Alfred Jackal Cade
February 4, 1931 - May 6, 2021
Brigadier General (Ret.) Alfred Jackal Cade – a leader in the military, business, and education.
Brigadier General (Ret.) Alfred Jackal Cade (Al), age 90, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2021, at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, VA. He was surrounded by the love of his family.
Al was born in Fayetteville, NC on February 4, 1931. He grew up in Emporia, VA and graduated from Virginia State College in 1952, where he was Student Body President, a cadet in Army ROTC, and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1978, including combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, and received many military awards and honors, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star. During his years of service, he also received an MBA from Syracuse University and was a charter member of the Blue Geese while assigned to the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. This membership in the Blue Geese led to his founding membership in The ROCKS, Inc., an organization that provides mentoring, development, and networking to the US Armed Forces Officers Corps.
In 1979, Al retired and took his talents to civilian life, where before entering his full and final “retirement,” he was a Senior VP for Caesars Atlantic City Resort and Casino; the Chairman of NJ Commission on High Education; a member of the Board of Trustees of Rowan University, Atlantic Cape Community College, and Virginia State University; Special Advisor to the Chairman of Summit Bancorp; President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation and Chairman Emeritus of the Atlantic County Conference for Community and Justice. He also served as Chairman of the NJ State Chamber of Commerce and received an honorary degree from St. Peter’s College. Each of Al’s “retirements” led to a new distinguished level of service and leadership.
Al was a loving husband and father of five beautiful children. He and Florence, his wife of 62 years, raised their children with unconditional love, warmth, laughter, and unwavering support. Together they stressed the importance of education and taught them to be confidant, hard working, ethical, empathic, and compassionate people.
Al loved all types of sports, but particularly basketball. He was a Super Fan of the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team and supported the team with unwavering dedication from the time they hired legendary coach, John Thompson Jr., in 1972. You could see Al in the stands of as many games as he could attend, catching the rest of them on TV or radio. Trust that if Georgetown made the NCAA tournament, Al had them winning the whole thing on his bracket sheet.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Florence, his parents, Leon and Zora Cade, his sister, Sarah Scott and his daughter-in-law, Cindy Cade. He leaves behind to cherish his memory: his children, Brian Cade (Marilyn), Marcus Cade (Princess), David Cade, Michael Cade (Tia), and Agnes Brandon (Ronald); his grandchildren, Marcus Cade Jr., Harrison “Alex” Cade, Preston Cade, Camille Cade, Zahria Brandon and Spencer Cade; as well as his great grandchildren, Andrew Cade and Naima Jordan. He will continue to be treasured by a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends.
In keeping with Alfred’s wishes, his interment with full military funeral honors and Celebration of Life will take place at Arlington National Cemetery (“ANC”) on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 3:00 PM. Please arrive no earlier than 2:15 PM. Check the ANC website in advance for COVID-19 guidance and other entrance requirements.
You may leave a sympathy message for the family and find future information about the interment and Celebration of Life on the memorial page created for Alfred Jackal Cade at https://www.albennettandsonfuneralhome.com/obituary/alfred-cade.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Al’s alma mater, Virginia State University, at https://supportvsu.afford.com/PayNow. Select “I Support Virginia State University” from the Make a One-Time Payment option. Then select ‘Tuition Assistance Fund” for the Contribution Designation.Read More