Arthur Cavanagh

Obituary of Arthur Cavanagh

Arthur F. (Casey) Cavanagh, Jr., formerly of Central Valley, NY passed away peacefully on May 4, 2018 with family members joining in song and story at his side. He was 65 and had lived in Pelham, NY for the past 10 years.

Casey was born in Central Valley, NY on August 20, 1952, the son of the late Arthur F. Cavanagh Sr., the former Central Valley National Bank president, and the late Helen Harer Cavanagh, a former State Democratic Committeewoman and Orange County Deputy Commissioner of Elections, whose Highland Falls Farrell family roots go back to the 1840's. Casey's grandfather was the late Billy Cavanagh, West Point's famed boxing coach for 30 years, a champion boxer (under the name of Billy Glover) in his own right, and a well-known referee for many Madison Square Garden title fights.

Like his father and grandfather, Casey was a gifted athlete. Playing for the Monroe-Woodbury Crusaders, he was the 1970 Orange County basketball scoring leader and was Orange County first team all-league and Daily News Orange and Rockland second team all-league in basketball. Casey was also first team all-league fullback in soccer and was number two on the golf team. Golf became his favorite sport.

As kids, Casey and his older brother Bill spent long hours competing one-on-one against each other in every conceivable sport in their back lot, on the Central Valley playing fields and tennis court and at the Community Pond. The age advantage worked only for so long and, by Bill's senior year, Casey was an all-star and his brother Bill proudly cheered Casey from his seat on the basketball bench.

Casey went to the University of Scranton on a soccer scholarship but decided he was not cut out for college and eventually moved to Washington, D.C. to help build the new Washington Metro System. Eventually, he moved back to Orange County, met and married Patricia Lingle Cavanagh and together they raised her three children of whom he was so proud. Casey formed his own construction business and had many other irons in the fire when he received a 7,400 volt electric shock at a worksite. This accident resulted in permanent damage and lifelong pain that ended his construction business career and took its toll for the remainder of his life. The whole family packed up and moved to Arizona for the drier climate where they opened a successful bed and breakfast. Casey moved to Pelham about 10 years ago.

Casey is survived by his former wife Patricia and her children Michelle and Charlie (daughter Laura pre-deceased Casey), grandchildren Patrick, Dennis, Nicholas and Megan and great grandson Keith; by his less athletically-inclined older brother Bill and Bill's kids Conor and Kaitlyn, and Bill's fiancée Ricki; by the Marinos; by his Hull, Tonioli and McCollam cousins; and by his birth brother and lifelong friend Francis Pavek. Casey reserved a special spot for Bill's late wife Carla, for the Hulls (Debbie and Andy, Don and Dona) and for Patrick and Daisy, Conor and Kaitlyn and Matthew and Nicholas.

Right to the end, Casey was charming and charismatic, chatting often with old friends and strangers alike. He was a kind and gentle soul who thought and spoke often of his many lifelong friends, maintained a positive outlook on life and retained his nice easy golf swing.

Visitation will be Tuesday May 8, 2018 from 5 PM to 9 PM at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home, 117 Maple Avenue, Monroe NY.

A memorial celebration with words and song will be held on Wednesday May 9, 2018 at 10 AM at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cemetery of the Highlands, Highland Mills, NY. For Pelham friends, the family will sit Shiva Irish-style and receive friends at their home in Pelham, NY (966 Plymouth Street) on Wednesday May 9, 2018 beginning around 5 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woodbury Community Ambulance, 376 Rt. 32, Central Valley, NY 10917 or the Woodbury Historical Society, P.O. Box 30, Highland Mills, NY 10930.

Arrangements by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home.