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1942 Ed 2023

Edward F. Kavanagh

July 26, 1942 — May 24, 2023

Avondale, PA

Edward F. Kavanagh, age 80, of Avondale, Pennsylvania, passed away on May 24, 2023 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. He was the spouse of Sandra (Lawrence) Kavanagh, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, PA, he was the son of Francis Kavanagh and Ruth (Brown) Kavanagh of West Grove, PA.

He was "Pop Pop" to his four grandsons, and "Uncle Eddie" to his many nieces and nephews. Pop Pop was most proud of his family and cherished them every day. Ed was a proud graduate of Salesianum High School in Wilmington, DE. Ed attended 2 years at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA majoring in math.

He was proud to have been from West Grove, and regularly supported the community during his lifetime. Ed served on the board of the Southern Chester County Hospital and the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce. He was a 25-year member of the West Grove-Avondale Rotary Club. He was also a member of the Salesianum Alumni Association, the Suburban Contractors Association, and the Inter-County Contractors Association. He owned his own site development and excavating company (F.P. Kavanagh & Son, Inc.) for over 37 years. He loved golfing at the Kennett Square Golf & Country Club and later in life his greatest joy was spending time with his four grandsons and their friends. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Wendy Abernethy and Tina Land (Neil); and four grandchildren, Robert Abernethy, Kevin Abernethy, Colvin Land, and Wyatt Land (Emma).

All are invited to visit with the Kavanagh family and friends from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on June 10, 2023, at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, 8910 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale, PA 19311. Ed's funeral service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to Salesianum School, 1801 North Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19802 or St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother

Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. of Kennett Square (484-734-8100) To view his online obituary, please visit


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