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Carol Cassidy

September 20, 1944 November 27, 2016
Carol Cassidy
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Carol AnnCassidy, 72, of Providence, passed away peacefully at Tockwotton on the Waterfront Nursing Home in Riverside, Rhode Island, on November 27, 2016, after a lengthy battle with corticobasel degeneration. She was the widow of Charles (“Chuck”) Burton Freeman of Providence and the daughter of the late Luke Joseph and Kathleen (Shannon) Cassidy, of Cranston. Carol was born on September 20, 1944 in Providence. She graduated from Cranston High School, in 1962 and in 1966 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Rhode Island College. Her love of languages and her desire to travel led her to join TWA as a flight attendant after graduation. Carol was at various times based at JFK, San Francisco and Boston Logan airports. Among her favorite destinations were Rome, Paris, Munich, Cairo and Tel Aviv. Carol received many awards and commendations for her service, including for helping transport U.S. Air Force personnel as part of the Military Air Transport Service (MATS). On March 7, 1986, Carol joined the ranks of thousands of TWA flight attendants on strike and on picket lines around the country, in a fierce battle with TWA’s new owner, Carl Icahn. During her hiatus from the airline, she served as Assistant Campaign Manager for former MA Governor Endicott Peabody’s 1986 U.S. Senate campaign and as a Program Director for Citizens for Tax Justice in Washington D.C. When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 22, 1988 that TWA strikers had to be offered reemployment, Carol returned to TWA. On December 10, 2000, as TWA was being acquired by American Airlines, Carol retired. She later worked part time as a Program Administrator for the Center for Management Research in Cambridge, MA.

Carol was a warm, caring and beautiful woman who enjoyed cooking, decorating, traveling and entertaining. She was devoted to her beloved husband, Chuck, and to her three nieces, Anne, Katherine and Margaret Schreck. Carol is survived by her sister Nancy Cassidy and her brother-in-law Jeffrey Schreck of Providence, by her nieces, by her brother-in-law William Freeman and his wife Dorothy of Omaha, NE, by her sister-in law Norma (Freeman) Johnson of Indianapolis, IN, by her sister-in-law Marilyn (Freeman) Green and her husband Chuck of St. Paul, MN, by her brother-in-law Robert Freeman of West Hartford, CT, and by many Freeman nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews whom she loved dearly. Carol had a wide circle of friends whom she cherished and who cherished her in return. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Carol will be private, but a Memorial ("Month's Mind") Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 2nd at St. Joseph's Church, 92 Hope Street, Providence. Donations in Carol's memory may be made in support of the TWA Museum and Flight 800 Memorial through Silver Wings International, Inc., 65 West 96th Street, #16G, NY, NY 10026; to St. Joseph Legacy and Permanent Endowment Fund, 92 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906; or to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 N. Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.

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