Russo, Frank

Happy to Have Been a “Friend of Bill” Cavala

By Frank D. Russo

My friend Bill Cavala has died. Sunday morning, I received a phone call and was stunned. When I got over the initial shock, I asked the caller who should write an article and he said “Frank, you should.” 

This is a daunting task—how do you encapsulate the rich life of a real character, an active doer of politics who made a difference in the outcomes of so many campaigns and who at the same time was a sagacious observer of the human condition?    Doctor Cavala was a professional, an academic, analytical and scientific in his advice, and yet an emotional and passionate politico. Someone who enjoyed skewering his political opponents and yet had a soft spot for their frailties.  And who made so many of his barbed points with humor.