Cindy Elizabeth Cassidy was born to John Dallas Black Jr. and Dorthy Luise Hofmann Black on
December 1, 1958, in Daytona Beach, Florida, the third of 4 children.
Cindy was raised in Holly Hill, Florida where she enjoyed growing up always playing outside with her siblings and neighborhood friends some of which she was still in contact. She would often reminisce with great fondness of the good memories she made growing up in a simpler time in Florida where she learned to appreciate the closeness of family and the love shared rather than material items. The home in which she grew up is still to this day, the center point for the family over multiple generations.
Cindy had a love for sports from an early age and would tell stories of playing baseball with the
neighborhood kids and how she couldn’t play on an organized team at the time as there were no girls teams or softball at the time. She would always say it didn’t bother her who she was playing with, as long as she was able to compete on the same field. Her memories of those times and the tenacity she had to compete would help shape her for years to come.
She attended Elementary and Middle School in Holly Hill and then High School at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach where she was a very proud Buccaneer. She was a member of several student organizations and was able to show her athletic abilities on the tennis and basketball teams while always projecting her strong school spirit throughout her studies as a member of the class of 1976.
After graduation, while working at Sears in Daytona Beach, Cindy would meet the man she would call her husband for over 45 years, Robert (Bob) Lee Cassidy. After a short courtship, on May 14, 1977 the two were married in a small ceremony with the reception, of course, being held at the family home in Holly Hill.
During the early years of their marriage, Cindy and Bob enjoyed working together as SCCA officials for the Central Florida Region and continuing her love for sports by playing on recreational softball teams of which some were coached by Bob. They enjoyed spending time with their friends in Leesburg and traveling to see family from Florida all the way to Vermont.
Cindy would firmly claim her proudest moments in her life revolved around her family she shared with Bob. Their family started with the birth of their first child Christopher Michael Cassidy in Leesburg, Florida on February 10, 1982, followed a little over two years later with the birth of their youngest, Sean William Cassidy in Daytona Beach, Florida on July 25, 1984.
She was grateful for her ability to be a stay-at-home mother for her boys and raise them through
adolescents. She cherished the ability to always be their supporter in every activity they pursued.
Countless hours driving to Scouting events, band concerts, sporting events and a slew of others were all spent without a single complaint.
Cindy took great pleasure in celebrating the successes of her family. She was so proud to watch her sons grow into young men and accomplish the goals they set for themselves including both graduating from college and embarking on successful careers in their respective fields and marrying to add two daughters in laws to the family with Katherine (Sean) and Krista (Chris) which brought great excitement and love to her heart.
Through the years, Cindy embarked on several what she would call “adventures” including living across the southeast in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, traveling to London, England, taking Caribbean and Alaskan cruises with family and friends and so much more. She loved to learn about the places she had been and would immerse herself in those places to fully enjoy the experience along the way.
Cindy’s greatest adventure she would tell you hands down would be her becoming known as Nana to her grandchildren and fur-grandbabies. Her face would light up at the sound of the loud yells of a child “Nana’s here!” and always be welcomed with a wide hug. She loved playing, reading with, and spoiling her three grandchildren. She would make the drive to sporting events and school programs at any moment to be there for support with perfect attendance. Her grandchildren all loved and adored her with all their hearts. Her love and affection were also spread across her three fur-grandbabies which always knew Nana would always snuggle and pet.
Cindy maintained a level of love and thoughtfulness through her life that was beyond comprehension.
Her ability to surprise someone with a gift or gesture that was remembered from being passingly
mentioned in a conversation was unrivaled. She was able to make people feel loved and appreciated through taking the time to care for them when they ailed, give them the supportive pep-talk they needed or lending a hand at a time of need. She made sure to let her family and friends know that she was always devoted to them, and they were loved with all her heart.
On December 16, 2022, Cindy Elizabeth Cassidy passed away peacefully at the age of 64 with her loving, supportive husband of 45 years Bob by her side.
She is preceded in death by her father and mother John and Dorthy Black. Cindy is survived by her husband Bob; her eldest son Chris and his wife Krista and fur-babies Winston and Bernie; her youngest son Sean and his wife Katherine and their three children and fur-baby Stella; her brother Bruce Black, elder sister Kim (Bobby) Darden; younger sister Linda (Shawn) Fairfield; sister-in-law Betsy Cassidy; multiple loving nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be missed dearly by extended family and friends.
Celebration of life will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 8, 2023 at the family home in Holly Hill, with Mark Spivey officiating.
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