BROOKFIELD- Michael P. "Mick" Cavanaugh, Jr.- passed away in the early morning hours of March 19, 2017 in Ocala, FL.
He left behind his loving and devoted daughter Koree Knutson & her husband Charles; a granddaughter Grace; grandson Chad; his wife Hazel of Brookfield ; a step-son Michael Hayden; his mother Claire Cavanaugh of Charlton; a brother Richard Cavanaugh and his wife Terry of North Brookfield; sisters Catherine Cavanaugh of Charlton, Mary Messier and husband Ed, Bernice Ferguson and husband Richard all of North Brookfield, Karen Gemboski and husband Stephen of Brookfield and Eve Cavanaugh-DiPietro and husband Marc of Southbridge; two Godchildren David Ells and Makayla O'Brien; his maternal uncles Richard and Ronald Brown of North Brookfield; his aunt Gloria McKissick of New Port Richey, FL.; nieces; nephews; great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters Virginia Cavanaugh & Gloria Ells and a brother Joseph Cavanaugh.
He was never happier than when he was with his daughter and his grandchildren. His nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews will miss him beyond words and his love for them was endless too. He left behind friends whom he considered his extended family and they were the loves of his life. Michael never met a child he didn’t love and want to take care of. The memories he left behind will be his legacy to us all.
Michael went straight from Charlton High School to serve in the National Guard and after his discharge he began a career at Norton Company where he remained for over 20 years, ending as the private chauffeur for executives of Saint Gobain. Becoming bored he then began a career as a Trailer Truck driver for M.C. of A Company (transporting the US Mail) for several years and earning the Million Mile Safe Driving award. He also received the National Truck Driver of the Year Award. His final position for which he was most proud and held until his death, was his employment as Superintendent at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Spencer.
Michael enjoyed taking motorcycle and camping trips with his father, brother, brother-in-law, nephews and friends. Michael was an avid horseman, meaning, he liked to help care for his uncle's racehorses, and enjoyed watching his daughter ride her horse. Keeping true to this love, donations can be made to the Central New England Equine Rescue, Inc. On his behalf at http://www.cneer.com/donatemobile/.
At his request there will be no formal services. He will be laid to rest with his father, sisters and brother at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Southbridge, MA. Pillsbury Funeral Home 3 West Brookfield Rd. Brookfield is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or for an online condolence please visit: Pillsburyfuneralhome.com