June 28, 1934 ~ July 15, 2020

Born in: Framingham, MA
Resided in: Cheshire, CT

Patricia Ann Cavanagh passed away on July 15, 2020 from complications related to advanced dementia. Pat was born June 28,1934 to Ethel and William McLaughlin. She was raised in Framingham, MA where she met and married her high school sweetheart, the late Robert F. Cavanagh. She attended Wellesley College, graduating in 1956 and remained a proud member of the alumni-based Wellesley Club all her life attending every single one of her class reunions, including her 60th.
Pat moved to New Haven, CT following her husband’s graduation from Yale Law School and immersed herself in both the Yale and New Haven communities. Her contributions ranged broadly in countless local community organizations including the Junior League of New Haven, the New Haven Historical Society, The Edgerton Park Conservancy, Children’s Center of Hamden and the non-profit Leila Day Nursery. She was a communicant of the historic Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven where she served on the Home Board and the Altar Guild and participated for many years in their popular Christmas Market fundraiser. In later years Pat served on the board of the St. Luke’s Development Corporation, whose first major project was the development of affordable housing for senior citizens in New Haven.
Through Pat’s work with the International Center at Yale, particularly the center’s ‘Round the World Women program, she introduced countless international graduate students and their families to her special brand of Christmas charm at their annual Christmas luncheon that she graciously hosted for many years in the lovingly restored and thoughtfully decorated 18th century sawmill she made her home after her children were grown.
Pat loved painting and studied oil painting with local artist Terry Oakes Bourret for many years and was a proud member of Wellesley’s Fortnightly Club. She traveled widely and was particularly fond of the great state of Alaska, the adopted state of her daughter Julia, which she visited over 25 times.
In addition to her daughter, Julia Homza (Tom) of Anchorage, AK , Pat is survived by her son Robert F. Cavanagh, Jr. (Katerina) of Woodbridge, CT and daughter Susan Wyper (George) of Darien, CT. She was incredibly proud of her seven grandchildren, all boys, who she proudly called “Nonna’s Super 7;” James Wyper, Robby Wyper, Francis Cavanagh, Silas Wyper, Will Homza, Michael Cavanagh and Jonny Homza. They were all very fortunate to have spent many wonderful summers together with her in Westport, MA while they were growing up. She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years and her sister Mary “Chickie” Mercury.
While her illness cruelly robbed us all of her spirit several years ago we feel incredibly blessed to have been part of her legacy of kindness and charity. We are thankful that she is finally at peace.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation in Pat’s memory to any of the organizations that were close to her heart mentioned above or better yet, simply volunteer in your own community in her honor.

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  1. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Nona. Through her daughter, Julie Homza, and husband Tom, we knew Nona, as Willy and Jonny, her grandchildren, called her, well, and loved to see her during her frequent visits to Anchorage, Alaska. We did not realize that she had such an amazingly rich and varied history of giving to her community. Very heartwarming to read her obituary. May we all try to give so generously of our time. Truly inspiring!!!

    Much love to her family during this time of loss,
    Clo, Bruce, Luke, and Sean

  2. Aunt Pat was truly a remarkable woman and anyone that met her for even a moment would remember her warm smile and delightful laugh. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. All my love.

  3. Bob Outtrim
    Pat was a lovely warm and smart women who was a delight to be around and always fun to talk to. She was very involved with the community but I knew her best from talking to her after Sunday services at Trinity. She will be greatly missed.
    My sincerest condolences.

  4. Pat was one of the most influential women in my life. She was a mentor, supporter, collaborator, and generous to a fault. Her ability to find calm in chaos and to roll up her sleeves when necessary was incomparable. The years we worked together to rebuild the International Center were successful because of her commitment and networking ability. Humble to a fault and ever cheerful. her legacy endures in her wonderful children and grandchildren and the many lives she touched all over the world.

  5. Bob and Kathy. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a lovely ,loving ,warm wonderful woman. I am happy she is finally at peace. God Bless you all

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