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Bernard Brian Kavanagh

January 24, 1938January 20, 2020

Bernard Brian Kavanagh, 81 of Ormond Beach, passed away peacefully January 20, 2020 surrounded by his loving family and wife.

Mr. Kavanagh was born January 24, 1938 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a son of John and Catherine Grant Kavanagh.

He attended St. Malachy College in Belfast, and also Queens University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts. He played a predominant role at the University as President of the Debate Society. After graduating, he lived in London, England, then moved to Chicago, where he owned an Actuarial Software Company. In addition to being a member of the Academy of Actuaries, he was a member of the East Bank Club in Chicago.

Brian moved to Ormond Beach, Florida in 2002. He was an avid runner and loved to golf, read, enjoyed Celtic football and was always the first guy to buy you a drink at the bar.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Mary Kay Keating, whom he married July 1, 1995. One sister, Kathleen (Brendan) Nolan of Oakville, Canada. Four brothers, Joseph (Pierina) Kavanagh of Essex, England; John (Christine) Kavanagh of Belfast, Northern Ireland; Davy (Marian) Kavanagh of Belfast, Northern Ireland; and James (Melissa) Kavanagh of Ormond Beach, Florida. He also was loved by his many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Michael Kavanagh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Council On Aging of Volusia County, 420 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, in memory of Bernard Kavanagh.


  • Cryptside Service Friday, January 24, 2020


Bernard Brian Kavanagh

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January 27, 2020

My Uncle Brian was the most even tempered soul I ever met. A gentle man whose kindness and love for his family radiated like a beacon whenever I met him. Lisa, Joe, Isabella and I won't forget the love and hospitality of Brian, James, Melissa and Mary Kay when we met them in Florida in the early 2000s. He will be sorely missed by all those who had the pleasure to meet him. May he rest in peace.

Amanda Deards

January 27, 2020

In the Summer of 98 me and my friend Justine Brown went to Chicago to live for a while Uncle Brian and Mary Kay were so good and said they would put us up until we got settled. I was a bit nervous as I hadn't seen Uncle Brian for years and I knew he was a man of few words,when we arrived they opened up their home and hearts to us with such Kindness and generosity it really blew me away .The more I got to know Uncle Brian (which I am eternally greatful for,)I realised three things ,that when uncle Brian spoke he was always worth listening to , that adorned Mary Kay and family was always in his heart . Uncle Brian you were one of life's true gentleman .love Alway .Mandy Kavanagh Deards .

Frank Hicks

January 23, 2020

When I was just a child Brian came to visit my family at my home for the very first time . He shook my hand and left what. in my then opinion, was a very large bill in it. It was more money than I ever had at one time in my life " Go out and buy yourself some sweets." he told me with a big smile on his face. The love, affection and absolute good will in that kind gesture left an indelible mark on my heart that can never be erased. He is , was and forever will be a knight in shining amour, a true gentleman, a scholar and a compassionate soul.
I'm proud to call him part of my family, as was my mother, my father and my two brothers and two sisters. I can picture him right now, sitting at the right hand of God along with my father and mother and brother Patsy enjoying some good craic and a Bushmills Irish whiskey followed by an ice cold Guinness chaser.

Christine Wilson

January 23, 2020

Dear Uncle Brian,
I wish I had known you better but I knew your heart and we felt your love and protection surround us all.
I remember your 60th birthday party when you stood up in front of us all and you said:
" there is not one of you here tonight who I wouldn't give my life for"
And there it was...the unconditional love for your family and every one of us knew it was true. I realised then just how much you loved us all and we felt special for having that in our lives.
You reached across the ocean to us and part of you lived here in your beloved land and that part of you will never die....your essence lives on though us and in our hearts.
Rest in peace with our Blessed Lord and with our beautiful family who are there with you there.
Sleep tight dear uncle
Love you x

Pierina and Joe Kavanagh

January 23, 2020

Brian....the Best Man at our wedding 16th May 1958. A gentle, quiet spoken, modest, intelligent, caring and loving man! You will be missed especially by your devoted wife Marykay, who cared for you so lovingly. Nobody could have done more for Brian than Marykay! Your brothers Joe, John, Davy, James and sister Kathleen, extended family and friends will have a massive void in their lives. Rest in peace with the Lord Brian. A good and faithful servant.

Marie Osborne

January 23, 2020

Deepest sympathy to Mary Kaye and the Kavanagh family circle on the death of Brian, a beloved husband and brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad times.

Marie Osborne