John H. J.'s Story

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John H. J. Cashman, 81, passed away on March 10, 2017, in his home in Alameda, Calif.

John was born John Hosman Cashman on August 12, 1935, in Newburyport, Mass., to Beatrice Hosman and Joseph Thomas Cashman. John attended and graduated from Immaculate Conception Schools. After attending school, John worked at Anna Jacques Hospital. From 1955 to 1958 he served in the Army and was stationed in Germany as an intelligence analyst. John then moved to California, living first in San Francisco and later in Alameda.

John worked as a real estate broker until his death. He was the founder/owner of The Cashman Team, Inc., serving clients in Alameda, the East Bay and San Francisco. John was a respected force in the East Bay and the California real estate communities and served as the Regional Chair and Director of the California Association of Realtors. He was President of the Berkeley Association of Realtors in 1998. He was a former owner of Keller Williams in Berkeley. He was an honorary member for life of the California Association of Realtors. John also managed the former Prudential offices located in Kensington and Albany/Berkeley, Calif.

John actively supported many charities by raising and donating money and dedicating his time. He cycled 11 times from San Francisco to Los Angeles (545 miles) to raise funds for the SF Aids Foundation. He was a member of the SF Gay Men’s Chorus for 15 years and sang with them at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall. He served as a board member on the SFGMC, Golden Gate Performing Art’s, Inc. and was an active supporter of the Altarena Playhouse. In his spare time, John enjoyed traveling, especially to Mexico and Tahoe, biking, swimming, running, parasailing, skiing and zip lining. All who came across his path knew John for his gregarious personality, sense of humor, generosity, and kindness.

John was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary, Geraldine, Eleanor and Patricia and his brother, the Rev. Jeremiah Cashman.

John is survived by his brother, Joseph Cashman (Edith); many nieces, nephews and cousins; his favorite cousin, Ginny McDonald; and good friends, Mary Borin and Joseph Mannix.
A funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport, Mass., at 11 a.m. on May 20, 2017. Burial will take place immediately after the Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Published on  May 17, 2017
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