If I’m ever hard pressed for a definition of maudlin, I can always cite this obituary. It was online this morning at the Website for The Marietta Times, my hometown newspaper. I knew one McCabe when I was living in Marietta, an electronics expert named Dan McCabe, who more than once did massive repairs to my fledgling stereo and tape equipment.
Without further ado, here is the gag-me prose that was printed this morning:
And so it came to pass that at 12:53 p.m. Thursday (May 31, 2007), our husband, son, brother, father, counselor, sponsor, confidant and friend, James E. McCabe, left behind the bindings of this world, and headed off into the green pastures of heaven to be with his savior, Jesus Christ.
Jim was diagnosed with lung cancer two years and five months ago. Through the grace of God, the love and tender care of his wife of 34 years, Marcia McCabe, and the constant vigilance of the entire staff of both the Strecker Cancer Center, and Marietta Memorial Hospital, with whom our deepest appreciation lies, Jim was able to live, laugh, and love longer than anyone ever thought possible. We would like to say a special word of thanks to Dr. Kelli Cawley, whose wisdom and care were unparalleled; we believe she is our special angel. Thank you, Dr. Cawley.
Jim knew that every day was a gift, and even though he was sick, he never complained. He made the most out of what he had. Jim proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. He was employed by Eramet, where he worked as a furnace operator, as well as an employee assistance representative, until he became too ill to work. He spent his last days trying to be comfortable, visiting with family and friends, and assuring all of us that he was going to be just fine. Always true to his word, we know he is resting in the arms of the angels and that he is just fine. Jim enjoyed riding his motorcycle, eating ice cream, playing with his Australian Shepherd, McCabe’s Molly Dollar, tinkering with anything mechanical, his grandson Colten, Notre Dame football, hard work and being married to Marcia.
Jim is survived by his wife, Marcia Bailey McCabe; his mother, Ruth; brother, Tom, and niece, Amanda, of Belpre; brother, Jack, and wife, Carol, of Texas; son, John, fianceé, Christina, and grandson, Colten, of Delaware, Ohio; son, Mark, of Marietta; in-laws, George and Joann Roberts, of Alliance; and many, many other relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers, bikers and church parishioners.
Jim always took it one day at a time.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church, by the Rev. Monsignor John Michael Campbell. The family will greet friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home. There will be a vigil service at 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in New St. Mary’s Cemetery, in Marietta, with full military honors.
The family asks that donations go toward the St. Mary’s Parish Restoration Campaign, 506 Fourth St., Marietta, Ohio 45750.
I’m typing on an express computer at the Whitehall branch of the Columbus library. I made a pit stop out here yesterday evening en route to another errand further out east. On my way home, I opened my knapsack so I could take out my diary and pen to write on the bus. No diary. This morning, I got a call from this library and they informed me they had it in lost-and-found. So, with Susie in tow, here I am out on the east side retrieving this future literary treasure.