Waterford - Edward W. Cavanaugh, 88, of Waterford, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.
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He was born in New London, on April 24, 1924, the son of Edward H. and Theresa (Donahue) Cavanaugh. Edward attended New London public schools and attended Chapman Technical High School, leaving at the end of his third year to enter the U.S Army. He was sent to lceland in July of 1943 to join his outfit, the first 115th Field Artillery Battalion which was stationed in Iceland eleven months before his arrival. After training in Wales and England, the 115th embarked to France fighting in four major campaigns: Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and central Europe, earning bronze battle stars on their ETO Ribbon as well as other decorations.
After the war, Edward finished his education at Admiral Billard Academy in New London. He was employed at the Submarine Base for 27 years as a civil service employee, retiring as a mechanical systems inspector. While employed, he was instrumental in helping to organize the National Association of Government Employees which is the union that represents the civilian employees on base. The last five years of his employment, he was the president of the local union.
After retiring from the base, he went to work full time with the national union as a national representative traveling around the country. After retirement, Edward enjoyed playing golf, and was a member at the former New London Country Club and traveled to other golfing events with his friends. He was also a member of the Waterford VFW Post 6573 and the American Legion Post 200 in Rocky Hill.
He had two daughters from his first marriage, Karen J. Kokoska and her husband, Tom, of Waterford, and Donna Alqueza of Niantic. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Kristine Gravell of Waterford, Jeannine Zenobi and her husband, Brian, of East Hartford, and Douglas J. Alqueza of Niantic.
Edward remarried in 1973 to Louise C. (Pope) Moran of Waterford, who has a daughter from her first marriage, Ellen Moran Lee, who also resides in Waterford.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at St. Joseph's Church. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, at Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London.
Kindly omit flowers, donations in Edward's memory may be directed to St. Joseph's School or to St. Joseph's Church, 17 Squire St., New London, CT 06320.
Please visit www.byles.com for directions, to sign the guestbook or to share a memory.
Published in The Day on Mar. 31, 2013