Honoring Tradition.
Celebrating Life.

James Cahill

September 30, 1933 - June 5, 2021
Grand Rapids, MI



Friday, June 11, 2021
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes
Alt & Shawmut Hills Chapel
2120 Lake Michigan Dr., N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 453-8263

Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 PM

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Funeral Mass

Saturday, June 12, 2021
10:00 AM EDT
St. Isidore Catholic Church
628 Diamond Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 459-4731

Visitation will be from 9 until the time of the Mass

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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

University of Notre Dame: Barbara Cahill and Missy Cahill McKnight Endowment Fund
1251 North Eddy St Suite 300
South Bend, IN 46617

3rd Chair Counseling: Loretta and James Cahill Memorial Scholarship Fund
648 Monroe Ave NW Ste 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Ball Park Floral
8 Valley Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 459-3409
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Life Story / Obituary


James William Cahill of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 5, 2021. He was born the Autumn of 1933 in Grand Rapids, MI to William and Frances [Becker] Cahill. Along with his parents, James is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; daughter Missy (Cahill) McKnight; and sister, Loretta Cahill. He is survived by his son, Kevin (Roberta) Cahill, son-in-law, Scott (Amber) McKnight; grandson, Connor McKnight; brother, Patrick (Sue) Cahill; nephew, William (Kellie) Cahill; niece, Katie (Mike) Fireline; and special friend, Ruth Harris. James was a long time member of St. Isidore Catholic Church, graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1951 and was a passionate and enthusiastic Notre Dame graduate (1955) and supporter. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 628 Diamond Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 at 10 AM on Saturday, June 12, 2021 with the Monsignor Edward Hankiewicz officiating. Visitation is scheduled to take place at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 6-8 pm with the recitation of the rosary taking place at 7:30 pm. Visitation has also been scheduled for one hour prior to the service at church. James will be laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery in Wyoming MI. Memorial contributions in James's memory may be made to the: Barbara Cahill & Missy Cahill McKnight Endowment Fund, Harper Cancer Research - Office of Gift Giving, University of Notre Dame, 1251 North Eddy St, Suite 300, South Bend IN 46617 or to 3rd Chair Counseling: Loretta and James Cahill Memorial Scholarship Fund, 648 Monroe Ave NW Ste 100 Grand Rapids, MI 49503. To share a memory or to sign his guestbook, visit www.heritagelifestory.com