Thomas Patrick Cavanaugh
February 17, 1945 - January 1, 2023

Tom Cavanaugh, of Little River, South Carolina, completed his journey through life on January 1, 2023, after a 4-year battle with cancer.

He and his wife, Jan, retired to the Little River community 21 years ago to enjoy the weather and the golfing. Many longtime friends were made in their new community as well and more fun
activities were added. He and his wife enjoyed travelling in their motor home to various parts of the U.S. visiting friends and family along the way.

Tom was retired from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in Boston, MA in 2000 as a Deputy Sheriff. He was very proud on being a Deputy Sheriff and made sure everyone he met would hear it. Additionally, he belonged to the Masons and the American Legion, with the final Post 186 being in Little River. Tom always had a story for everyone wherever he went. “There was never a dull
moment”. He made people laugh! Then there was the serious side: he loved his wife and family. He was always quick to say “I love you” at any given moment.

He was loved in return by his wife; children: Thomas, Tracey, Jennifer and William; 13 grandchildren: Thomas IV; Joseph, Anthony, Brittany and Alexia Zappi; Angela, Paul, Christina, Dennis and Gus DeLuca; Zachary, William and Brock Cavanaugh: several great-grandchildren; his wife’s family; and a multitude of people he met along his path.

Burial will be private.

St Jude and Tunnel To Towers Foundation were two of Tom’s favorite charities. Please consider donating to one of those, or to the charity of your choice, in his name.


  • Suzanne Eisermann- Logan Posted January 6, 2023 10:00 pm

    Oh no, Jan I remember how much Tom and Emil were thick as thief’s when we were down there with you both. I kept wanting to take a vacation and travel down and see all my relatives and friend on the east coast. I am sending big hug and prayers for Jesus to hold your heart til it is mended enough to take back. Try not to make to many big decisions now. Take it one moment at a time. try to make plans going forward. Let people help you now they will get back to there lives soon so allow them to give you time to heal. The pain and tears will come in big waves but then it will get not as bad and then further apart. I got myself into volunteering, so I was not sitting around. He will wait with Emil until we can join them again. I know we do not talk much but I hold you dear to my heart. Reach out when you get a chance. My number is 413-442-0350

  • Jim&Jackie Wilkin Posted January 7, 2023 11:59 am

    We first met Tom and Jan at a golf outing many years ago. Tom always had a funny story or joke to tell. Since then we have remained good friends and did many fun things together always centered around food. Parades, Kentucky Derby party every year, Trivia every week , Christmas celebrations and golfing while he was able. Tom was a kind gentle giant and we loved him like a brother. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace ole friend 🙏🏻💕

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