ERVING - Edward G. ""Pete"" Kavanaugh, 85, local civic leader, former elected official for the Town of Erving and a resident of 22 Prospect St., died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at the Buckley HealthCare Center, 95 Laurel St., Greenfield, following a period of declining health.
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He was born on Sept. 12, 1927 in the Millers Falls section of the Town of Erving, to Ethel (Dyer) and Philip Kavanaugh and was educated in Greenfield Public Schools.
As a member of the ""Greatest Generation,"" Pete answered the call to military service during WWII and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 on Jan. 5, 1945 and served honorably until his discharge on Oct. 2, 1947, attaining the rate of Motor Machinist Mate 3rd Class. He served aboard the USS Robert I. Paine (DE 578) and the USS Massey (DD 778) and received the American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal and WWII Victory Medal.
Upon his return to civilian life, Pete went to work at the Millers Falls Paper Co.
He married the love of his life, the former Marjorie A. Jones on May 8, 1947 in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, NY, and they celebrated 53½ years of marriage together prior to her passing in March of 2001.
In 1948, he accepted a position at the former Carroll's Market in Millers Falls, as a butcher and clerk, retiring in 1992, following 44 years of employment. He then stayed on part- time, after his retirement, for an additional 15 years until 2007.
Pete also delivered milk for the former Wayside & Tenney Farms part-time for many years, as well as delivering the Springfield Union (now known as the Springfield Republican) newspaper home subscriptions for many years.
Pete was active in government for the Town of Erving for 41 years, having served on numerous boards and committees (since 1957) including the Erving Parks Commission, Franklin County Solid Waste District (for Erving), Finance Committee, Cable Television Oversight Committee, Recreation Commission, Water Commissioner, Board of Assessors (9 years) and Selectman (12 years).
He was a former member of the Mahar Senators Booster Club (having worked on numerous banquets and dinners), a charter member of the Erving Lions Club, served as a judge for the annual Pinewood Derby for the Erving Cub Scout Den for many years, a member of the former VFW Club of Millers Falls, served as director of the Millers Falls Service Unit of the Salvation Army, as a volunteer benefit coordinator and holiday kettle campaign volunteer for many years, as well as having volunteered as a delivery driver for the Franklin County Home Health Care Corporation's ""Meals on Wheels"" program.
Pete was a devoted Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.
He leaves his loving children: JoAnn Young of Erving, Kelly A. Deyo and her husband Robert of Chandler, AZ, and Kathleen A. Kavanaugh of Chandler, AZ, Kenneth F. Kavanaugh of Greenfield, Philip R. Kavanaugh and his wife Kathleen of Spring Lake, NJ, and Richard W. of Erving. Additionally, Pete leaves his devoted siblings: William Kavanaugh and his wife Barbel of Florida, Katherine ""Kitty"" Waitkus of Hadley, Arlene Mitzkovitz of Whately, Elsie Nelson of Northfield and Ann Marie Newton and her husband Bill of Erving, MA. Additionally, there are eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren who adored him, as well as several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews who will miss him.
Pete was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie A. (Jones) on March 25, 2001, as well as by his brothers Francis and Philip Kavanaugh.
Funeral services in celebration of Pete's life and many gifts will be observed on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 14 Prospect St., Turners Falls, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mr. Joseph S. Bucci, deacon of St. Mary's of the Assumption Parish, Orange, to officiate the Catholic Rite of Burial Service. Rites of committal will follow in Highland Cemetery, Millers Falls, with military honors provided by a detachment from the USN in attendance, assisted by members of Hale Clapp VFW Post of South Deerfield, providing a firing detail.
Visiting hours will precede the services on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services.
Flowers are respectfully requested to be omitted with expressions of affection in the form of charitable contributions suggested to either the Erving Volunteer Fire Department, Attn.: Chief Almon Meattey, Jr., 10 East Main Street, Erving, MA 01344, or to The
, 2139 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at: www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com.
McCarthy Funeral Homes
14 Prospect Street Turners Falls, MA 01376
Published in The Recorder on Dec. 5, 2012