The death occurred recently of Maureen McCreedy (née Kavanagh), aged 69, a member of one of Buncrana’s best known families. Maureen battled courageously for two years against lung cancer; but died peacefully on the 10th December 2014 in hospital in Geilenkirchen, Germany, surrounded by her husband and daughters. She, and her husband Mac, resided for the past 39 years in the Netherlands where they both worked for an international organization prior to their retirements.
Maureen’s mother, Julia Kavanagh, will be remembered by many in Buncrana as a music teacher and organist and Maureen herself qualified as a piano teacher.
Maureen began her married life in Mons, Belgium and subsequently lived in Huntingdon, Oslo and Marlow before settling in the Netherlands. She was the proud mother of three daughters, Julie, Tracey and Rachel who married respectively Roger van den Heuvel, Rob van Vliet and Jesse Beaver. Much to Maureen’s delight, her daughters each had a boy and a girl – Liam and Zoe, Rosie and Evin and Hayley and Owen. To say that Maureen was a proud and loving grandmother would be an enormous understatement.
Despite the effects of childhood polio, Maureen was a keen and successful golfer for more than thirty years. She even made a ‘hole in one’ in 2008 - she had insured against this ‘risk’ so the ensuing celebrations were all the sweeter!
In retirement, Maureen and Mac often visited Buncrana, where she indulged her passion for golf at Ballyliffin, the Northwest and Buncrana golf clubs.
The family of William John and Julia Kavanagh consisted of five boys and four girls. The surviving members are Ailish Doherty and Brian Kavanagh, both living in Buncrana, John Kavanagh living in New York and Timothy Kavanagh living in Thirsk, Yorkshire. Unfortunately, Liam, Kathleen, Tony, Patricia and now Maureen have passed on. She was cremated in Heerlen, the Netherlands, on 19th December 2014. Her ashes will be interred in the Kavanagh family grave in Buncrana after a memorial Mass later this year.