Kevin Edward Cassidy
Kevin E. Cassidy
Kevin Edward Cassidy of Southampton and Northport died on May 5, at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing from complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 81.
Mr. Cassidy was born on July 1, 1937, in Rochester, to Dr. Edward and Elizabeth Goodenough Prentice Cassidy. When he was six months old, the family moved to Southampton where his father had secured a position at Southampton High School. They first lived on Van Brunt Street before moving to their home on North Main Street.
His childhood was spent playing in the potato fields of Southampton with friends, picking wild raspberries in the woods that ringed the village, and delivering newspapers on his bicycle. As a teenager, he worked at Coopers Beach at the concession stand, and the Meadow Club where he was a night watchman.
Mr. Cassidy excelled as a student and graduated Southampton High School in 1955 as class Salutatorian. He played the tuba in the high school marching band for four years, despite being tone deaf and never learning how to read music. He was one of 10 students nationwide to receive a Grumman scholarship to study engineering at Princeton University. While at Princeton, he continued playing the tuba in the Princeton marching band.
He met his future wife, Martha Mitchell, while in college and they married the week following graduation. He had a long and fulfilling career as an electrical engineer, having worked for Grumman, LILCO, and, most recently, BBS in Patchogue. His projects included NASA, large-scale commercial buildings, sporting arenas and local schools. He also had a forensic engineering firm, Cassidy & Associates, that provided specialized services in accident interpretation and reconstruction.
A consummate engineer, he enjoyed nothing more than poring over blueprints and designing complex electrical systems. His engineering career spanned 56 years and he retired at age 78 after a knee replacement prevented him from doing site work in the field.
Later life enjoyments included sailing Shinnecock Bay and building and flying model airplanes.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha M. Cassidy of Southampton and Northport; a daughter, Janet E. Cassidy of Hampton Bays; a sister-in-law, Jane O’Hara and her husband William of East Rockaway; two nieces, Kathleen O’Hara and Colleen O’Hara; and two great-nieces, Katie and Megan.
Arrangements were under the direction of the O’Connell Rothwell funeral home in Southampton. Mr. Cassidy was cremated and interred next to his parents in Southampton Cemetery. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.