Deborah Jean Cahill, 71, of Miami Beach, FL passed away Wednesday, November 18. She was born June 10, 1949 in Miami to Mary Elizabeth Grant and Richard Vincent Cahill. Deborah is survived by her loving children, William Richard Cahill, Chloe Elizabeth Cahill, and Grant Alexander Cahill and the true loves of her life, her young grandchildren, Reid, Owen, and Declan. Deborah was an amazing mother, leader, and thinker whose many accomplishments and joie de vivre was an inspiration to all those around her.
As the daughter of the Miami Beach’s Chief of Ocean Rescue, Deborah grew up a natural aquaphile, later instilling that love in her three children and three grandchildren. Throughout her vibrant life, Deborah was a trailblazer who tackled challenges with poise, resourcefulness, and tenacity. As a senior labor negotiator for the Department of Treasury, she developed the flexible work schedule now available across the Federal agencies to help new mothers achieve a viable work-life balance. Raising her three children alone, while managing hundreds of employees, she still made countless civic contributions to the community. Deborah’s happiest places were traveling the world with her children and sharing her love of the water, art, and storytelling with her grandchildren. Her mentorship, character, and boundless love have influenced generations of friends and family that will carry on as her legacy.