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Michael Patrick Cavanaugh

October 16, 2012

Michael Patrick Cavanaugh

Was born on March 18, 1949 in Costa Mesa, California,  to Dudley Wayne Cavanaugh and Jeanne Marie Cavanaugh.   He passed away peacefully on October 4, 2012 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California.    He grew up in Costa Mesa and attended Costa Mesa High School and Orange Coast College.

After leaving school Michael decided to travel the world.  He and his friend Jerry set off for their travels and they spent the next year and a half backpacking through Europe and Asia.    They worked at various jobs while traveling and they had good times and hard times but they were able to see so many of the wonders of the world, wonders that no longer exist and wonders that people will never be able to see again.    They traveled to countries that you can no longer travel to and met and made friends with many people from all over the world.  The day after they returned home from their travels Michael met Alexis Linda Ting who he later married on August 30, 1975 and they had a beautiful life together.

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Michael began his career in his father’s landscaping business and eventually built his own business as a landscape contractor.  He worked his entire life in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa and he loved his job and his clients, he was able to spend his days with beauty and nature.       He never lost his love of travel and he continued to travel the world with his wife for as long as he could, taking her places she never thought she would see and they built many memories together.

Michael was a kind man and a man with great strength of character.    He spent many years battling illnesses and undergoing surgeries that we did not think he would survive but he did - with the help of his wife, his family, his friends and his wonderful doctors and he did it so he would not let us down.    He was our “miracle man” and we have been blessed that we had him for so long.  

The following is a memory from his wife:

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