Roll of Honor

George R. Kavanaugh Jr.

George R. Kavanaugh Jr.

  • Firefighter
  • Somerville Fire Department
  • New Jersey
  • Age: 75
  • Year of Death: 2015

A lifelong resident of Somerville, New Jersey, George dedicated his life to his country, his community, and his family and friends.

George joined the military right after high school and served as a specialist in the U.S. Army from 1959-1962. After leaving the Army, George knew he still wanted to help others in need. It was that devotion to others that led him to becoming both a firefighter and a support system for veterans.

George was a life member of the Somerville Fire Department Engine Company #1 with 50 years of service. After holding various leadership positions within the fire department, George’s proudest moment was when he became chief of the Somerville Fire Department in 1984, and then president in 2000. During this time, he would look out for the town he loved and protect his neighbors, his community, and his fellow firefighters.

He was a trustee of the Somerville Fire Department Relief Association for over 25 years, a life member of the New Jersey Firemen’s Association, and a member of the Somerset County Chiefs’ Association.

Outside of the fire company and associated activities, George was an active member in the American Legion Post 12 in Somerville. He valued being part of programs that would augment the work of the federal government, making a difference to veterans in their personal lives.

His desire to help and support expanded beyond the boundaries of his hometown. George was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Bridgewater, an honorary member of the South Bound Brook Fire Company, and he belonged to the Middlesex Elks Lodge and the Bound Brook Moose Lodge.

Above and beyond his community service, George still found time to be an involved and devoted family man, spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren whenever possible. He enjoyed boating and fishing and could always be found fixing something around the house.

Taken tragically from this world on March 6, 2015, George is sadly missed by those that knew him and loved him, including his wife, Anita; his sons, George III, and his wife, Lisa, and Michael Warnesky, and his wife, Jessica; his daughters, Sharon Kavanaugh and Renee Twardzik and her husband, Jeff; his sister, Kathleen Kapp, and her husband, Robert; seven grandchildren, Rebecca, Kayla, Elizabeth, George IV, Tyler, Peyton, and Chase; and six nieces and nephews.

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