AGE: 48 • Tinton Falls
Patrick Cashin, 48, of Tinton Falls, NJ – husband, father, Clown, Santa, Captain Kangaroo, and all-around comedian and entertainer, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, July 24, 2016. He was married to Terry Cashin in full clown makeup and attire in Madison Square Garden before performing at the Ringling Brothers Circus, but his greatest source of accomplishment was being a terrific father to his two young sons, Shane and James.
In 2011, the Alumni Path Foundation recognized him, Cedar Ridge Class of 1985, for his legacy and recognition in Arts and Entertainment. He also graduated Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, and Ringling Brothers Clown College, Sarasota, FL. He was a stand-up comedian for several years at Rascals Comedy Club and many other events and locations, but longed to be a circus clown since he was a very young boy. He fulfilled his dream by working for Ringling Brothers as a Circus Clown, various shrine circuses, and many others – most recently as the Salaam Shriner’s Circus as the Director of Clowning.
He enjoyed playing the father in a well-respected Super Bowl Visa commercial in 2001 (the one with the multiplying bunny rabbits). He gave generously of his time to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center Pediatrics Department as a clown, as a Santa, with special needs children, and many other characters. He worked tirelessly toward improving the awareness of clown history and served as a board member and as the President of the International Clown Hall of Fame in Baraboo, WI.
The highlight of each year was being Santa at the Galleria (with his puppy Knucklehead), Red Bank, NJ. He was also an award-winning Santa in 2015 at Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ. Pat’s adventures in clowning took him to China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Spain. He also walked in many parades with his varied clown faces / costumes, and as his beloved Captain Kangaroo, many with his prized clown car, and he inspired his children to join him for many of these events. Pat also had the distinct honor of performing for the First Family at the annual White House Halloween Party.
Pat is survived by his wife, Terry, two sons, Shane and James, and his puppy, Honey Bear, Tinton Falls, NJ, his mother, Marilyn Flynn, Edison, NJ, his brother, Dennis, Edison, NJ, and two brothers and their wives, Joseph and Denise, Washington, NJ and Sean and Stacey, Edison, NJ. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Cashin. He is also survived by his in-laws, Holly and Ron Williams, Brick, NJ, and two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Debi and Dave Glenn, and Patti and Manny Bosques, all in Wilmington, NC.
Pat was in his element entertaining his five nieces and seven nephews and many other family members, including aunts, uncles and cousins, close friends, as well as friends around the world.
Pat’s contribution to the entertainment world stretched the globe, honing his natural talent and showmanship from his hometown to bringing laughter and applause worldwide.
Relatives and friends of Pat are invited to attend a Celebration of Life at Johnson McGinley Funeral Home, 2652 Highway 138, Wall, NJ on Monday August 15, 2016 between 3:00 – 6:00 PM. A service will start at 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to www.gofundme.com/patrickcashin for his children’s education. Additionally, a contribution to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey, or the International Clown Hall of Fame, Baraboo, WI, would be greatly appreciated.