Brother Bob Caid, '51, enters Chapter Eternal

Brother Bob Caid, Beta Phi '51, who won a Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters while flying for the Army Air Corps during World War II, entered the Chapter Eternal on July 10, six days after his 92nd birthday. The Tucson businessman died of cancer.

Brother Caid was a Tucson High School graduate who left the University of Arizona to join the Air Corps in 1941. He was deployed to the European Theater, where he flew 114 missions over North Africa, Malta and Sicily. He left the Air Corps with a rank of captain in 1945 and returned to the university to complete his degree in mechanical engineering.

He joined T.A. Caid and Sons, a sheet metal business started by his father in 1947. Brother Caid became president of the company in 1974 and expanded to light steel and fabrication services for the mining industry. It had 250 employees and sales ranging up to $50 million worldwide.

Brother Caid retired in 1983 and he and his wife, Callie, logged more than 250,000 miles in their fifth wheel, traveling throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico.

In addition to his wife, he leaves a son, William, and three step-daughters.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at Northwest Community Church, 505 W. Hardy Road,Tucson. 

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Posted 8-4-2013