Thursday, December 11, 2003

Michael Cassady, soccer coach, dad


Attorney worked for Appeals Court

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

EVENDALE - Michael C. Cassady, attorney for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, died Sunday at Fairfield Mercy Hospital after a long battle with cancer. The Evendale resident was 52.

"Michael was held in the highest regard by all of his colleagues in the Sixth Circuit and elsewhere for his intellectual integrity, wise counsel and reasoned judgment," said Leonard Green of Blue Ash, clerk of the court. "He embodied all of the highest ideals of his profession and will be sorely missed."

Mr. Cassady was a member of the St. Xavier High School class of 1969. He played on the school's first soccer team.

He graduated from Ohio University in 1973 and Capital University Law School in 1976.

He started out with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals as a staff attorney, moving up to a supervisory position.

Mr. Cassady served as captain of the St. Anthony retreat group at the Milford Spiritual Center and was a parish soccer coach and referee.

"He was a loving and generous father, husband and son," said Linda, his wife of 25 years. One hundred people helped the Cassadys celebrate their wedding anniversary eight days before Mr. Cassady's death.

"It was a fitting tribute to the love Linda and Michael shared with so many people," said Mr. Cassady's twin sister, Molly Cassady of Hyde Park. "The outpouring of affection expressed that evening will never be forgotten."

In addition to his wife and sister, survivors include his daughter, Katie, at home; a son, Michael, a student at Clemson University; his parents, Harry and Betty Cassady of Hyde Park; two other sisters, Suzanne Ruehr of Blue Ash and Trisha Cassady of Schenectady, N.Y.; and two brothers, Peter of Symmes Township and Tom of Hyde Park.

Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 162 Siebenthaler Ave. in Reading. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Montgomery.

Memorials: Milford Spiritual Center, 5361 S. Milford Road, Milford, OH 45150; or The Wellness Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com




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