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James (Jimmy, Grumpy) Creighton CAVANAUGH

Age 67 of Manganese Mines passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019 in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro, surrounded by many loving families. Born on June 25th, 1952 in Truro, he was a son of the late Ira and Ivy (Ettinger) Cavanaugh. Up until his retirement he worked for over 30 years at the Fundy Trail Mall, first for Homestead Doughnuts and then for the mall in maintenance. He was excited to retire the day he turned 65 and spent the last 2 years building a little farm, including Jack his donkey, playing with his toys and watching too much TV. For anyone that knew our Jimmy they would know he lived a large life, but he is and will always be even larger than the life he lived. It’s unbelievable that even in his 67 years that he had enough days in his life for there to be as many stories of his adventures as there are. He was a Dad, soul mate, Uncle Jim, Grandfather and best friend to many, blood did not define his circle. He was fun, funny and kind and always the life of the party. For those babies that are yet to come into the life he leaves behind and the children yet to grow he will be as well-known or better because he is like the “turkey” stories he always told, his memories and legend will grow with time and that’s the way he would want it. If you can’t remember or don’t know, make it up. If you want to honour his memory today tell a harmless tale, pull a prank or just smile. Take comfort in how many people love him and that he has returned to the place he began, the arms of his mother.
Jimmy is survived by his love, Jeanetta, his children Brandi (Jeff), James (Crystal), Marcia (Charles), Lee (Rosie), Kelsey, Jackie and Blake; grandchildren Bailee, Claira, Shane, DJ, Xavier, Jeffrey, Tori, and Jimmy, Faye; siblings Olive, Bern, Verda, Judy, Lesley, Dianne, Barbie and Bonnie; the mother of his children, Marion; and a grand and a great grand baby on way that will both carry his name. Not to mention an enormous amount of friends and family that will feel the void of his presence. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters Linda and Shirley; brother, Al; one of his best friends, Donna Lee. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mattatall Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. A celebration of life will be held in Tatamagouche on Saturday, July 20th at 2 pm at 795 Upper River John Rd. All are welcome. Burial will be in the Blackmore Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory, please contact the funeral home for further details. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing James’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com.


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