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Mr. Kevin Kavanagh passed away at the age of 87 on Monday, June 15, 2020.
A member of the St. Paul’s community for many decades, Mr. Kavanagh will be remembered for his steadfast dedication and as an example of a true Man for Others.
Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Els Kavanagh first became involved with the St. Paul’s community when their son, Sean '82, was enrolled at the school. From the outset, Kevin and Els were highly involved as St. Paul’s parents and eventually expanded their role as benefactors, committee members, and advocates. Kevin also served on the St. Paul’s High School Board of Directors. For their ongoing support of St. Paul’s, which lasted well beyond Sean’s graduation, Kevin and Els were recipients of the Ignatian Challenge Award at the 1997 Tribute Dinner.
Kevin instilled in his children and grandchildren the sense of community found at the school, along with a desire to give back. His daughter, Mrs. Jennifer Moncrieff (nee Kavanagh) is currently vice-chair of the St. Paul’s High School Board of Directors. His grandsons, Will ’17 and John ’19 are recent graduates. During their time at St. Paul’s, both Will and John honoured their family’s legacy at the school.
Mr. Kavanagh was known as a man of commerce and a supporter of higher education and the arts. He served as the director and CEO of the Great-West Life Assurance Company (1979 – 1992) before transitioning to a career dedicated to the community. As the Chancellor of Brandon University (1996 – 2002), a member of the Associates of the Asper School of Business (since 1983), and chairman of the Development Council of the University of Manitoba, he worked to further educational opportunities for Manitoba students. Within the arts community, he served as the director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and governor of the Banff Centre for the Arts. Kevin, along with Els, was involved in numerous other organizations over the years. For his many contributions, Kevin was awarded the Order of Canada (2002) and the Order of Manitoba (2009).
Mr. Kavanagh’s lifetime of generosity exemplified his devotion to his family, community, and Church.
We at St. Paul’s are grateful for his long-time involvement in our school and will mourn his loss in our community. We will continue to honour him as a recipient of the Ignatian Challenge Award.
We offer our prayers to Mrs. Els Kavanagh, Mr. Sean Kavanagh and Mrs. Jennifer Moncrieff and their families during this difficult time.