BRIDGEWATER - Daniel J. Cavanagh, 85, formerly of North Attleboro, Mass., died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at his home after a period of declining health.
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He was born in North Attleboro, Mass., the son of James and Marguerite (Dexter) Cavanagh. He graduated from North Attleboro High School in 1944. Following graduation he entered the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge he enrolled in Bryant College, graduating in 1950.
Daniel started his business career at Mason Box Co. and later purchased FH Buffington Co in Providence, R.I. He enjoyed a successful career until his retirement in 1993.
He was active with church, civic and professional activities, including membership in the National Box Association, and was a board member of the Carton Association.
As a member of the JC's in North Attleboro, he was responsible for bringing plays and concerts to the area. He was a 67-year member of the Knights of Columbus in North Attleboro and later in Bristol.
Gardening was Daniel's passion. He was especially proud of his blueberry bushes in New Hampshire and enjoyed sharing with friends and neighbors. He also enjoyed following the stock market. He was proud of his classmates from North Attleboro High School and worked diligently to organize their class reunions every five years.
He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Jean A. (Eccles) Cavanagh in 2001 and a brother, John Cavanagh.
Family members include a son, Thomas Cavanagh of Rehoboth, Mass.; three daughters, Brenda Brunelli of Auburn, Patricia Micheli of North Attleboro, Mass.; and Tracey Magill of North Attleboro, Mass.; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Cavanagh of North Attleboro, Mass., and Margaret Tatro of Sarasota, Fla.; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
SERVICES: Calling hours will be Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 South Main St., Bristol, and Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Sperry-McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove St., North Attleboro, Mass. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, North Attleboro, Mass. Burial with military Honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus #7073, c/o Tom Babcock, 65 Summer St., Bristol 03222.
Emmons Funeral Home
115 South Main Street Bristol, NH 03222
Published in Union Leader on Sept. 11, 2012