Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

James “Jim” Cahill

James C. “Jim” Cahill, age 85, of Quincy, died on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 8:35 am in Blessing Hospital.

Jim was born December 17, 1932 in Osceola, Ontario, Canada the son of Joseph B. and Marie Vivian Morris Cahill. He grew up in Rockwood, Michigan, south of Detroit. Jim attended high school and college in the St. Louis area, then colleges and universities across the country, earning several bachelor and masters degrees.

For many years, Jim taught music, psychology and sociology at the high school and college levels. Jim came to Quincy in 1972 to work as a family counselor at Family Service Agency, which is now Cornerstone. He thoroughly enjoyed working with people of all ages.

Jim was active in many outdoor sports including biking, softball, running, skiing, and walking. Indoors, he enjoyed visits with friends and card games. Jim was an avid reader of mysteries, history and government books. Later in life, Jim spent many years volunteering as a mentor and tutor for readers young and old.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Gerald “Gerry” Cahill, Arnold “Arnie” Cahill and Allen “Al” Cahill.

Mass: 11:00 a.m, Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Church of St. Peter in Quincy.

Services: an “Irish Wake” to celebrate Jim’s life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Mark Twain Brewery (422 N. Main St. Hannibal, MO 63401)

Memorials: Salvation Army Hometown Endowment


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. I had the opportunity to work with Jim at family service agency. He was kind, caring, and dedicated to his clients. A really good man. Paula Bristol says:

    I had the opportunity to work with Jim at family service agency. He was kind, caring, and dedicated to his clients. A really good man.

  2. Jim was one of my favorite brother in law. He and his brothers were blessed with musical talent. It was a pleasure to hear them . They all had the Irish wit Every summer we would visit Jim. He loved showing us the local sights, walking through the beautiful
    Parks playing golf,, eating at his favorite restaurants, the pier and the patio playing cards and laughing a lot. He will be missed

  3. I fondly remember Uncle Jim’s tenor voice and guitar playing as he sang with his brothers. His quick wit always left us laughing and immensely enjoying his company. The choir of angels have added a strong new member to the team.

  4. I have fond memories of Uncle Jim playing guitar with my Uncle Gerry and singing with my Dad and Uncle Al. They will have a great quartet in heaven. My last visit to Uncle Jim involved a lot of gin rummy playing and he taught me to play Farkle, a fun dice game I have since taught to my family and friends. Although we didn’t see him much as he traveled less over the years, we will all miss him. Rest In Peace Uncle Jim.

  5. Jim spent three days a week over seventeen years as a mentor for both my Reading Recovery and First Grade Students at Berrian, Adams, and Monroe Schools. The children loved Jim and loved reading and writing with him. For some children, he was the only person available that gave them extra time and attention. By the time I retired from Quincy Public Schools we celebrated that Jim was finally going to pass First Grade! I’m positive he is now in Heaven doing all the things he loved doing on earth! ! He was a gem, a great friend and will be sadly missed. Jim was truly one in a million!

  6. Jim’s love for God, people, music and sports…outstanding! He taught me in high school years ago, tried to help me sing…he told me continue involvement with athletics and glee club. And so I thank God for his life on earth, and firmly believe that his life is changed — not ended! Enjoy, Jim!!

  7. A man of vast knowledge, and willing to share it with all. Kind, understanding, and a mentor to many youth.

  8. When I think of Jim I smile – he was my skiing instructor, tennis partner, singing partner and fellow teacher at John Wood. I’m sure he has a good round of Shanghai Rummy going up there! And Jim, I won 51% of those tennis matches!!

  9. Jim was a wonderful person. I have many memories of ski trips to Colorado. He always had some thing nice and encouraging to say. A great family friend who lived his life well. God Bless you Jim!

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