Kevin P. Cashin, 63
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Kevin Patrick Cashin, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and camper. Kevin passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving Cashin and Neil family, on Sunday, August 25, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with Huntington’s Disease.
Born in North Sydney on January 12, 1956, Kevin was the son of the late Lloyd and Elizabeth (MacNeil) Cashin. Kevin graduated in 1977 from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College with an Agricultural Business Technician Diploma. He immediately began work with Purina Feed Servicing farming families on Mainland Nova Scotia in the Antigonish and Guysborough areas. He was happy to move back home to Cape Breton to begin a 27-year career as a driver/salesman with Scotsburn Dairy. In this capacity, ‘The Ice Cream Man’ visited every community on the Northside of Cape Breton Island, turning customers and children into friends one popsicle at a time.
Kevin is survived by his wife of 42 years Heather (Neil) Cashin, son Patrick (Monique) and the much cherished apple of his eye, granddaughter Bridget Claire. He is also survived by brothers Brian (Suzanne), Sean (Gail), sisters Theresa (Randy) Seward, Clare (David) Grant, Brenda (Stephen) Howard, Joan (Scott) Hatcher and Heather Boutilier, his brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne (Linda) Neil, David “Midge” (Wendy) Neil, Judy (Robert) Hardy, Dennis (Hope) Neil, Gary Neil, Sheila (Neil) Jackson, Peggy Neil, George Neil, numerous nieces and nephews that he truly adored, and his little buddies and dear neighbours Garrett & Makayla Whittle.
Besides his parents, Kevin was predeceased by a brother Lloyd Joseph, brothers-in-law Kirk Boutilier and James “Jimmy” Neil, as well as his father and mother-in law, James and Alma Neil from Grand Bruit, NL.
Kevin was a proud Cape Bretoner who enjoyed life’s simple pleasures; a game of hockey with the boys, NASCAR racing on TV (provided Dale Earnhardt or a least a Chev was winning), camping with family & friends and teaching his many nieces & nephews to properly express themselves using a single hand gesture. He was a long-time member and Chief Executive Officer of the Rollies Raiders/Wharf Rats hockey club, one of the longest running ice rentals in the history of gentleman’s hockey on the Northside. Suffice to say Sunday night hockey will not be the same going forward although retrieving your stick when exiting the dressing room will be substantially easier.
There will be no visitation by request. A private family service will be held under the care and direction of W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney.
Memorial donations may be made to the Huntington Society of Canada or to transition an unfortunate Ford owner into a General Motors vehicle of their choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wjdooley.com.
The family would also like to recognize the special care and friendship provided by Dr. John Kirkpatrick during the course of Kevin’s illness.
One can only assume that upon hearing of Kevin’s passing and whether he would be admitted through the pearly gates of heaven, St. Peter would have simply replied ‘Automatic’.