The Obit For Ron Kavanaugh

Ron "Kavie" Kavanaugh Jr.

Published in the Connecticut Post from 7/21/2008 - 7/22/2008

KAVANAUGH Ron (Kavie) Kavanaugh Jr., age 61 of Derby, beloved father, son, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 20, 2008 at St. Vincent Medical Center.

Ron graduated from Notre Dame of Fairfield, Class of 1965. He attended Sacred Heart University of Fairfield and Panhandle State University in Guymon, Okla.

Ron was an avid baseball player as a left handed pitcher since early childhood,from Little League to Pony League to Senior City. At Notre Dame, he was an important part of the team that won the 1964 CIAC Class LL Baseball Championship. At Sacred Heart University in 1966, he was named MVP and he still holds the record for most strike outs (17) in a game. While at Panhandle State, he was scouted and signed by the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team, where he played with their farm team as a lefty pitcher.

Ron returned to school at Central Missouri State University, where he earned his masters degree in clinical psychology. From there, he began his career in the service of helping the mentally ill, eventually becoming employed at "Search for Change," a non-profit organization, where he worked his way up from a social worker to his current position as executive director. Ron provided almost 27 years of dedicated service to helping those with mental illness get back on their feet and able to enjoy their lives again.

He enjoyed playing the guitar and composing music, body surfing at the beach with his family, driving his Corvettes, coffee ice cream and enjoying times with his family.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the entire staff of St. Vincent's 7 East for the wonderful care they gave to Ron and his family.

He is survived by his two loving children, Dani Kavanaugh Nichols and her husband, Matt of Milford and Matt Kavanaugh of Derby; his beloved parents, Ronald and Ellie (Cookie) Kavanaugh of Stratford; his loving brother, Patrick Kavanaugh of Orange; nieces, Shannon Kavanaugh of Neptune, N.J. and Kasey Kavanaugh of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a nephew, Cody Kavanaugh of Atkins, Texas; and friend and former spouse, Connie Kavanaugh of Seymour. He had been predeceased by his sister-in-law, Cindy Kavanaugh.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. DIRECTLY at St. Mark Church, 500 Wigwam Lane, Stratford. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford.

Those who so desire, may make contributions in Ron's memory to "Search for Change," 95 Church Street, Suite 200, White Plains, New York, 10601.

"Gone from our lives, but forever in our hearts."