BEVERLY — John J. Cavanaugh, 95, the husband of Vincenzina (Vinnie) Cavanaugh, passed away on June 8, 2013, at Beverly Hospital.
John served in the Army during World War II, storming the beaches in Normandy, and touring in France, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He received medals for Good Conduct, the Victory Medal, the Purple Heart, and the European, African, Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon.
He loved fishing, sitting down at the Salem Willows, and loved his job of 25 years as security for Winter Island. He was an active, lifetime member of the V.F.W. Witch City Post 1524 in Salem, where he served five times as post commander. He was a lifetime member of the D.A.V.
In addition to his loving wife, John is survived by his daughters, Carol Cavanaugh, Ellen Krenzel and her husband, Donald, Rita Budrow and her husband, Paul; his grandchildren, Michael, Donny, Kim, Christine, Frank, John, Chad, PJ, and Courtney; and seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his children, Guy Cavanaugh, John Cavanaugh and Sheila Burke; grandchildren, Jeanna Dolley and Katherine Cavanaugh; as well as his eight siblings and first wife Eldora (Berry) Cavanaugh.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4 to 7 P.M., at the O’Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., at Salem Common, Salem. His funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in John’s Memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.