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William Cavanaugh


1934 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
William Cavanaugh Obituary
January 18, 1934 - December 22, 2016 William "Bill" Cavanaugh of Southern California passed away on December 22, 2016 in Riverside, California at the age of 82, surrounded by his family. Bill was born on January 18, 1934 to the late William and Marie (Gerrior) Cavanaugh of Waltham, MA. Bill is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol (Lockridge) Cavanaugh, and his children, Cynthia Johnson and husband Carl, William "Ty" Cavanaugh, and wife Stephanie, Terri Ann Minichiello, Shawn Cavanaugh and wife Maria and Christopher Cavanaugh and wife Sarah. He was the devoted grandfather to Shane, Joseph, Dylan, Brady, Landen, Ricky, William, and Caroline. He is preceded in death by his younger sister Jeanne Burke. Bill will also be greatly missed by his niece, Jennifer Hennessey and husband Tim, and nephew, Jeffrey Burke and wife Bianca, and his six grandnieces. Bill lived an accomplished life full of positivity and love, and saw the beauty and good in all things and in all people. He spent his first 17 years living in Waltham, MA before enlisting in the Army at the age of 18, serving stateside as a Medic. He moved to California in his early 20's raising his children in towns and cities spanning San Mateo County to San Diego County. Bill attended Loyola Marymount University, working towards his degree in clinical psychology, and was employed with various corporations including Rand, System Development Corp., Xerox Gill Cable, and his favorite job as CEO of Fairchild Aircraft in San Antonio, TX. Bill enjoyed spending time with family-coaching his sons' baseball teams, exploring the country on adventure filled road trips, socializing with friends, and combing garage sales for "treasures" to add to his collections. In his retirement, Bill could be seen cheering on his grandchildren at ballgames, taking weekly trips to the library, researching family history and genealogy, watching sports and keeping up with world news, while continually offering advice and guidance to anyone who sought it. Bill was the true definition of a patriarch. He was a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, leader, mentor, and friend, who was adored by many and whose presence will be forever missed. A service honoring and celebrating Bill's life will be held on January 20, 2017 at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Corona, CA at 12:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations in Bill's name be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 15, 2017
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