Obituary of Ernest Cavanagh
Cavanagh, Ernest It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of a wonderful husband, father, brother, Grandpa, Papa, great-grandfather, uncle, friend on October 28, 2023, at Victoria Hospital. In his 87th year, Ernest (Ernie) was the beloved husband of the late Gladys Yvonne Cavanagh (nee Trenchard). Ernie will be greatly missed by his loving children: Betty Jensen (Tom), Ernest Cavanagh (Jacquie), Glynis Cavanagh (Steve), daughter-in-law, Nancy Flannigan. Predeceased by his son Mike Cavanagh. Cherished brother to Bill Cavanagh (Liz). Bother-in-law to Bob Trenchard (Nova Scotia) His memory will forever be treasured by his grandchildren, Chris, Jeff (Mel), Andrew (Kelsey), Keeley (Sem), Jason (Krystin), Tyler (Andrea), Craig, Sean (Mitchell), Adam, Conor (Tia), and great-grandchildren, Novah and Steven. He will be forever missed by his lifelong friend Udo Brenne (Nel) and family. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Ernest's sisters Val (Ted), Pat, and Maurice (Jim) also preceded him in death, leaving behind a legacy of cherished memories. Ernie immigrated to Canada from England when he was 17 years old. He began his career working at Websters Manufacturing where he met his wife, Gladys and business partner Udo. This union was the beginning of their successful pallet business, Pataan Enterprises, where Ernie was part owner until his retirement in 2002. This would also become part of Ernie’s legacy; known for his strong work ethic, honesty and commitment. Ernie spent many years as a dedicated member of the Emerald Isle Society (Irish Club) where he forged many lifelong friendships. He was well known for his skill and camaraderie playing darts, with many plaques and trophies that he proudly displayed. Along with a slew of 180 badges! Ernie was also a passionate soccer fan and player. Forever England and Manchester United close to his heart. He played soccer for many years with the Irish Club Society, The London inter-city league with Websters, and the London Oldtimers. Ernie’s other love was his cottage in Port Bruce. For over 40 years weekends were spent with his closest friends and family at “The Cottage - on Cavanagh Cove”. A memorial service to celebrate Ernest's life will be held on November 18th at London St. Georges RFC, 4308 Dundas St. East, Thames Centre from 12pm to 4pm. It will be an opportunity for family and friends to come together, raise a pint and share memories. Ernie was a legend in his own right. He was a true friend and gentlemen. He was the love of Gladys’ life. As a dad he was “The Greatest”, as a son, brother and uncle he was “Our Ern”. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memory serve as a guiding light for all who were touched by his presence. He leaves behind a legacy of love and loyalty that will be cherished by all who knew him. The family wishes to extend a special Thank you to the staff at Victoria Hospital. Especially the 6th floor palliative care nurses. Ernest (Ernie) was grateful for your care and compassion in making his stay more comfortable.