Obituary of Brandon Rafael Cavanaugh
Brandon Rafael Cavanaugh, 33, of Farmington Hills, formerly of Bay City and Vassar, our determined and devoted husband, Dad, Dada, son, twin, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend was born into eternal life unexpectedly on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Brandon was born on November 29, 1983 in Houston, Texas, the son of Patrick and Michelle (Haars) Cavanaugh. Brandon was a graduate of Vassar High School, Class of 2002 and attended Park University, receiving his B.S. in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration. He also attended The Michigan State University where he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Intelligence Analysis. Brandon later attended Northwood University, completing his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration/Accounting. Brandon proudly served our country from 2004-2009 in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing two tours of duty in Iraq in both 2006 and 2008, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. In 2009, Brandon completed his first Bachelor Degree while serving a tour of duty in Iraq as an Electronic Intelligence Analyst. That same year, Brandon was honored as the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter, completed his Master’s Degree in 2010 through The Michigan State University, and was also a National Military Intelligence Foundation Scholar. He then continued his studies at Northwood and eventually became a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. Brandon joined the Michigan National Guard in order to pursue his lifelong goal of commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Military. While working at Olive Garden, he met the former Amy Sue Grills. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on December 30, 2005 at Corpus Christi Parish (Holy Trinity Church), where Brandon was involved in jail ministry and ushering. He was also a minister in the work of saving troubled marriages for Retrouvaille of Southeast Michigan. Brandon was known for his excellent story telling skills, his love for hiking, karaoke, craft beers, camping, BBQ and grilling, motorcycles, and going to the range. Committed to physical fitness, Brandon enjoyed running races. Always reaching for a higher goal and committed to the pursuit of knowledge, many will always remember Brandon for his love of talking politics, reading, military history, his integrity, and wonderful laugh. Above all, Brandon’s family always came first. He was a devoted husband and the most loving father to his two little girls. Brandon leaves to carry on his legacy, his wife of eleven years, Amy Sue Cavanaugh and their two girls, Brandy Sue Cavanaugh and Abry Diane Cavanaugh. He was the loving son of Patrick and Michelle (Haars) Cavanaugh and will be deeply missed, but lovingly remembered by his twin brother, Tristan (Darcy) Cavanaugh and siblings: Gregory Veuleman, Collin Cavanaugh, Arrell (Geni) Cavanaugh, Nazarea (Michael) Andrews, and Anna Soltan; grandparents, Leo and Virian Cavanaugh, Barbara Johnson, and William and Judy Haars; father and mother-in-law, Terry and Diane Grills; brother-in-law, Terry Grills II, along with his nieces and nephews, Flynn, Ea, Mark, and Nora Cavanaugh; Brooklyn, Madison, and Logan Grills; Emmalyne, Evangeline, and Elysia Andrews, along with countless aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Brandon was welcomed home to heaven by his birth father, Rafael Milan. Brandon’s family will be present to receive visitors on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 5:30 PM Vigil & Tribute for Brandon at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Brandon will be taken to Corpus Christi Parish (Holy Trinity Church), 1008 S. Wenona St., Bay City, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of Brandon’s 10:00 AM Memorial Liturgy. Concelebrating will be Fr. Robert Kelm, Fr. Bert Gohm, and Fr. Kevin Kerbawy, with Fr. Bert Gohm delivering the homily. A luncheon will immediately follow at Corpus Christi, with a Celebration of Life continuing at 1:00 PM at the Auburn Knights of Columbus Hall, 4760 Garfield Rd., Auburn. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family, c/o Amy Cavanaugh for the future support of their two girls. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.