March 1, 1932 - March 21, 2019
It is with great sadness that the children of Winston Gregory “Kav” Kavanaugh announce his passing on March 21, 2019 at the age of 87. Kav was born in Boston, MA on March 1, 1932, the third child and only son to Volney & Norma Kavanaugh. He graduated in 1949 from the prestigious Boston Latin School, the oldest high school in the country also attended by many of our forefathers. This would serve as one of his proudest moments for the duration of his life.
In 1951, at the age of 19, he joined the U.S. Army and served as paratrooper and demolitions specialist of the 2nd Amphibious Brigade in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954 where after he joined the Far East Exchange Service (FEES) as a personal management specialist and quickly grew his responsibility and influence.
A lifelong learner, he attended Northeastern University, University of Maryland, Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and received his MBA from Pepperdine while acting as Chief of Organization and Manpower, Plans and Management Division. A recognized pioneer in his highly specialized field, he was awarded AAFES’ highest civilian achievement award for his outstanding accomplishments in developing and installing innovative management engineering programs throughout the worldwide AAFES Post & Base Exchange system.
A proud American, he sought new experiences living abroad in Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, and several states coast to coast before settling in Dallas in 1978.
He saw every challenge as an opportunity to learn, grow and master a new skill, as is reflected in his extensive personal development book collection. He loved music of all genres, especially Jazz, cheering for the Boston Red Sox and Dallas Cowboys, intellectual discussions that would teach him something new, making playful wagers on anything worth betting on, capturing audiences with his storytelling, and cooking gourmet meals for friends and loved ones.
Kav is survived by his three children, Denise, Gregory and Lisa, his granddaughter Lindsay, great-granddaughters Helena and Hayden, his sisters Gloria & Dolores his 91 year old cousin Del Brook Binns, and numerous friends and relatives.
A memorial and celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at the Aria Funeral Home 1820 N Belt Line Rd, Irving, TX, to be followed by a full honors military burial at the DFW National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to his beloved alma mater, Boston Latin School. https://bls.org/apps/donations/index.jsp
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Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
1820 N. Belt Line Road
Irving, Texas 75061
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