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Anthony Bernard Cavanaugh

Bernard was born June 27th 1926 in Milltown, N.B. to James Herbert Cavanaugh and Annie Franceour. He was the ninth of eleven children. He was known to his family and early acquaintances as Bernard or Bernie. During the years 1975-1990, while living in Winnipeg Manitoba he went by Tony Cavanaugh. He had been employed with the Winnipeg Hospital Health Science center in the children’s ward for many years while residing there and he returned to Saint John to reside.

Around the age of thirteen-fifteen, Bernard began drawing. Over the next 45 years, he created numerous works and signed these five different ways. His works include pencil drawings, oil and acrylic paintings. His primary subjects for painting was scenery, although he painted people and flowers on occasion. On one occasion he sent Queen Elizabeth II a pencil drawing he had done of young Prince Charles. He received a letter from Buckingham Palace signed by Lady Rose Baring, lady in waiting to the Queen. His subject of pencil drawings was primarily people. Bernard’s work is listed with the National Art Gallery having been compiled by his nephew Steven Cavanaugh. Bernard died January 15, 1995, in Saint John, N.B.