March 12, 2021

On March 10, 2021, St. Paul’s High School lost a dear friend and supporter, Mrs. Els Kavanagh (spouse to the late Mr. Kevin Kavanagh). 

Mrs. Els and Mr. Kevin Kavanagh have been long-time supporters of the school and first became involved when their son, Sean ’82, enrolled at the school. From the outset, Kevin and Els were highly involved in the community as parents, benefactors, committee members, advocates, and board membersAdditionally, Els and Kevin were recipients of the Ignatian Challenge Award at the 1997 Tribute Dinner.

Els served as the first female board member for St. Paul’s High School, and her daughter Jennifer Moncrieff (SMA ’84) (nee Kavanagh) will be serving as the first female Chair of the Board of Directors (2021), following closely in her mother’s footsteps. 

Els & Kevin instilled in their children and grandchildren the sense of community found at the school, along with a desire to give back. Els’ grandsons, William ’17 and John ’19, are recent graduates and, as alumni, continue to honour their family’s legacy at the school. 

Mrs. Kavanagh’s lifetime of generosity is exemplified by her devotion to her family, community, multiple charities and the Catholic Church. Els will be remembered as a woman who generously gave to those in need and whose vivacious smile invited others to smile with her. We at St. Paul’s are grateful for her long-time involvement in our school and will continue to celebrate her memory and contributions.

During COVID-19, a private Mass will be held in the St. Paul’s High School Canadian Martyrs’ Chapel for the repose of the soul of Els Kavanagh and the consolation of her family; her brother, Hubert Mesman ’62; and children, Mr. Sean Kavanagh ’82 (Melissa Ridgen) and Mrs. Jennifer Moncrieff (SMA ’84) (Hugh Moncrieff) and their families during this difficult time.


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