Aldis “Al” Bernard Cauley, 77, passed away peacefully on July 19, 2021. Born July 28, 1943, in Holyoke, MA to the late Emmett and Mary (Blaisdell) Cauley. He was a lifelong resident of Holyoke, where he attended and graduated from St. Jerome’s High School. After high school, Al served four years in the United States Navy and was stationed on the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. WASP. During his time on the WASP, the crew was responsible for the deep sea capsule recovery of the Gemini IV. Upon leaving the Navy, Al attended American International College, where he earned degrees in Political Science and History, as well as a master’s degree and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration. He began his teaching career in South Hadley and after four years became principal there. In 1990, he became principal at East Street School in Ludlow where he stayed until his retirement. In Ludlow, faculty and staff described him as a “champion for all children, and a visionary educational leader.” Throughout his life, Al was very active as he spent his time skiing, bicycling, kayaking, swimming and spending his summers at Cape Cod with his family. He also enjoyed traveling, reading and drawing/painting. Al is survived by his wife of 53 years, Celia (Zatoon) Cauley, his two sons, Brian Cauley and his wife, Erin, of West Springfield, Scott Cauley and his wife Lauren, of Danvers, MA, as well as his four grandchildren, Nora, Brenna, Abby, and Ethan. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 23rd at 11 am in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 22nd from 4 to 7 pm, and on Friday morning from 10 to 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104; or Massachusetts General Hospital: Bone Marrow Transplant Program, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.
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