Gerald Joseph McCabe

  • Born: December 1, 1954
  • Died: October 5, 2016
  • Location: Boise, Idaho

Cloverdale Funeral Home, Cemetery & Cremation

1200 N Cloverdale Road
Boise, ID 83713
Tel. (208) 375-2212

Tribute & Message From The Family

Gerald "Jerry" Joseph McCabe, 61, of Boise, Idaho left this earthly realm on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016. Jerry died at home of natural causes after a gallant and courageous battle with Mesothelioma. He was surrounded and embraced by his heavenly treasures…his family and friends.

Jerry was born in Kellogg, Idaho on December 1, 1954, to Lawrence and Eleanor McCabe. Jerry's father was a full Irishman, and Jerry always took pride in his Irish-Catholic heritage. Jerry spent his youth in Spokane, Washington. His family lived in the Gonzaga University area that was fondly referred to as "the Little Vatican." Jerry attended St. Aloysius Gonzaga Elementary School and Gonzaga Preparatory School for Young Christian Gentleman. In his high school years at Gonzaga Prep, he thrived in sports and the comradery of teammates. He played football and basketball, and participated in track, running the mile and doing the high jump.

When it came time for college, Jerry chose his parents' alma mater, the University of Idaho, where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting in May of 1978. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity where he made many meaningful friendships and happy memories.

Jerry found his one true love, Julie Babin, at Idaho. Their first date was a weekend trip with friends to McCall to go skiing. He won her heart at, "Do you want to go skiing with me?" Jerry moved to Boise after graduation to be near Julie. They were married on a beautiful spring day on April 19, 1980.

Jerry's first and only professional job was with Idaho Power. He worked for Idaho Power for 38 years and was officially retired on September 30, 2016. Jerry started at Idaho Power three months after graduating from the University of Idaho.  Jerry had a very stellar career, seeing the company grow from the original building on Main Street to its current high rise building, just across the street.  When Jerry first started in Property Accounting, he was doing data entry on punch cards.  At the close of his career he was the Budget Manager in the Finance Department.  He saw Idaho Power evolve into a high tech, energy conscious company.  He was very proud of the ideals and values that Idaho Power instilled in its employees.  He valued the time spent at Idaho Power, his colleagues' professionalism and their friendships.

Jerry and Julie built their home in Southwest Boise in the summer of 1985. They built a home in this house, together, for 31 years. They moved in 13 days before the birth of their first child, Molly Marie. Four years later they welcomed their second child, Michael Lawrence.

When Molly was five months old, Jerry was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After seven months of surgery and radiation treatments, Jerry beat the disease. Molly was the joy that gave Jerry and Julie purpose and strength to get through their battle with the disease. Michael's birth was their blessing because they weren't sure they would have more children. Molly and Michael were truly miracles in their parents' eyes and hearts.

As a father, Jerry was tirelessly and lovingly devoted to his children. He never missed a significant or insignificant event in their lives, as children or adults. He coached their sport teams and was their biggest cheerleader. Molly and Michael always knew their father believed in them with all his heart. He instilled in them the value and merit of being a lady and a gentleman. As adults, he was one of their best friends, sharing in adventures and laughter, and constantly engaging in conversation. Molly always loved telling Jerry, "It's good to be your daughter." Michael and Jerry were like two peas in a pod; made from the same mold, the best of friends. Molly and Michael always felt they were blessed and had an exceptionally special relationship with their father.

Jerry and Julie both felt they had a "fairy tale" marriage. It was always easy. Many who knew them described them as soul mates. They were constant companions in their life adventures. They skied, hiked, rode bikes, kayaked, snowshoed, camped, and traveled . . . always hand in hand.

When Jerry was again diagnosed with cancer (Mesothelioma) in September 2015, they continued their walk together, hand-in-hand, one step at a time, one day at a time. Jerry and Julie traveled to Chicago eight times over four months to participate in an immunotherapy clinical trial. Ultimately, his weary, cancer-ridden body succumbed to this beast of a disease.

Jerry especially loved the Sawtooth and Pioneer Mountain ranges, the rolling hills of the Palouse, the Oregon Coast, McCall, Sun Valley, and the sanctuary of their backyard. Jerry's passions were woodworking, photography, music, outdoor activities, travel, playing cribbage, but most of all being with family and his best friends. Jerry and Julie loved going to Broadway plays, Idaho Shakespeare Festival productions, concerts, and movies…. usually accompanied by their children and/or good friends. Jerry was a man of few words. He never needed much to be happy, just his family and friends. He never needed a lot of money, just time with family and friends. His purpose in life was to take good care of his family and to be a loyal friend. He knew the language of his soul and his role in this universe. He was a man of courage, dignity, and integrity. Jerry was a stoic gentleman of the highest regard, respected by all who met him.

Jerry is survived by his one true love, Julie, and his beloved children, Molly Marie McCabe and her fiancé Timothy O'Donnell, and Michael Lawrence McCabe and his girlfriend Jennifer Benavente. He is also survived by his brother, Timothy McCabe, and his family; mother-in-law, Doris Babin; brother-in-law, Gale Babin; and nephew, Lucas Babin and his wife Christina and their children Eliza and Anderson. Their dog Trooper will continue to protect and entertain his family. He is also survived by many dear, cherished friends, neighbors, and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Michael McCabe and Eleanor Stelma McCabe.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Risen Christ Catholic Community, 11511 Lake Hazel Road, Boise, ID, on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Monsignor Joseph da Silva will preside.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, charitable donations be made in Jerry's honor to the American Cancer Society.

It truly takes a village. We offer a heartfelt thank you to our beloved family and friends, and to the staff of Mountain States Tumor Institute. We would especially like to thank Dr. Benjamin Bridges, Delissa Rapp, and Andrea Ray; earthly angels who helped guide us through the cancer maze, more than once. You will never be forgotten and we will be eternally grateful for your time, care, compassion and professionalism.

To Jerry from Julie: May your new, loving and grace-filled wings take you to enchanting and magical new places. Fly like the wind! I will look for you in the starry skies. I will feel you in a gentle touch on my back, nudging me forward, and in the soft rustle of your wings. I will look for you in my dreams. I will love you and miss you every day of my life.