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James "Jim" D. Cahalan
June 20, 1937 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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In loving memory of James Donald Cahalan, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on February 1, 2024. He was born June 20, 1937 in Williamstown, Massachusetts where he grew up before moving to Storrs, CT and then Columbia, CT.
Jim earned his undergraduate degree at North Adams teacher’s college and later went on to earn his master’s degree in physics at the University of Connecticut and his Master’s Degree in English from Wesleyan University. He valued education and prided himself on being a lifelong learner. Jim also took great pride in his military service as sergeant in the US Marine Corps serving from 1954-1958.
Jim’s life was a testament to the power of love, as he cherished his family above all else. He was also a man of many passions; a sailboat enthusiast who spent many years restoring old schooners in one of his favorite places, Mystic, CT, a writer and poet who captured life’s moments with profound insight, and a dedicated teacher who inspired countless minds with his wisdom and compassion. Although he taught in many schools including Wethersfield High School, he always reflected on the strong community he had at Kingswood-Oxford in West Hartford where he ended his career. Jim also found joy in his affiliation with the Andover Sportsman’s club target shooting, and teaching gun safety classes.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Paula Cahalan, his children Jay Cahalan and his wife Leila Cahalan, and Shaune Santos and her husband Jim Santos, granddaughters Brenna Carter and her husband Max, Camryn Santos, Devon Santos, Kelsey Cahalan and her wife Corinne, great grandchildren Kenadee and Miles Carter. As well as a special daughter-in-law Kathy Strauch and her husband Tom, his sister Dorothy Langley, his brother Richard Cahalan and a number of nieces and nephews, all of whom adored him. Jim always believed that his biggest accomplishment in life was the family he created.
Jim was a brilliant, passionate, and creative man who lived his life with a spirit of adventure and a heart full of love. The impact he left on those who knew and loved him will not be lost. He was an incredible man.
In accordance with Jim’s wishes, services will be held privately. The family appreciates your understanding.