portrait picture for John Francis Caddell

Visitation: Friends may call on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services: 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: Burial will follow the services in St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk. Donations: Contributions in his memory may be made to: Wittingham Cancer Center c/o Norwalk Hospital Foundation, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06850-3894

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

  1. I know it is sad when someone as Great as Jonh goes Home. He is hearing “Well done my good and faithful servant come into the rest I have prepared just for you”
    We are still left with a void.
    You are all in my prayers.

    October 26, 2013
    Gary Shank -
  • Dear Anne, John Michael and Maureen, I was very sorry to hear about Johns passing. It is sad, but comforting to know he is at rest now and he will suffer no more.
    Stay strong, you all have wonderful memories to tuck safely into your heart and he will be with you always.
    Much Love,
    Anne Marie and Chuckie and family xoxo

    October 28, 2013
    Anne Marie Setaro -
  • It is with much sadness to hear of his passing. My children ages 23, 21 and 13 still talk about Mr. Caddell. My oldest had him sign a soccer ball and thought he was the coolest guy ever! He was an extremely important part of their years at West School in New Canaan and his memory will live on thru the youth that he has touched in his years at West School, he is a legend to all of these kids. May you find comfort in knowing that he gave so much to so many of the students at West School. Truly a GREAT MAN! He will be forever in our hearts and prayers.
    All Our Love,
    The LoRusso Family
    Lynne, Jeffrey, Matthew, Daniel and Andrew

    October 30, 2013
    Lynne LoRusso -
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