Cavanaugh, John A.

John A. Cavanaugh, a Retired Fire Captain in the Worcester Fire Dept., died peacefully at home Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 surrounded by his loving family. He was 87 years young.

He leaves his wife of 61 years, Agnes A. (Beringer) Cavanaugh; two sons, Stephen M. of Auburn and John A., Jr. and his wife Suzanne of Worcester; two daughters, Eileen C. and her husband Dr. R. Bruce Metz of Williston, Vt. and Jo-Anne E. and her husband Joseph R. Evangelista of West Boylston; seven grandchildren, J. Cameron and Lauren A. Metz of Williston, Vt., Andrew J., Michael J., Peter T. and Julianne M. Cavanaugh, all of Worcester, and Ross Lavallee of West Boylston.

John was born in Worcester in 1919, where he lived his entire life. He was the son of Andrew J. and Roxy (Bennett) Cavanaugh. His sister Margaret Blundell died in 1994.

John worked for the Worcester Fire Dept. for 33 years retiring in 1981 with most of those years at the Woodland St. and Park Ave. stations. He was also an accomplished carpenter building homes as well as many residential renovations for his many friends and relatives.

John was a member of the Retired Police and Firefighters Association of Worcester, Fireman Relief Assn. of Mass., Permanent Firefighters and Municipal Employees Assn.

He served in World War II with the US Air Force 385th Bomb group 549 Squadron, completing 35 missions over Germany as a Flight Engineer/turret gunner, becoming a member of the Air Corp "Lucky Bastards Club."

John was a founding member of St Joan of Arc Church and was a Bishop Fund volunteer for many years. He was an avid skier and was a member of the Wachusett Mountain Ski Patrol for 20 years as well as a member of the 80 + Club.

Calling hours at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, are Monday, Dec. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. at St Joan of Arc Church, 570 Lincoln St., Worcester. Burial will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of his memory to St. Joan of Arc Church, 570 Lincoln St., Worcester, 01605.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to UMass-Memorial Hospice for their support and kindness.


Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette from 12/9/2006 - 12/10/2006.
Capt. John A. Cavanaugh Worcester Fire Dept.