Stephen J. Cady

STANDISH – Stephen J. Cady, 64, died on April 10, 2021. He was born in Portland on June 13, 1956, the son of Joseph and Mary (Ballard) Cady. Stephen was raised in Cape Elizabeth, and attended Cape Elizabeth schools, graduating from Cape Elizabeth High School in 1974.

At the age of 17, his parents moved to Chicago, Ill. and Stephen followed them. Soon after, he attended college at William Harper, where he studied horticulture.

Eventually, growing tired of the Midwest and missing his family and friends in Maine, Stephen left Chicago and returned to Maine to attend the University of Southern Maine at Portland, where he studied business administration. Before completing his degree, he was offered a job at a company recently founded by his soon-to-be brother-in-law. He decided to leave school and begin what would be an 18-year career with Tri-State Packing while raising his first two daughters, with his then-wife and high school sweetheart, Nancy (Finley) Cady. Always a sports enthusiast, one of his greatest joys in life was the time he spent coaching Jess and Alicia’s softball team. He always thought he missed his true calling: becoming a sportscaster.

In 1995, Stephen and Nancy parted ways, and Stephen moved to Peaks Island, where he met his second wife, Lisa Bean. Lisa was already the mother to three young children at the time, and Stephen wholeheartedly assumed the role of stepfather. Soon after meeting, Stephen and Lisa had two more children: Tori and Joe Cady. In 2000, Stephen moved his family to Saint Augustine Beach, Fla. to be closer to his mom and support her through the loss of his sister. In 2002, Stephen and Lisa decided to return to Maine to raise their family with Stephen’s mother, five children, five cats, one dog, and one loud-mouthed macaw in tow. While Stephen and Lisa eventually parted ways, Stephen always looked back on that time in his life fondly.

He spent his later years raising Tori and Joe. Whether it was sharing his love for the Boston Red Sox, watching the Marx Brothers, or blasting music for his neighbors to hear, he loved sharing his life with the two of them. He was admired by friends and family for his sense of humor and ability to connect with people.

While Stephen’s true passion in life was his family, he worked many jobs over the years. His list of work-related accomplishments is long, but one of his proudest moments was the work he did for Bath Iron Works in the early 1990s in order to get the Arleigh Burke to sea.

Stephen was predeceased in 1999 by his sister, Susan R. Cady. He is survived by his four children, Victoria B. Cady of Boston, Joseph B. Cady of Buxton, Alicia Malette of North Yarmouth, Jessica Cady-Giguere of Portland; and his frustrating, but beloved dog, Fido. He also leaves behind his sisters, Linda L. Cady and Katherine M. Cady; his four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours celebrating Stephen’s life will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland, immediately followed by a 12 p.m. graveside service and burial at Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. Following state mandates, masks are required at all services. To view Stephen’s memorial page, or share an online condolence, please visit

Those who wish may make contributions in Stephen’s memory to:

The Jimmy Fund,

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