Harold C. Cavanaugh - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Harold C. Cavanaugh

Born April 12, 1940

Harold C. Cavanaugh, age 73, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on April 12, 1940, Harold was the son of the late Edward J. Cavanaugh and Elizabeth I. Fetterman Cavanaugh. He honorably served as a reservist in the US Marine Corp for 8 years. Harold made his career with the Diamond State Telephone Company from 1966 until his retirement in 1991 and was a pioneer in the start of fiber optic technology there. Additionally, he was instrumental in the founding and success of D.M.S. Stucco Company, where he worked side by side with his sons.
He was very involved with the various local youth sports organizations his sons participated in and dedicated his time and talents to many throughout the years. He served as a past president of the Newark American Little League, as the equipment director for Babe Ruth Baseball League, and was an active supporter of the Newark High School Football Boosters. Harold also held various positions for the V.F.W. Football Team and Capitol Trail Junior Football League. In his leisure time, he loved fishing, hunting, and woodworking.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Connie J. Seletos Cavanaugh; sons, Darren M. Cavanaugh and wife, Kimberlee of Newark, Mark J. Cavanaugh and wife, Lauri of Bear, and Sean P. Cavanaugh and wife, Stephanie of Glasgow; brother, Carl Cavanaugh and wife, Suzanne of Newark; sister, Cheryl Thornton and husband, Larry of Smyrna; 7 grandchildren, Shane, Cailin, Ashleigh, Brandilyn, Justin, Sarah, and Seth; and a great grandchild, who is expected in April.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at The Chapel of Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where friends may call from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in the adjoining memorial park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), 455 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, DE 19713.


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  • Connie and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. He is at rest now. Just wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I will not be able to attend the services, we will be on our way up from Florida. I will stop over soon. You take care, and know your Red Hat Family is here for you. You just have to ask and we will help with anything you need.

  • Darren & family, So very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I hope in this difficulty time that the memories you have will help you thru.

  • I worked with Harold for the better part of 25 years at the “phone company”. I remember doing several of his annual performance reviews; words I recall using to describe Harold included: dependable, honest, competitive, outstanding knowledge in both copper and fiber optics technology; and most of all, respect from his peers, subordinates and his “boss”. Harold was the epitome of a Good Man.

    My sincere condolences for your loss.
    Bob Jadick

  • Cheryl & family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your loving brother. Your brother is at peace & we pray you all will find comfort over time. You are truly in our prayers & thoughts at this time. Take the time to reflect & heal. We’ll be in touch. Love to you & yours.

  • Harold was a good man and will be greatly missed. Great Boss also. Love to all his family. I was happy to see him on Wednesday October 9th. We parted with a great handshake.
    Retiree of Verizon. Al Erskine

  • To the Cavanaugh Family- I was greatly saddened to read about Hal’s passing last week. He was such a tireless worker for the NHS football program for so many years, even after his sons had graduated. I would talk to him periodically at the home games over the years and he always seemed in fine spirits. He will be greatly missed.

  • Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your husband, and father. I have always cherished my memories of coaching Mark and Sean and will not forget some of the great conversations Harold and I had about the boys, baseball and life. I hope you find solace in knowing that he was a well liked and appreciated man. I’m sure your own fond memories will help you through the difficult process of grief.
    Steve Colella

  • Connie,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and understanding are with you.

    Your line dancing friend,

    Ellen Turano

  • Connie,

    Keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you and your family.