William E. “Red” McCabe

February 18, 2017
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William E. “Red” McCabe. 88, a well-known Nashua resident, passed away Saturday morning, February 18, 2017 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center after a period of declining health.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on August 18, 1928, he was a son of the late William E. and Alice A. (Rondeau) McCabe. Red was educated in local schools and graduated from Nashua High School Class of 1947. An Army veteran of the Korean War, Mr. McCabe served as a Master Sergeant in Germany for two years.
Following for his military service, Red began his career in sporting goods at the former Philip Morris Store in downtown Nashua. He then worked for MacGregor Golf and Athletic Equipment for twenty years and later was an independent sporting goods sales representative.
Mr. McCabe was a 56 year and life member of Nashua Lodge 720 Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks. He also held memberships in the American Legion James E. Coffey Post #3 of Nashua; the 28th Infantry Division Association; the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. and the New England Chapter of Korea Veterans of America. He was a communicant of St. Patrick Church.
In November of 1951, Red married Jeannette E. Douville and they shared over 45 years together until her passing on May 1, 1997.
Members of his family include a step-son, Dennis G. Baker and his wife Claire of Goffstown; seven step grandchildren and nine step great-grandchildren; close friends, Robert T. Ravenelle and Shirley B. Messier both of Nashua; his God children, Gerard A. Baron and his wife Cali, James T. Guill and his wife Vicki and Robert T. Ravenelle II; also several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife and parents, Red was also predeceased by a step-daughter and her husband, Claire (Baker) and Ernest Rager.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Laurel Place in Hudson and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua for their care, comfort and kindness extended to Red.
Calling hours will be held at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua on Wednesday February 22nd from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Patrick Church, 29 Spring Street, Nashua, Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. Interment and Army Honors will take place in St. Louis Cemetery. Friends are invited to attend and are asked to gather at the church. Donations may be made in his memory to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, P.O. Box 3116, Nashua, NH 03061-3116 or the Corpus Christi Food Pantry, 43 Franklin Street, Nashua, NH 03064. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE. (603) 882-0591. www.farwellfuneralservice.com

7 Comments on William E. “Red” McCabe

Rick & Kathy King said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Bill, Both Kathy and I so much enjoyed every visit with you that we had and you will be greatly missed! I toasted you with a Bloody Mary last night just like the ones that you always had waiting for us at the TCK NSGA cocktail parties. You were and still are still one of the finest gentleman I have ever met!

Ray Smith said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 10:44 AM

Red, I will miss you and all the information about the songs and dances of the 40's and 50's. You were great to be around at the rehab center and I enjoyed your friendship and conversations.

Chip McErlane said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 9:39 AM

Billy McCabe you will be missed. You were one of the BEST! Joe has a Jameson on the rocks waiting for you!!

Chip McErlane said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2017 at 9:39 AM

Billy McCabe you will be missed. You were one of the BEST! Joe has a Jameson on the rocks waiting for you!!

Christine (Raiche)Ylonen said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Red, you will always be in our hearts and our thoughts.

Linda Walker said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2017 at 10:52 AM

A true and classy gentleman.

Fran Davis said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2017 at 10:21 AM

A great man, friend and sock salesman 😊. One of the best road guys in the business.

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