harlem Renaissance and the Beat Generation, having known several of the poets from his days in Greenwich Village. He was an original member of the Robert Frost Society in Bennington, Vt., and assisted Carole Thompson, Lyle Glazier and Jill Hays with the formation of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury, Vt. He loved French literature and poetry, art and art history, jazz music, antique woodworking tools, and antique cars and trucks. Survivors include his beloved wife, Carol Brady-Cahill; his brother, Gary Cahill; sister-in-law May Tierney; two nieces, Mary Kate Cahill and Chessa Cahill of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and three sisters-in-law, Kathleen Brady, Joanne Brady and Laurie Brady of White Plains, N.Y. Brian also had two shelter pets, Molly, his beagle, and Pearl, his cat. FUNERAL NOTICE: Private funeral services with family and friends will be held for Brian on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the HANSON-WALBRIDGE SHEA FUNERAL HOME in Bennington, Vt. Interment will be at a future date in the spring. Donations in Brian's memory may be made to The Second Chance Animal Shelter, Shaftsbury, Vt., c/o the Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home 213 West Main Street Bennington, Vt 05201.


Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 31, 2014
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