Richard Cavagnaro, 84, died Nov. 5, 2012 peacefully at his home in Shepherdstown.
He was born May 31, 1928, in Staten Island, N.Y., to Florence and August Cavagnaro.
He graduated from Curtis High School and Wagner College in Staten Island, and later served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from teaching after 25 years in the New York City Public Schools system to Shepherdstown. Prior to moving to West Virginia, he was an active parent and friend to many of Long Valley, N.J.
He was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Inwood and enjoyed reading history, watching movies and Notre Dame football. He loved a challenge, to argue and the desire to win!
He is survived by his wife, Clare Cavagnaro, of 58 years; his children, Nancy McManus, Susan Mangels, Richard Cavagnaro and Lynn Margaret Pryzbylkowski; 10 grand- children; seven great-grandchildren; and other extended family members.
His family wrote, "He was our rock but also could drive us all a little crazy but that's what he liked to do best! He always told great stories and he will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him."
A Mass of Christian burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at St. Leo Catholic Church in Inwood with Father Brian Shoda, celebrant. Interment was held at a later date at Our Lady of the Mountain Cemetery, Long Valley.
Memorial contributions may be made St. Leo Catholic Church, P.O. Box 83, Inwood, WV 25428.
Arrangements were with Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg.
Online condolences may be made to www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com.