Joseph "McGee" Paul Cavano, Sr., 94, passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Rome Memorial Hospital’s Residential Health Care Facility.
Joe was born on April 13, 1918 in Rome, the son of Nunzio and Rose Basile Cavano. On July 3, 1945 he married Justina "Tina" M. Mandronico at St. John the Baptist Church. She passed away on January 10, 2005.
He graduated from RFA, class of 1936. He proudly served in the US Army in WWII from 1941 to September 1945 as a Staff Sergeant in the European Theater with the heavy bomber plane group (Air Offensive Europe, Naples, Normandy, Rhineland and Rome-Arno). He also served as an instructor in aircraft machinist courses.
Joe worked as a machinist and forge operator at Rome Manufacturing Co. He lived for over 50 years in the house he built at 708 Laurel St. He was an officer of the former Liberty Club.
Joe is survived by his beloved children: a daughter, Darlene McFadden of Albuquerque, NM; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Roberta Cavano of Rome and Paul and Maryjane Cavano of Poland, NY; four cherished grandchildren and their spouses, Tara and Michael Murray, Brook McFadden, Jessica and Paul Gestwicki, and Joseph John Cavano; six great grandchildren, Jared and Brian Murray, Aidan and Lily Arner, Alex and Leo Gestwicki; nephew Michael Amato and devoted nephew David Bovi; and cousins Paula Basile Barbato and Mary Ann Valvo. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Jane Bovi and Dorothy Amato, and a brother, Paul Cavano.
The family especially wishes to thank the staff of 3 East at Rome Memorial Hospital, not only for the compassionate care they provided, but the love and affection they bestowed on Joe these past two years. They also thank Dr. Cotronea and Dr. Tallandini for their wonderful care.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at St. John the Baptist Church for a Mass of Christian Burial with all welcome to attend and with the Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends following the Mass.
There will be no calling hours.
Contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to the Rome Hospital Foundation to benefit the Residential Health Care Facility. Envelopes will be available at the church.
Arrangements are with the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo St.
Online tributes may be made at: www.bottinifuneralhome.com.