James Edward Cadigan

August 6, 2013

By Caitlin Doxsie

Dec. 28, 1923 – July 22, 2013

Jim Cadigan, of Bellevue, passed away July 22, 2013, at the age of 89.

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James Edward Cadigan

Jim was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, to Allen Michael and Elizabeth Mae (Winslow) Cadigan, both of Johnsonburg, Pa. He spent most of his life in Washington state.

After completing his service as a cadet squadron commander in the Army Air Corps, he attended the College of Puget Sound where he met his future wife, Mary. They married in Tacoma on Nov. 26, 1946. He later enlisted in the Air Force Reserve serving as a navigator and retired as a major in 1983. After more than three decades in federal civil service, he retired from the General Services Administration in 1978, as the finance director of GSA’s Northwest Region.

In retirement, he took up sailing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking, all with his wife Mary. He joined the Issaquah Alps Trail Club, serving for a time as treasurer. For more than two decades he devoted time to blazing and maintaining trails, leading hikes and taking in the natural beauty of his surroundings and its wildlife. Jim considered a climb on Mount Rainier with a small group in his early 60s, among his most memorable achievements.

He was predeceased by his wife and companion of 62 years, Mary Elizabeth (Wight), and his brother Robert A. Cadigan, of Colorado. He is survived by his four children Kathy Batie (Tom) of Portland Ore.; Jim Cadigan (Jocelyne), of Cincinnati, Ohio; Helen Cadigan, of Bellevue; and Douglas Cadigan, of Los Angeles. He is also survived by grandchildren Kim, Carrie, Summer, James, Jonathan and Elizabeth; and great grandchildren Jack, Gracie and Chloe.

A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic Church. A reception will follow. Private interment will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to Issaquah Alps Trail Club.

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