In Memory of




Obituary for Patrick T. Gavaghan

Patrick Thomas Gavaghan, 36, of Medfield, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2023. Patrick was the loving son of Donna Gavaghan and the late Joseph Gavaghan of Medfield. He is fondly remembered by his siblings, Kevin and Sean of Medfield; Brian and his wife Meghan of Millis; and Caitlin and her husband Joe Tenney of Swampscott. He will be remembered as a loving and gregarious uncle to his nephew and niece, Jack and Emma of Millis, and his nephew Finn of Swampscott. Patrick leaves behind many caring aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as a tight-knit group of friends. Patrick also leaves behind his beloved cat, Cornelius.

Born on July 11, 1986, Patrick spent his early years in Dorchester before moving with his family to Medfield, where he graduated from Medfield High School in 2005. He studied history at Iona University and graduated in 2009. Patrick lived in Oakland, California for six years before returning to Medfield. He worked many jobs in shipping and logistics, most recently as an expeditor for Kaufman Co. of Norwood.

Patrick will be remembered for his fierce loyalty to friends and family and his passionate pursuit of his interests. The depth and breadth of his historical knowledge was impressive and on full display during conversations in which he provided background historical context on nearly any topic. Patrick was also passionate about mixed martial arts, learning jiu jitsu and aikido. His historical knowledge and interest in combat overlapped in the building of an extensive collection of medieval and samurai swords and weaponry. He had an eclectic taste in music, which often displayed his proud Irish and Lithuanian heritage.

Patrick’s interests combined with his easy way of communicating with anyone he came in contact with brings his family comfort, knowing that he will live on in shared stories and memories for many years to come.

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, January 29 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home in Medfield. A funeral mass celebrating Patrick’s life will take place on Monday, January 30 at 11:30 at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Medfield. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mass General Hospital (Gastroenterology) or the Medfield Animal Shelter.