Dan Kavanagh Jr.
Joseph Daniel “Dan” Kavanagh Jr. of Buxton, N.C., formerly of Hardyville, passed away May 28, 2014. Dan was born on June 4, 1949 in Bay City, Mich., to Joseph Daniel Sr. (deceased) and Alicia (Finn) Kavanagh. Dan met the love of his life, Regena (Pugh), while attending Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and they were married in 1969.
Dan retired as Executive Director of The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission and found more time for his love of cooking, motorcycle riding, restoration and repair, boat building, hunting, fishing and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. Dan loved the outdoors and his greatest accomplishment as a public servant was the formation of the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority for the express purpose of providing access to public lands and waterways to the citizens of the Middle Peninsula, the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond.
In addition to his father, Dan was preceded in death by his grandson, Lee Perry Kavanagh; brothers, William P Kavanagh Sr. and Dudley J Kavanagh II; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Kavanagh; and nephew, William P Kavanagh Jr.
Dan is survived by his wife Regena of Buxton, N.C.; his sons, Joseph (Natalie) D. Kavanagh III of Frisco, N.C. and William (Carole) J. Kavanagh of Henrico; his grandchildren, Joseph IV, Thomas and Patrick of Frisco, N.C., and Campbell, Carson and Carlie of Henrico; his special girl and hunting companion, Gypsy; one brother, five sisters and their spouses; and a number of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A celebration of Dan’s life will be held June 26 in Hatteras, N.C., with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority, 125 Bowden Street, Saluda, VA 23149; or the Outer Banks Preservation Association, P.O. Box 1355, Buxton, NC 27920.