CYRIL R CACACE It is with enormous grief that we convey the passing of our beloved Captain Cyril Cacace, husband father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. He was truly a charming presence with an uncanny wit and a fierce dedication to his family and friends. He was known as "Cy" and depending on how playful he might be feeling any given day, as "Cy Baby". His wonderful sense of humor will be sorely missed. Cy was born a British citizen in Cairo, Egypt in 1930 to his parents Fortunato ("Forty") and Gladys Cacace. He came to America in 1952 (age 22) to study aeronautics. In 1953 he met the love of his life Minnie, in Hawthorne, California. They were married only three months later. Their marriage lasted 66 years. From that bond came their only child, Caren. Cy was a deeply passionate man in all areas of his life, but especially regarding fulfilling his dream (from age 6) of becoming a professional pilot. He retired as Captain from Trans World Airlines after 27 years with the company hiring on as a Flight Engineer and working his way up. He was also especially proud of obtaining his American citizenship in 1955 after serving in the Army during the Korean War. He genuinely loved this country and the many opportunities it provided to him. Cy & Minnie traveled the world, including such famous destinations as Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Egypt (where they rode on camels in front of the great Pyramids) France, Spain, Italy, Greece & England. They were avid hikers with their best friends Olive and Bill Benke and hiked to the summit of Mt. Whitney and to the depths of the Grand Canyon together. They made road trips to Alaska & to Mexico. The slide shows they produced, documenting their adventures, were amazing & cutting edge for the time. They fished, hunted, boated and RV'd extensively and made countless friends along the way. Cy was also nicknamed "Captain Pyro" as he was in charge of the campfires at their RV outings some of which even the grandkids got to participate in. They lived in Claremont, California in the beginning, moving to Lake Mead in 1970, where they maintained their base of operations for the next 50 years. They loved Boulder City and put down deep roots there. They belonged to many clubs over the years, The Pomona Valley Rod & Gun Club, The Wagon Angels & The Rolling Boulders. Most recently they enjoyed the food & fellowship at the Boulder City Senior Center. Cy is survived by his daughter Caren, son-in-law Art, grandchildren Jessica Knox, Elaine Dolecek, Joe Wagner & Scott Lawrence & great-grand-children Aidan Knox & Laine Knox. He is preceded in death by his parents Gladys & Forty Cacace, his brother Lutey, his uncle Norman Smith and dearest friends, Olive and Bill Benke. (His wife Minnie of 66 years passed away only 18 days after losing Cy). A funeral service in memory of Minnie and Cy will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm at Palm Mortuary on Boulder Highway in Henderson, Nevada. Interment will follow the services at Boulder City Municipal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Minnie & Cy may be made to the Boulder City Senior Citizens Center, 813 Arizona Street, Boulder City, Nevada, 89005.
Published in Boulder City Review on Mar. 5, 2020.