Friday, January 16, 2015

Memorial for Pat Turner Kavanaugh Set for Sunday, April 19

Pat with neighbors at Leland Park Cleanup in 2012.
A Memorial Service for our beloved longtime League member Patricia Turner Kavanaugh, who died in October of last year, is set for Sunday, April 19, from 1:00-3:00 pm at Wardlaw-Hartridge School.
Contributions in Pat's memory may be made to The Wardlaw-Hartridge School and the Plainfield Public Library Children's Room. The family is creating a book of memories, and would like your recollections, stories, or funny moments that you have shared with Pat. Please email or send the recollections to:

Tamica Lloyd
The Wardlaw-Hartridge School
1295 Inman Avenue
Edison, NJ 08820
(908) 754-1882 Ext. 150

Below is the obituary published by Pat's family:

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12, for Patricia Turner Kavanaugh, 69, of Plainfield, who died at home on Oct. 4. Born in Brooklyn, Mrs. Kavanaugh lived most of her life in Plainfield. She graduated from the Hartridge School (now The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison) and Vassar College, where she earned a degree in English and Political Science. Mrs. Kavanaugh worked at the BBC in London and NBC in New York before embarking on an extensive journalism career for several New Jersey newspapers, including The Courier-News, News Tribune (now Home News Tribune) and, most notably, The Star-Ledger of Newark, where she worked for more than two decades. Mrs. Kavanaugh also served as Public Information Officer for the City of Plainfield under Mayor Rick Taylor.

Friends recall Mrs. Kavanaugh as a "tenacious advocate" for her beloved Plainfield, fiercely fighting for many causes in the Queen City and working tirelessly on behalf of its citizens. She served as President of The Friends of Sleepy Hollow and Chairwoman of the Plainfield Area YMCA, where she served on the Board of Directors for 35 years. She was active in the Plainfield League of Women Voters, the City of Plainfield Historic Preservation Committee and the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library. Mrs. Kavanaugh was a devoted supporter of The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, serving on the Board of Trustees from 1972-1994. She was elected an Emeritus Trustee and also an active member of the Alumni Association for more than 40 years. In addition, Mrs. Kavanaugh helped organize many reunions, including a milestone 50th anniversary celebration in September 2013. She was also a member of the school's Heritage Society. "Pat Kavanaugh was a proud and loyal alumna of Wardlaw-Hartridge," said Rudy Brandl, the school's director of communications and alumni relations. "She had a real passion for Wardlaw-Hartridge. Our entire school community will miss her greatly." Mrs. Kavanaugh loved traveling and was a certified master gardener. She covered skiing for more than 30 years, including the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Norway, and served with distinction as past president of the Eastern Ski Writers Association and former first vice-president of what is now the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

She is survived by two nephews, Christopher Thomas Newcomb of New Brunswick and Peter VanNest Newcomb of Plainfield. Mrs. Kavanaugh was predeceased by her husband, Reginald, also a retired newspaper reporter, who died in 1999, and her sister, Nancy Turner Newcomb, who passed away in 1987.