On February 11, 2021, we lost our amazing son, brother, uncle and friend. Kim “Kimmy”Edward Kahila, age 70, of East Falmouth, second generation American of Finnish Heritage, passed away after a brief illness at Falmouth Hospital with family by his side. Born in St. Louis, MO on February 9, 1951, Kim grew up in Walpole, MA and moved to East Falmouth, MA in 1973. Kim was the son of the late Kauko E. Kahila and Frances A. (Albertin) Kahila.
Kimmy attended the Nauset Workshop which later became Cape Abilities, Inc. in Hyannis, MA for over 40 years. He truly loved being a part of this amazing organization where he made lifelong friends, both with other clients and staff. Anyone who knew Kimmy, knew his life revolved around his family, his love of food, and especially his love of having, playing and holding any kind of ball, especially basketballs. Kim did not go anywhere without having all his pockets filled with balls. Kim loved his family unconditionally. He loved his housemates and staff at Captain Lothrup House in South Yarmouth, MA. Kim was the purist, kindest, most unconditionally loving and caring person there ever was. Kim taught us all what life should be like through his eyes. He loved spending time with everyone. His niece Molly would take him swimming in the pond, play games and going on walks, which he loved. Kim’s favorite timeS were Holidays, Birthdays, and family gatherings. He believed in Santa Clause and the Easter bunny. In this time of the horrible virus, COVID-19, for Kim and his family, it has been a blessing that they were able to spend the best quality time of their lives together.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Nancy (Kahila) Moran.
Kim was the beloved step-son of Mary (Healy) Kahila of East Falmouth, adoring brother to Kauko “Kris” Kahila, Jr of NC, loving Step-brother to Frances Bassett of East Falmouth, Jean (Bassett) Duff-Still of Hatchville, Amy (Bassett) and husband Ronald Way of Pocasset, and his brother-in-law Jonathan Duff-Still of Mashpee. Additionally, Kim was the Uncle to “His Person” Molly Duff-Still of Hatchville and to his other nieces and nephews, Tobias Way, Carina Way, Elias Way, Makenna Way, all of Pocasset; Shana Kahila of OH, Clifton Kahila of VA, Joseph Kahila and wife Elena Theresa of VA and Jeffrey Moran of Walpole, MA in addition to his great nephews and great niece.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, February 18, from 4-6 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Hwy. (Rt. 28A) West Falmouth. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 167 East Falmouth Hwy, East Falmouth on Friday,
February 19 at 10AM. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Gifford St. Falmouth.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to CapeAbilities, 895 Mary Dunn Rd. Hyannis, MA 02601.