Julie Cawley

Julie P. Cawley

March 17, 1941 - June 5, 2020
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CAMDEN, MAINE – Julie P. Cawley, 79, beloved wife of the late Charles M. Cawley, and resident of Vero Beach, FL died peacefully, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware, surrounded with love by her family.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, March 17, 1941, she was the daughter of Dr. Hugh L. and Helen (Dowling) Murphy. Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross in Washington, DC and later a Master’s Degree from Towson University.

With a tender heart for children and those in need, Julie’s career included many years as a Special Education Teacher in Towson, Maryland. Together with her husband, she was a passionate advocate for the young and disadvantaged through their support of many educational scholarship programs. She also opened her heart in friendship and mentored many with whom she forged enduring relationships.

Regardless of the community in which she was residing, Julie was always an active member and supporter of her local Catholic Parish. She was a long time member of Holy Cross Church in Vero Beach, FL, St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine in Wilmington, DE, and Our Lady of Good Hope in Camden, ME. Her support of the Ministry of Caring in Wilmington, DE, Homes for Life, Habitat for Humanity and St. Benedicts Prep School in Newark, NJ, helped to spread her loving generosity.

Julie had a passion for new experiences and travel. She set off with family and friends on countless adventures, and was able to utilize her love of photography to capture the beauty around her. Her love of the arts extended well beyond photography. She was an enthusiastic benefactor of the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Maine Media Workshop, where she also enjoyed her time as a student and made lasting friendships.

Her generosity and kind spirit were evident through her support and participation in the founding of the Helen F Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute at ChristianaCare Hospital, named for her lifelong friend.. She also touched the lives of those in all of her communities with her contributions to the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, FL, Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, ME, and many others.

Her graceful strength, enduring love, easy sense of humor, and quiet kindness will be missed by all who knew her. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Charles M. Cawley in 2015, her two brothers, Frank and Peter Murphy, her brothers-in-law Joseph Gatti and Cliff Abel, and sister-in-law Gael Murphy; Julie is survived by her children, Charles M. ‘Michael’ Cawley and his wife, Carol, of Atlanta, GA, Maureen Cawley Rhodes and her husband, Michael, of Wilmington, DE; her grandchildren, Julia Rhodes, Thomas ‘Tommy’ Rhodes, Charles ‘Charlie’ Cawley, IV, and Emma Cawley; her siblings, Mary Jo Gatti of Bonita Springs, FL, Gertrude Abel of Wilmington, DE, Hugh Murphy and his wife, Elizabeth, of Glen Mills, PA, Barbara Kurz, many beloved nieces and nephews and more friends than can be counted, including her close friends Michael Bratus, Michael and Toni Nash and their children Hannah, Elle and Sam.

Julie’s family will remember her life privately, and she will be laid to rest beside her husband at Sea View Cemetery, Rockport, ME. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to The Ministry of Caring, 115 East 14th Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801; or online at The Ministry of Caring Inc.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland, Maine.
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    Sea View Cemetery - Rockport
    Bayview / Chestnut St.
    Camden, ME 04856
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Dione Hutchinson

Posted at 10:24am
Thanks for the memories to a very special lady. My deepest sincere condolences.
Dione Hutchinson

Craig Lewis

Posted at 08:56pm
I just learned of Julie’s passing today. 18 years ago Charlie and Julie sent along a beautiful set of pens for Josh which I just presented him for his graduation from high school. Of course, he knows all about the Cawleys and MBNA. I took a photo of Josh which I planned on sending to Julie along with a thank you note from Josh. Julie and Charlie would be glad to know that Josh was quite moved by the very warm and caring note included with the gift. They would also appreciate that he is a kind young man and a brilliant writer so he will use the gift as it was intended. I will always be grateful to Julie and Charlie. Sincere and heartfelt condolences to Michael and Maureen and the entire family. God Bless. Craig Lewis

Sherrye E.

Posted at 12:42am
Rest in peace Mrs. Cawley. It was a pleasure to meet and greet you during my 18 years at MBNA. She was always very kind and thoughtful in our conversations. You will be missed.

Georgann Steele

Posted at 09:37pm
Mrs. Julie Cawley truly had a life well lived. No doubt she had no regrets. I was lucky to get a job at Maryland Bank in 1983. I owe everything I have today to the opportunities afforded me at MBNA. Everyone knew she was gracious and kind. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the extended Cawley family for the loss of this special lady.

Phyllis Meyer

Posted at 09:55am
Dear Maureen, Michael, and Family,
I was lucky to receive kindness and support from Julie and to enjoy her joy and laughter. We first met back at Orchid Island, but our friendship truly bloomed after I left Orchid. In recent years, Julie and I and our dear friend Judy, traveled on wonderful trips--one to Japan and one to the Loire Valley. Both will live in my memory of our great times together, especially with the beautiful photo books Julie made for us.
You were lucky to have such a mother and grandmother who was loved by all. Like you, I will miss her terribly.
Phyllis Meyer

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