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Harold C. Cavanaugh, age 73, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on April 12, 1940, Harold was the son of the late Edward J. Cavanaugh and Elizabeth I. Fetterman Cavanaugh.
He honorably served as a reservist in the US Marine Corp for 8 years. Harold made his career with the Diamond State Telephone Company from 1966 until his retirement in 1991 and was a pioneer in the start of fiber optic technology there. Additionally, he was instrumental in the founding and success of D.M.S. Stucco Company, where he worked side by side with his sons.
He was very involved with the various local youth sports organizations his sons participated in and dedicated his time and talents to many throughout the years. He served as a past president of the Newark American Little League, as the equipment director for Babe Ruth Baseball League, and was an active supporter of the Newark High School Football Boosters. Harold also held various positions for the V.F.W. Football Team and Capitol Trail Junior Football League. In his leisure time, he loved fishing, hunting, and woodworking.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Connie J. Seletos Cavanaugh; sons, Darren M. Cavanaugh and wife, Kimberlee of Newark, Mark J. Cavanaugh and wife, Lauri of Bear, and Sean P. Cavanaugh and wife, Stephanie of Glasgow; brother, Carl Cavanaugh and wife, Suzanne of Newark; sister, Cheryl Thornton and husband, Larry of Smyrna; 7 grandchildren, Shane, Cailin, Ashleigh, Brandilyn, Justin, Sarah, and Seth; and a great grandchild, who is expected in April.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at The Chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where friends may call from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in the adjoining memorial park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), 455 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, DE 19713.
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Published in The News Journal from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2013