Richard T. “Dick” Cassidy of Addison, Texas, was born February 12, 1941, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He passed into peace February 8, 2017, in Dallas. Dick had a great time growing up in Glen Ellen, Illinois, in the “Happy Days” era. He also had a great time as a Beta brother at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, and studying law at SMU in Dallas. He enjoyed practicing mostly employment law in Dallas until he retired in 2008. Dick nourished life-long friendships all along the way, never met a stranger, and pretty much always had a great time.
With the people in his life (as well as the animals), Dick was gentle, inclusive, patient, wise, passionate, and a terrific listener. When Katy was growing up, he was Coach Cassidy, marshalling her soccer teams and winning the hearts of her friends. He was a walker, sometimes for hours, or just a few minutes. He and Ellen loved traveling, especially taking their grandchildren on repeat trips to Galveston and Crested Butte, among other places. He was delighted to discover email and texting, staying in touch with people from all corners of his life. Once you got on one of his “lists,” you could count on daily mail. He loved classical music and country music (the Willie and Waylon variety), FOOD, and the Dallas Cowboys (we thank them for giving him the best season in a long time as his last one). He treasured his friendships, every one of them.
Dick’s brilliant sense of humor was quick, hysterical, constant, and always kind. When he got sober October 15, 1994, he was afraid he would lose that gift. Not so! He celebrated 22 years of continuous sobriety and was funnier than ever. His writing professionally as well as personally reflected his wit, intelligence and quirkiness. He even made reading minutes from Board meetings something to look forward to! (Watch for his yet-to-be-published novel, “Red Flags Are Not Party Favors.”)
Dick adored his family, and they adore him still, every one of them. That includes wife Ellen, daughter Katy, step-son Maury Thomas and his wife Carin, grandchildren Anthony Farrer, Alicia Northrop, Tristan and Sutton Lory, and Madison and Kennedy Thomas, step-granddaughter Emily Hickman, brother Larry, brothers- and sisters- and daughter- and son-in-law (past and present), nieces, nephews, and pets (currently Pepe, ChaCha and Taco the Cat). It also included his parents Paul and Inez Cassidy, step-daughter Melissa Lory, and grandson Cameron Farrer who all predeceased him.
Dick was a peacemaker – he didn’t set out to save the world but to wonder how other people were doing and to care how his actions affected their hearts. Pass it on.
A celebration of Dick’s life will be held Saturday, February 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Unity of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas 75231.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to an educational fund for Dick’s grandchildren either electronically at paypal.me/cassidy1959 or to Ellen Cassidy, 4110 Pokolodi Circle, Addison 75001, noting RTC on the donation. We thank you for your outpouring of love and support.
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