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Joseph George Cady, Jr
Birth: Mar. 17, 1928
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 9, 2007
Arapahoe County
Colorado, USA

Joe Cady was born on March 17, 1928. While both his parents were of German descent, his St. Patrick's Day birth made him an Irishman at heart.

During the great depression of the 1930s Joe's parents and grandparents purchased a cottage on the shores of Lake Ontario, a short drive north of their home in Syracuse, New York. It was there that Joe spent the summers of his youth, and the cottage remained his island of tranquility for more than 70 years.

In 1950, after obtaining his aeronautical engineering degree at Purdue University, Joe returned to New York where he became an instructor and earned his master's degree at Syracuse University. It was there that he met his wife, Frances Mullin. They were married in 1956, and moved to San Diego, California, where Joe had accepted a position with General Dynamics/Convair. Their oldest daughter, Kelley was born during the California years.

Joe and Fran returned to Syracuse in 1959 where he began a 16-year stint with the General Electric Company. A second daughter, Anne joined the family in 1960. It was at G.E. that Joe began his many years of support to the Apollo Space Program, transferring first to Florida for 4 years, and then to Washington, DC. The Cady family were all guests of NASA at Cape Kennedy for the historic launch of Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission in 1969. After the completion of the Apollo missions, Joe continued his career as an engineer and manager until his retirement in 1993. At that time he and Fran moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, near the home of their daughter Kelley and her husband, Harlan Simonsen.

Throughout his life Joe enjoyed an interest in old automobiles. He owned and restored a number of vintage cars including a Jaguar, Cord, Type 57 Bugatti, MG-TD, 1918 Franklin, two 3-wheel Morgans, and an Excalibur roadster that he enjoyed driving through the streets of Fort Collins. He also collected antique radiator ornaments, spending many weekends happily scouring flea markets, car shows, and antique stores. His collection of more than 300 mascots was one of a kind, and is now on permanent display at the AACA museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Joe was always a "people person", able to strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He enjoyed working with Fran delivering meals to shut-ins for the Meals on Wheels program in Fort Collins. He was a regular volunteer at the Poudre Valley Hospital thrift shop for more than 10 years. His great sense of humor remained with him throughout his life and will long be remembered by all who knew him.

Joe is survived by his wife, Frances of Fort Collins, his daughter, Kelley Simonsen of Eaton, Colorado, and his daughter Anne Cady of Manassas, Virginia. 
Family links: 
  Joseph George Cady (1901 - 1935)
  Marie Magdelene Duffner Cady (1904 - 1991)
  Anne Marie Cady (1960 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Weedsport Rural Cemetery
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Created by: Anne Cady
Record added: Jun 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27570629
Joseph George Cady, Jr
Added by: Anne Cady
Joseph George Cady, Jr
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Joseph George Cady, Jr
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Rest in Heavenly peace.
- Lori Haus
 Added: Nov. 1, 2016

 Added: Jun. 19, 2016
Happy Father's Day Dad. You were the best a kid could hope for. Miss you bunches.
- Anne Cady
 Added: Jun. 19, 2016
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