ECA News


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12/21/2018 Member News
In Memoriam

ECA Past President, Michael "Joe" Cahill of member firm Duncan & Cahill, Inc., was laid to rest earlier this week, passing away after a brief illness. He was 92.

Joe Cahill In Memoriam

Scott, Joe, Elsie and Alisa at ECA's 125th Anniversary Celebration. A United States Navy Veteran, Joe attended RPI after his service and earned a degree in civil engineering in 1949. He completed his master's degree at RPI a few years later. Joe followed his father into the family business and became the sole - and second-generation - owner of Duncan & Cahill in 1968.

Joe served as Duncan & Cahill's president for over 50 years, before handing over the reins to the company's third generation: his daughter, Alisa, and son, Scott. Even in retirement, he checked in from time to time, including a recent request for pictures from a job taking place in the Capital District.

Joe was a very important member and leader of Eastern Contractors Association. Not only was he a past Board member and Past President of our organization, he also served the Troy Builders Exchange for years and was instrumental in the merger of the Troy, Albany and Schenectady exchanges back in the 1950s, from which emerged the Eastern New York Construction Employers, Inc. --later being renamed Eastern Contractors Association. He received ECA's special recognition award in 1993 and 20 years later, presented that same award to his daughter, Alisa. We were also honored to have him in attendance at our 125th Anniversary Celebration in 2015.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 70 years, Elsie, their five children, Alisa, Scott, Linda, Tracey and Michael, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and many nieces. He would often comment on the pride and love he had for his family by saying to Elsie: "We started all this."

Those wishing to remember Joe in a special way may make a memorial contribution to the Sacred Heart School Fund, 310 Spring Avenue, Troy NY 12180.

Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.