Thomas Cashman

Posted On March 19th, 2011 -

Thomas Cashman
Aged 73, died February 24, 2011 at his home in Pupukea. Tom was best known on the North Shore for the wooden sailboats which were often admired when he launched them at Haleiwa Harbor. Tom, whose career was in medicine, started building the classic boats upon retirement. He was also a frequent surfer at Haleiwa an could be spotted in the lineup wearing a distinctive red helmet and riding his 11 foot longboard. Cashman founded and directed the Healthing Center at Straub Clinic from 1978 to 1988. In addition to his private practice career in pediatrics and preventive medicine, Colonel Cashman served for 23 years in the army, arriving in Hawaii in 1965 to serve on the pediatric staff at Tripler Army Hospital. Later as Director of Occupational Health at the 7th Medical Command in Europe, he led a 1991 medical assistance mission to Zimbabwe. Upon return to Hawaii, ol. Cashman traveled to Mongolia on four medical assistance visits. He was also active in military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance in the 1993 Kwajalein refugee operation, the 1998 Sissano Lagoon Tsunami and the Western Samoa earthquake management response. Dr. Cashman was proud of the fact that he “went to peace” over 15 times
during his army career. Upon retiring from the army, Cashman was the chief of the Hepatitis Control Section in the Epidemiology Branch of the Hawaii Department of Health. He was associated with the University of
Hawaii School of Medicine as an assistant professor of pediatrics and pharmacology from 1969 to 1985 and later as an adjunct professor of Health Sciences at the University of Hawaii School of Public Health form 1993 to 2001. Dr. Cashman is survived by his wife Sandra, children Eileen Cashman, Alicia Esche, Thomas Cashman III, Kathleen Cashman, Pearse Cashman and Amy Shaw, in addition to seven grandchildren and a great granddaughter. He will be remembered by his family as the teller of great stories, a builder of wooden boats and Commodore Crunchy of the Pirates Club. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter and Paul’s Church at Waimea on Friday, March 25th .


- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran