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Passed away peacefully at his home on November 16, 2007, surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born November 14, 1922 in Kalamazoo where he spent most of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell J. and Grace (Martin) Cavanaugh; his devoted wife, Marguerite Mary (O'Toole) Cavanaugh (1982), son Thomas Patrick Cavanaugh (1995); brother, Ronald C. Cavanaugh (1994) and sister, Marilyn Ingersoll (2007). He is survived by son, Robert L. (Sandra) Cavanaugh; son, James H. (Carla) Cavanaugh; daughters, Kathleen M. Cavanaugh, Patricia A. Cavanaugh and Jeanne T. Cavanaugh; brother, Russell J. (Janet) Cavanaugh; brother, Donald C. Cavanaugh; brother-in-law, Donald A. O'Toole; granddaughters, Colleen Maureen (Matt) Cook, Lexa Marguerite (Joseph) Selent, Maureen Ann Cavanaugh; grandsons, John Robert (Jill) Cavanaugh, Ryan Thomas Cavanaugh, Cameron Andrew Cavanaugh; adopted grandson, Joseph Stroup; great-granddaughter, Ella Grace Selent and several other cousins and relatives. He leaves behind his cherished lifelong friend of over 70 years, Ed McMahon. Bob spent a lifetime making people happy. He was known for his Irish wit and made friends with everyone he met. He was a natural born salesman. At a very young age he set up stands selling night crawlers to fishermen and as a teen sold enough magazines to win a state contest to a Yankees game to meet Babe Ruth. He spent his career in the insurance industry and successfully pioneered a general agency for the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company that covered Kalamazoo and all of southwest Michigan. He retired from the company in 1986. Bob graduated from State High in 1941 and Western Normal. He was an outstanding athlete and was known for his pitching arm. That baseball talent was passed along to his three sons and his grandchildren. From 1943-46 he proudly served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He married his beloved wife Marguerite on August 28, 1943 at Fort Meade, Maryland. They were devoted and loving parents to their six children. Bob loved fishing, hunting and an occasional trip or two to the casino. He had a professional singing voice and sang at many functions in several states. Most recently he sang at two of his grandchildren's weddings in the past year. He was a unique and uplifting personality who will be sorely missed. Family and friends will be received Mon. 11/19 from 2-4 PM and from 6-8 PM with a rosary being recited. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, 11/20/07 at St. Augustine Cathedral. Please call Funeral Home for time. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Augustine Cathedral, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, American Lung Association, or a favorite charity of your choice.
Funeral Home
4100 S. Westnedge 343-6156
Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 11/18/2007. (Posted by a VOLUNTEER-NO family connection)

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