Arthur H. Kavanaugh

Arthur H. Kavanaugh, 67, of Worcester, entered into rest Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He was the husband of Deborah (Schafer) Kavanaugh to whom he was married 12 days shy of 32 years.

Born May 1, 1951, in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Michael and Clara (Wiseman) Kavanaugh. 

Arthur grew up in Philadelphia and attended Kinsey Elementary School.  He went on to Olney High School and then his beloved Penn State.  In 1972 he graduated from PSU with a bachelor’s degree in Education and began substitute teaching.   In the mid-1970’s he landed a full-time position at the Wissahickon School District teaching US history.  In his years of teaching, he always included a unit on civics whether it was in the curriculum or not because participation in our government was his passion.

April 11, 1987, he married Debbie Schafer and they later discovered Arthur had taught her in a class where he was substitute teaching.  They raised two wonderful children in Worcester Township where they have lived for 26 years.

After 35 years of teaching, he retired, to dedicate Mondays to WELCOME Lunch at Calvary Baptist Church, Norristown.  Vacations were to Ocean City New Jersey, Outer Banks North Carolina, and jaunts to Prince Edward Island in Canada.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Michael Richard Schafer Kavanaugh, and Paige Erin Kavanaugh; and his sister Judith Shearer.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Roberta, and Carol Kavanaugh.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 11 AM on Friday, April 5, 2019, at the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Skippack Pike at Cedars Rd. Skippack. Friends may call for the viewing on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 6-8PM and again on Friday, April 5, from 10 -10:45 AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the WELCOME LUNCH of Norristown, 801W. Marshal St. Norristown, PA 19401. Online condolences may be made to the family at