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CASSIDY, Hugh Joseph "Hughie" 61, of the Bronx, New York, sadly passed away the evening of April 17, 2021, surrounded by family who refused to watch another Law and Order, which we believe ultimately is what caused him to leave us when he did. He made the family promise to keep him at home all the way to the end. Although we were able to honor that, I am pretty sure he regretted it at the end as he yelled "yous don't know what you're doing." We sure did not, but we did hold up our end of the bargain. We may have contributed to his early departure, but ultimately colon cancer was the cause. A frequent TV yeller, never wanting anyone to touch his recorded shows, which included the Real Housewives, to only the highest quality cheesecakes for every holiday, he said he is glad to make it long enough to vote Trump out of office and to flick off his job one last time before retiring. He enjoyed a good argument and was a prankster at heart. It did not take much to get under his skin and most of us enjoyed pushing his buttons daily. Hugh went from cable tech to house flipper to stock broker all in a short amount of time. We have pledged to only buy the stocks he told us to buy. What an amazing life he had. Hugh was a Navy veteran and survived by his nagging wife of 36 years, Kathleen Cassidy; and smart ass children, Joanne Dauphin, Sean Cassidy and Christina Cassidy. He also leaves behind his father, Joseph Cassidy and brothers, Joey Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy, Mike Cassidy and John Cassidy. The family will be having a private wake at McArthurs Irish Pub, but in lieu of flowers the family has asked that you make a donation to Suncoast Hospice in Hugh's name. In addition, we ask that you crack open a Keystone Light or piss water as we referred to it in his honor.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 22, 2021.
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May 2, 2021
I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Hugh, but I'm sure I would have loved him. And I will be making a donation and downing a Keystone Light to honor him. He sounds like a great soul. The only riches, the great souls. Rest in peace Hugh.
April 29, 2021
I stumbled over this notice by accident, but would like to offer my sincere condolences to Hugh's family at this time. It sounds like you will have many fond and fun memories, and I hope they will provide you solace despite your loss. Too young, quite a character, may his memory be a blessing.
April 28, 2021
I did not meet you but you have an awesome obituary and a sun shinny photo. Warm memories to your family and Cheers to you on your way.
April 27, 2021
I didn't know him, but if he could make me laugh this hard in his death, I can only imagine the joy and laughter he brought everyone in his life. His family is so blessed to have so many infuriating and funny memories.
Jackie Goldstein
April 26, 2021
I don't know Hugh, but feel as if I do now. I am so glad he voted for Democracy. I am not a beer fan...but I promise to have one in his name.
April 26, 2021
My condolences on the passing of Hughie. I didn't know him, but his obituary is the best I have ever read. Not many obits make you laugh out loud! Hughie must have had a great sense of humor, as do you, his family, and I wish I had known this fellow Irishman. May he rest in peace and I will crack a piss water in his memory.
Judith Bannon Swanson
April 26, 2021
Hugh, I never met you but you certainly created a dynamic and loving family. I read your obituary in The Daily Kos today 4/26/21. I hope your family gets to read the reader comments. You and your family are now beloved by thousands! You all seemed to have inspired a lot of good old Irish mischief. RIP
Sheila Gibbens
April 26, 2021
I’d like to leave him with a joke: And Englishman, an Irishman & an American went into a bar in Dublin. The bartender asked them what they’d have and they all answered .. “A Guinness of course.” The bartender set out 3 glasses and just as he topped off the last of the three, a few flies buzzing overhead - door was open on a LUVLEY Spring day - collided, and 3 dropped ... 1 apiece .. into the full glasses. The Englishman reared back in horror - “I can’t drink that - pour me another one.” The American reached in, grabbed the fly, and threw it onto the floor for "someone else” to pick up. But the Irishman reached in, picked up the fly by his wings, and as his beating feet cleared the foam he whispered, “Spit it Out. SPIT IT OUT.” A good Irishman hears a good joke from whatever cloud it is on which he’s camped out .. watching over those that he loved ... and still loves.
Suzie Kidder
April 26, 2021
Did not know Hugh but like his style!
Larry Benjamin
April 26, 2021
Wish I could have met him in person but your obituary makes me feel as if I know him. Hope I end up going where he does. Condolences to the family as he will be missed. Love to you all.
Anne DeLay
April 25, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear about Hughs passing. My condolences to the family. I’ll never forget the stories and the laughter we shared at work. His stories are ones you’ll never forget. I’m sure he will be missed greatly
Loretta Glover
April 24, 2021
May God continue to bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Please except my condolences.
Simone Taylor
April 22, 2021
We feel sad that we never met "Hughie" or his all seem like a FUN bunch! I hope my husband can write one equally deserving for me:)
And...sorry for your loss:(
April 22, 2021
Hugh left a family filled with mirth & merriment as evidenced by this obituary. Perhaps his legacy is that he was a 'truth-teller' and whole-life man. My condolences from a Western PA city of European immigrant melting pot with similar family persuasions. I am impressed by the level of clarity this family had regarding their patriarch's character and foibles. He was blessed!
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