Friends and colleagues say farewell to Sen. John Cade

November 19, 1996|By C. Fraser Smith | C. Fraser Smith,SUN STAFF

State Sen. John A. Cade was remembered yesterday as a man who protected the public purse without turning his back on the oppressed and the homeless.

As many as 500 mourners -- family and friends, governors and Cabinet secretaries, legislators and lobbyists -- filled the pews, the aisles and the choir loft of Holy Trinity Church in Glen Burnie.

The 67-year-old six-term Republican from Severna Park died Thursday of an apparent heart attack while attending a meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Commission in Ocean City.

Mr. Cade was hailed yesterday as one of the most powerful of state lawmakers, a man whose intellect, honesty and capacity for work made him a leader for members of both parties.

"You could relax a little when he was there," said Baltimore Democratic Del. Howard P. Rawlings, "because you knew Jack would come to the rescue." If you hadn't read the bill, Mr. Rawlings said, you knew Mr. Cade had -- and after years in the Assembly, he knew exactly how it fit or failed to fit into the tapestry of policy and law.

Gruff and demanding, he was nevertheless a representative of the less fortunate.

"He really cared about people who couldn't care for themselves," said Richard J. Dowling of the Maryland Catholic Conference. "He thought people had to take responsibility for their lives, but he realized that a good many people can't and the government ought to be there for them, and he was there for them."

In his eulogy, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a Prince George's Democrat, remembered Cade as a man who could bring diverging regions and philosophies onto common ground, a man whose fashion sense was as shaky as his grasp of parliamentary procedure was secure -- and a man whose uncompromising criticisms made his smile broader and more meaningful.

The Rev. Eugene Nickol, pastor of Holy Trinity, said the Scriptures offered an apt question from the prophet Isaiah: "Where are those officials who terrorized us and forced us to pay such high taxes?" In one way or another, Mr. Cade asked that question repeatedly in Annapolis for a generation.

Many of those he worked with over the years listened as retired Baltimore Archbishop William D. Borders presided over the conclusion of the funeral Mass. Pallbearers included Mr. Cade's close friend, former legislator and Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall; former state Sen. Francis X. Kelly; and current Anne Arundel Executive John G. Gary.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening was joined near the front of the church by former Govs. William Donald Schaefer and Harry Hughes. Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. sat with them, as did Rep. Constance A. Morella, a Montgomery Republican, and former Republican Reps. Marjorie S. Holt and Helen Delich Bentley.

Burial was private.

Pub Date: 11/19/96

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