Cleariestown resident Dick Kavanagh passed away following a long illness on January 11, 2016 surrounded by his wife Maureen, sons and daughters.
Dick was married to Maureen Kavanagh (née Brennan) for 57 years. They had six children who he adored, 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Originally from Ardcavan, Dick was the youngest child of Thomas and Mary Kavanagh (née Scallan). He was predeceased by his brothers Willy, Paddy, Tommy and Harry. The only remaining sibling is Kathy Doyle, who is an impressive age of 96 and is the eldest member of the family.
Dick went to school in Castlebridge NS. After leaving school, he worked on the building of Wexford Bridge and following this, he worked on land drainage until 1975. He then started his Fuel Merchant business.
Dick's work ethic was next to none. In rain, hail or snow, he always delivered to his customers. Even up to his weakest days, they always came first. He not only took pride in his business but truly relished the friends he made and held them all in high esteem.
Dick was a very strong man in body and mind. He fought his illness with great dignity. He was loved by everyone he met because of his great sense of humour and passion for life.
Besides having a great interest in machinery, he had a special love for his cars. Dick was also very fond of GAA. He never missed a match on TV and often could be heard exhibiting great enthusiasm as he showed support for his favourite team. Dick also had a great passion for animals, especially his dogs, whom he fed better than himself.
He is survived by loving wife Maureen, his sons Thomas, Richard, Gerard, Gabriel and his daughters Martina and Pauline; his 19 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister, nieces, nephews and all his extended family and friends.
February 1940-January 2016. Rest in peace to a loving husband and a great dad.
Dick's months mind will be celebrated on Sunday February 13 at 6 p.m. in St Mannon's Church, Cleariestown.