Former Dillon resident Padraic Cassidy dies
September 16, 2010
Longtime Boulder resident Padraic Cassidy passed away Sept. 7. Cassidy, 55, had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurological disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was at home with his sons, Neil and Eamon.
Born February 7, 1955, in Yonkers, New York, Pat was raised on the New Jersey shore. Growing up just blocks from the ocean in the town of Deal, N.J., Pat spent much of his summers surfing. It was there in those early years that Pat developed a great love for the outdoors and a spirit of adventure, and there he established some of the very close friendships he formed over the course of his life.
Pat moved with his family to Chevy Chase, Maryland during his high school years. He graduated from Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, Maryland and later attended Wheeling College in West Virginia and the University of Colorado.
As a very young man, Pat was drawn to Boulder and Dillon and the mountains of Colorado, and he was a lifelong outdoors enthusiast. An avid skier for many years, he also loved hiking, camping, and bicycling. He bicycled thousands of miles across the United States and through much of Ireland. He loved the many friends he made in Boulder and Dillon and everywhere he traveled.
Pat was married to Pauline Chambers in Bethesda, Maryland in 1983. He built a house in College Park, Maryland, but, after the diagnosis of ALS, they relocated with their two sons Neil and Eamon to Dillon in 1993 to share with them their love of the mountains. His marriage ended in divorce in 2001.
Despite his challenging physical condition, Pat’s passion for travel and outdoor adventure never waned, and he and friends traveled in recent years to Morocco and Mexico. When his condition threatened to keep him from bicycling, Pat devised a recumbent tricycle that enabled him to cycle right up to his final weeks.
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Pat touched many lives. Those who knew him would attest to his spirit, remarkable sense of humor, and insatiable love of life. He was cared for in his final years by his sons, and he and they were blessed with the generous support of Boulder friends.