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In late 2012 three local men had cancer. My late husband Angelo Secaspina, Bill Bagg and Tommy Cavanagh. Bill and Angelo both had colon cancer and asked constantly about the welfare of each other. Tommy C and Angelo shared chemo appointments together for awhile like nothing was amiss– because that is who they were. All these men were all community driven and I called them The Three Musketeers. THREE extremely strong community men with cancer and I wondered: Does cancer carry any dignity at all?
Angelo died in February 2014 and Bill died in 2017– but Tommy carried on. I had nothing but admiration for this man who fought cancer like a warrior. Nothing but. Our mortality is finite, but the experience of passing is so different for each individual.
Today I got up and heard that Tommy had died. My son texted me and I think we both felt the loss like family would. We are all born and will all die – no getting out of the fact. Our culture’s dread of mortality keeps us from experiencing all that life has to offer by making us terrified of confronting the final nature of our existence. Everyone does it differently, even from death to death, and we can never really know how we’ll deal with it until we’re confronted.
Tommy fought like no other I knew and today I am beyond saddened to hear of his passing. Be at peace Tommy Cavanagh and as Max Keeping told me when Angelo passed: ” Cancer is such a bully”… but you gave it your all and showed that damn disease who was boss. My love to the family.. nothing but– My love and prayers go to all of you. He was a hell of a man who loved his family and community. May Tommy rest in peace.
Linda Seccaspina and family
He built this city……… dedicated to Tommy Cavanagh