Jim Cavanaugh was a devoted family man who strived for the best in all he did. He always put all of his heart and effort into everything and never settled for anything less than perfection.
Jim was born on December 10, 1934 to loving parents, Bert and Anna. His dad, Bert, worked in road construction and Jim took an interest in road building early on in life. As a young man, he attended engineering college at Bradley University where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. While still in college, Jim married his high school sweetheart, Barbara. Soon after, they started building their family. They had 4 children, who provided them with 9 grandchildren. Jim was passionate about spending time with his family and you could almost see his heart warm when the kids were around. Jim was affectionately known as “pops”, a name given to him by the oldest of his 9 grandchildren.
When Jim was in his mid 30’s, his passion for building and engineering brought him to work at Palumbo Excavating. There he found his calling and spent the next 32 years of his life helping them to build the roads of Illinois. Jim learned the business from the ground up, starting as a field engineer, and eventually working his way up to Vice President. His dedication and determination were a good match for the many opportunities they provided. In addition to building roads, Jim built many great friendships there as well. It made retirement one of the tougher choices he had to make. Jim was also an avid gardener who could make anything flourish. He took great pride in having one of the prettiest yards on the block and enjoyed helping out his kids at their houses as well.
While it’s been a few years now since Jim has passed, there are still countless reminders of his life. The emergence of colorful foliage in the changing seasons, the songbirds that visit and fly among the flowers, and the beauty and peacefulness of a quiet flower garden setting are a constant reminder of Jim’s presence.