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Martin Joseph Cavanagh

February 15, 1938 — February 5, 2019

Martin Joseph Cavanagh, Jr., 80, of Ruckersville, VA passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

He was born February 15, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Martin Joseph Cavanagh, Sr. and Loretta O’Neill Cavanagh.

Martin is survived by three sons, Martin J. Cavanagh IV (Nicola), Frank M. Cavanagh and Matthew J. Cavanagh; one brother, Robert Cavanagh; two sisters, Peggy Cavanagh-Miglino and Lorie Hendrix; one grandchild, Mara Cavanagh; dear friend and former wife, Lynette Cavanagh; and numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Rose Cavanagh.

Martin was a retired cryptologist with the National Security Agency. He was also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. Martin was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Church and American Legion Post 128.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Church, 6562 Amicus Rd Ruckersville, VA 22968 with Father Michael Mugomba officiating. Interment to follow at a later date.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Friday, February 8, 2019 at Ryan Funeral Home, 12819 Spotswood Trail Ruckersville, VA 22968.

Memorial contributions may be made in Martin’s memory to the Emily Couric Cancer Center. Please make check payable to UVA Health Foundation,  PO Box 400331 Charlottesville, VA 22907.

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Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville is in charge of arrangements.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, February 8, 2019

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Church

6562 Amicus Rd, Ruckersville, VA 22968

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