Cecily Barbara (Hannan) Cahill of Auburn passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Christopher House.
She was the wife of James Emmett Cahill who died in 1995. Cecily was predeceased by her parents Frederick L. and Mary Alice (Shea) Hannan, and her siblings Rita, Edward and Frederick Hannan.
Cecily (“Sis”) leaves three children John James Cahill and his wife Elaine of Sutton; Susan Cullen and her husband Richard of Lynnfield; and James E. Cahill Jr. and his wife Trudy of Spencer. She was the devoted grandmother of Amy Cahill, wife of Keith O’Connell of Norwell; Megan Cahill, wife of Patrick Clare-O’Brien of Quincy; Heather Cahill, wife of Andrew Gilmore of Marshfield; Colleen Cullen, wife of Andrew Dunleavy, of South Boston; Brian Cullen of Lynnfield, and Kaitlyn and Ashley Cahill both of Spencer. Cecily was the loving great-grandmother of Max, Charlie and Sam O’Connell, and Emmett and Rosalie Gilmore. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Cecily was born in Worcester, and lived in Auburn for more than sixty years. She was a graduate of the former Classical High School in Worcester.
Cecily’s greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her children and their families. She also enjoyed helping others and this was a mainstay throughout her life. Over the years, she worked part-time in the retail industry. Additionally, Cecily was also a volunteer at UMass-Memorial for over 15 years. She was affiliated with the Nutrition Department and very much enjoyed the staff and helping the many, many patients she encountered throughout her years of service.
Her family wishes to thank the staff at Christopher House for its compassionate care of Cecily.
Calling hours are Friday, January 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will be held Saturday, January 21, at 11 a.m. in North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Dr., Auburn. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery, Worcester.
Memorial donations may be made to the Notre Dame Hospice, 555 Plantation St., Worcester. MA 01605, UMass-Memorial Foundation, 333 South St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545, or the North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Dr., Auburn, MA 01501.