Dr. David Bede Cassidy, 62, was killed on April 17, 2016 while bike riding from Paris to Lexington, KY. Born on May 8, 1953 in Williamsburg, Virginia, David was the 2nd of four sons of the late Dr Francis P. Cassidy and Joan W. Cassidy of Auburn, Massachusetts.
Dr. Cassidy was a graduate of Columbia University and Tufts University School of Medicine with a specialty in interventional cardiology. He served his country as captain in the Army Medical Corps in Colorado, California and Texas, and was a proud veteran.
Dr. Cassidy was a caring cardiologist who truly loved his job, working in private practice and affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital, serving patients in Central and Eastern Kentucky. He was beloved by his patients and staff alike, spending time with each patient listening and caring for every one. He worked with the American Heart Association promoting awareness throughout the region. As stated in a caring letter to colleagues from St. Joseph Hospital, “Dr. Cassidy not only touched many lives, he saved them.”
He was active in Christ Church Cathedral serving as communion minister and lector, and was a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. As an active environmentalist and naturalist, David worked as a passionate executive committee member of The Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve, with the Nature Conservancy and Appalachian Mountain Club. Many of his friends enjoyed his hand needlepointed gifts, and he also spent his time hiking, skiing, running, gardening and cooking. He was an avid cyclist as a member of the ‘Zombies’, currently training for a 100 mile bike race in Chattanooga.
Dr. Cassidy is survived by his children Zachary Dunn Cassidy of Denver, Colorado, Darcy Colleen Cassidy of New York, New York, and Bryan Irwin of Denver, Colorado; brothers Neil Cassidy of Berkeley, California, Peter Cassidy of London, England, and Nevan Cassidy of New Hampshire; the mother of his children Karma Clara Bryan of Lexington; and his sweetheart Lynn Thompson Erickson, Lexington. The family extends special thanks to dear friends Dermot Halpin, Ben Cowan, Fred Coates, Claire Sipple, Melissa Wilson, Rick Ford, Sheila and Joe Ferrell for their encouragement and support of David over the years.
The funeral service will be held in Lexington at Christ Church Cathedral on Friday, April 22, at 11am. A Celebration of Life will be held from 12 to 2pm at 210 North Broadway, the Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan House (formerly Women’s Club of Central Kentucky.)
In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to Christ Church Cathedral, Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve or the Nature Conservancy.