John Francis Caddell
October 19, 1924 - October 24, 2013
John Francis (“Jack”) Caddell, age 89, died peacefully at Norwalk Hospital on Thursday. He grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as one of twelve children, immigrated to the United States in 1953, and lived in Norwalk, New Canaan, and, most recently, Westport.
He worked at Vanderbilt Chemical Company in Norwalk before starting a long career selling cars at Sabye and Harford Buick, eventually spending many years at Griffin Ford in New Canaan and Stamford Motors. Among his countless repeat customers were the legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
After retiring from the car business, Mr. Caddell embarked on a 20-year-long second career, putting his lifelong love and experience in the game of soccer to use by coaching a legion of youth soccer teams, both boys and girls, in New Canaan. He also worked part-time at West School in New Canaan, where his love, compassion and sense of humor influenced another generation of kids.
He was a longtime member of Assumption Church in Westport, where until recently he attended daily Mass. During gatherings of the local Irish community, he could be counted on to lead the singalong of traditional tunes, and was even known to some as the “Falls Road Troubadour.” He was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Mr. Caddell is survived by his wife, Anne, children John M., of Camp Hill, PA, and Maureen, of Framingham, MA; four brothers and sisters in Ireland; two grandchildren; and countless nieces and nephews.
His son fondly remembers taking Mr. Caddell to his first-ever World Cup match in New Jersey in 1994, a quarterfinal between Bulgaria and Germany, and hearing his dad critique the penalty-kick strategy of the German striker.
Friends may call on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 AM in the Church of the Assumption, 98 Riverside Avenue, Westport. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.
Contributions in his memory may be made to: Wittingham Cancer Center c/o Norwalk Hospital Foundation, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06850-3894