William Edward Cadjew “Billy”
Billy Cadjew, 78, of Truckee, CA, passed away peacefully at his home in Sparks, NV, on November 28, 2018 after a long, well fought battle with heart and lung issues. He fought death like he lived his life with great strength, tenacity and pride.
Billy was raised on High Street by his grandmother Cesira Costa along side his younger brother Frank Cadjew “Bucky”. At a very early age he figured out how to thrive and survive in 1940’s Truckee. He always held his head up, and always strived to be the best at whatever challenged him. At age 17 he enlisted in the Navy, and set out to see the world, and very proudly became a Gunner’s Mate on the USS Providence, in his spare time he joined the boxing team and fought his way to become the golden gloves champion on the ship. Upon coming home from his service he dabbled in many fields but soon realized his passion was in the beauty and cosmetology field. In which he had great success owning the Hair Co., the Barber Shop in downtown Truckee and a salon and spa in the MGM Grand along side his wife Suzie for many years.
He was incredibly intelligent and always looking to learn, he attended real estate school, aviation training, Beauty College and took various courses at Sierra College in between. He was an avid and talented motocross racer, loved and played all sports, and an extremely talented skier. He loved being outdoors chopping wood, remodeling his house, riding his Harley, and working out.
Billy is survived by his brother Frank “Bucky” Cadjew, his sister-in-law Julie Uhalde-Cadjew, their god daughter Clarita who was like a daughter to him, his son Edward Chill, his daughter Lori Cadjew-Ballinger and his many grand and great grandkids all of whom he loved very much, and took pleasure in watching them grow up and being their Pop Billy.
My Dad was the strongest, proudest and toughest person I have ever met. He was never taken down by the many challenges he faced and could withstand any adverse or rough conditions with great determination, and courage. He never gave up! He will be missed and remembered everyday.