April 12, 2018
Richard F. Cahill
QUINCY – Richard F. Cahill of Quincy passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on April 12, 2018. Beloved husband of Carol Wixted Cahill for over 50 wonderful years; loving father of Joan Cahill Canavan and her husband Paul Canavan of Milton; cherished grandfather of Liam, Caitlin, and Caroline Canavan; son of the late Vincent S. Cahill and Helen (Kolson) Cahill; beloved brother of Joanne Lydon and her late husband James of Cohasset and New Hampshire, Stephen Cahill and his wife Helen of Plymouth, and Randall Cahill and his wife Cheryl of Pembroke. Richard is also survived by several special nieces, nephews and cousins who will miss his love, his guidance, and his laughter.
Richard was born in Quincy where he grew up and graduated from St. Agatha School in Milton, Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, Quincy Junior College, Boston University Metropolitan College, and the American Institute of Banking. In 1968, he was the manager of mutual fund operations at New England Merchants National Bank of Boston. Then he became the director of Operations for the company known as Philips, Appel and Walden Inc. Growth Fund. He was on the Board of Directors of the semiprofessional New England Colonials Football Team. He was vice president of Kaufman Mutual Funds and Stock Brokerage of NY. Richard’s real estate career started while selling land on Martha’s Vineyard where he met Jack Conway and became manager of the Wollaston office in 1974. He became President of Jack Conway & Co. in 1985 and remained President for 25 years.
Some of his past affiliations and awards were Director of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Chairman of the Trustees for Fontbonne Academy, Chairman of the Trustees of Quincy College, member of the Board of Trustees of Boston University Metropolitan College, 2004 Distinguished Alumni award from Boston University for Community Service, President of the South Shore Board of Realtors and Realtor of the Year for the Plymouth Board, Massachusetts Realtor of the year in 1983, member and transition coordinator for the DOVE domestic violence shelter, Realtor Emeritus status of the National Association of Realtors in 2014, recipient of the Pillars of Hope award from Dove in 2015, member of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Cooperative Bank, member of the Foundation Board of Quincy Medical Center, member of the Board of Directors of Collette Vacations (RI) for 20 years who enabled Richard and his wife Carol to travel all over the world.
Richard was happiest surrounded by his beloved family and friends at his home entertaining by his pool. He was an avid golfer with his wife at President’s Golf Course. Finally, he was a wonderful humble man who loved his church, his family, his life and all of his friends at Conway. His main purpose in life was to strive to help as many people as he could and he did.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Agatha Church 432 Adams St. Milton on Thursday, April 19 at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow in Milton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to DOVE, Inc. P.O. Box 690267, Quincy, MA 02269 or www.dovema.org.