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Jack Cady

Jack Cady

August 20, 2010

Family, friends and members of Hermann's small, tight-knit art community are grieving the loss of Jack Cady, of Hermann, who died at 1:26 a.m. Wed., Aug. 18, 2010.  He was 70 years old.
Cady was a regular actor, singer, producer and director at Hermann's Showboat Community Theatre.
Cady and his wife also owned and operated Cady FolkART, a carriage house bed and breakfast in Hermann.  The couple moved to Hermann after long teaching careers in Lee Summit, Mo., in the western edge of metropolitan Kansas City.  Cady taught English at Lee’s Summit High School where he met Christine Ware, his wife of 20 years.
Cady had struggled with health problems in 2010, but according to his wife, Christine Cady, Jack was singing Frank Sinatra's "I did it my way" the day before his death.  Cady will be remembered for an irrepressible spirit, for his generosity, and for his humility.
"He was such a simple man," Chris Cady stated  "He was a Christian Brother and he never wanted to be in the forefront."  Mrs. Cady said her husband was "a beloved teacher in life," and she is proud that he chose to donate his body to science so he can "also be a teacher in death."
Cady is survived by his wife Christine and a loving family, "literally hundreds of people," said Mrs. Cady.  She added, "he was a very loving father."  Cady is also survived by Gretchen Williams, Jason & Kristi Johnson-Ware, 2 grandchildren of Lee’s Summit.
The family is beginning to make plans for an Irish wake, to be announced.
In memory of Jack Cady, the family welcomes donations to any of the following:
The Showboat Theatre
c/o Mary Kunstmann
149 Black Oak
Hermann, Mo. 65041
Massas Creek Companion Animals
100 Massas Creek Rd.
Hermann, Mo. 65041

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  1. peggy strong says:
    August 20th, 2010 at 23:10
    He was my teacher in high school and will be missed,RIP mr cady
  2. Mark David says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 01:41
    Jack Cady was our english short stories teacher at LSJH. He was truly a gifted teacher/person. He would breathe life into the stories, making his classes special, and learning fun. A few years after high school, I had the good fortune of sharing a ski trip to Breckenridge Colorado.
    Over a decade went by without contact. I lost a child and received a very heart felt letter from him. It started out "I weep for your loss as I write this letter". He took the time to show he cared, which still moves me..
    I weep writing this today.It's been a blessing to have Mr Cady in my life as a teacher and friend.
    Mark David
  3. David Johnson says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 18:49
    Jack Cady was my english teacher in 1984. Jack would never let me quit on anything,..and continued to push and push for me to strive to the next level....this is something I've never forgot, and its now a common practice that I use today with employees. Jack will never fully understand how many lives that were touched and changed by his love for teaching and his wonderfully kind spirit!!! Jack Cady always made me laugh thru some very rough times in my life....
    Jack...You will be very missed by the souls on earth, but I know you're dancing with Jesus now...!
  4. Lisa Mendlick Schieszer says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 20:59
    Dear Chris,
    I remember how as a new teacher I admired you both, so different in style but so great at reaching kids. I taught art with Nancy and Jeanette and had both your kids in art when I was at PLJH for a few years. I always thought I would get to Hermann to stay at your B&B. I was so sad to hear of Jack's death. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
  5. Becky Abbott says:
    September 12th, 2010 at 04:02
    Oh Chris--I was in shock today when I learned about Jack. I am so saddened. Jack was such a dynamic free spirit that I thought he was here for the forever haul. I am so glad that the two of you found happiness for 20 years and I want you to know that I am thinking of you in my heart and prayers.
    I only found this out from Gwen Hunt when discussing the loss of Ken Holmes in a bicycle accident. His services were today.
  6. Gina (Jenkins) Girolami says:
    August 4th, 2011 at 15:29
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss, everyone's loss. He was my favorite teacher! I graduated in '82, he was always so funny, supportive, full of life, best guy ever. He was a wonderful male role model for me when my parents were divorcing in high school. Someone whose life I truly admired. I am months away from graduating with my Doctor of Pharmacy degree, wish I could have told him, I know he would have been so proud of me. I am sure he will be by my side at my graduation. I saw him at a reunion and my husband and I hoped to come to the bed and breakfast some time, I am so sad we were unable to make that happen in time. Thank you for making him so happy for so many years! All of my best, please know he will always be in my heart!
  7. Anthony Hinrichs says:
    November 15th, 2012 at 14:56
    Jack was my mentor and BEST FREIND Ill never forget him as long as I live I LOVE YOU JACK SLEEP WELL OLD FREIND
  8. Ken Street says:
    March 22nd, 2014 at 01:24
    I have felt you look into my life lately...and, I want to take a moment to thank you. Thank you for reminding me of your carefree approach to all that life and living would throw. I am alive because of you and your open arms, and of course the token line "aw, come on, does it really matter?"... I still have the "yarn ball necklace" that you gave to me 27 years ago and every time I look at it, I see your smiling face, your unconditional love, your giving and caring nature, and I hear your words of comfort and perspective. I am today, committing myself to enjoy the simple pleasures of living more like you taught me. I miss you dearly my friend. You touched numerous lives, and continue to do so when we make the time to reflect upon any of the countless moments that you unselfishly went out of your way to be a friend, mentor, and inspiration. Thanks so much for continuing to be part of my life! Love you Jack-
  9. Charles David Todd says:
    February 26th, 2015 at 01:30
    Jack I just look back. it was just like yesterday but now you're gone you know you made an impression On me. I'll never forget your kind heart and your bumper stickers I hate teenagers and school sucks I miss you jack 970 800 1389. Well Jack. goodbye my friend

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