John F. Cavanaugh of Kennett Square

John F. Cavanaugh, 89, of Kennett Square, died Monday, April 30, at his home at Freedom Village in Coatesville. He was the husband of Esther Sommers Cavanaugh with whom he shared 56 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late John F. and the late Helen E. Poole Cavanaugh.

John F. Cavanaugh

John served our country in the Army Engineers during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture in 1958. He was the owner of the family business: Davis, Poole & Sloan Associates, an architectural firm which was founded in 1938. Projects included but were not limited to the Philadelphia Civic Center, regional hospitals and prisons, public schools, the Church of the Holy Apostles in Penn Wayne, several Mormon churches, Bell Telephone buildings, and numerous projects for the city of Philadelphia. He was a member of the Union League of Philadelphia, the American Institute of Architects, Tacony Lodge No. 600 of Free & Accepted Masons, and the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square where he participated on many committees.

Survivors include, in addition to his wife, one son, John F. Cavanaugh III and his wife Karen of Coatesville; two daughters, Esther Brink and her husband Gregory of Downingtown, and Helen Bilinski and her husband Raymond of Kennett Square; one brother, Walter J. Cavanaugh of Glen Mills and four grandchildren, Catherine, Raymond, Esther, and David.

A memorial service in celebration of John’s life will be held 11 a.m. Monday, May 7, at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, 401 N Union St. Kennett Square. Interment will be in the adjoining memorial garden. Contributions in his memory may be made to Church of the Advent 201 Crestline Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit


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