Frederick “Fred” T. Cavill

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died May 10th, 2018

Frederick “Fred” T.  Cavill, 69, of Escanaba, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at UP Health System -Marquette of an apparent heart attack.

Over the years Fred wore many hats including husband, father, grandfather, volunteer, multiple positions at Mead/Westvaco-his employer of 41 years, musician, photographer, confidante, a shoulder to lean on, a friend to be counted on and giver of advice and time to anyone who needed him and someone who loved to laugh as often as possible. He will be truly and deeply missed. Fred had a special place in his heart for all his friends, to include Al, Darby, Jeannie and John.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Dorothy (Deloughary) Cavill; his brothers, William, Robert and Don Cavill; and his sister, Mary Jane Bink.

Surviving Fred is his wife and life (and laughing) partner of 28 years, Donna (Couillard) to whom he was married in Hawaii on December 23, 2010; his children, Melissa Cavill of Marquette and Michael (Minda) Cavill of Davis, CA; grandchildren, Minda, Jacob, Daphne and Liam; great grandchildren, Cadence, Addilynn, Marli, and Novella and numerous other family members who cherished and loved him.

Fred spent much time with many great people who hold a special place in his heart including Katie Bower at the Bower family farm in Bark River. He loved playing guitar and had a lifelong passion for music. He belonged to many bands over the years and played frequently with his buddies John Roman, the Cal Hyslop band, his Tuesday group at the Retro and Friday AmVets bunch. He enjoyed camping, sitting in the back yard and enjoying the outdoors with Donna, golfing with special friends Dow, Dave and Mary, having lunch with the ladies at OSF and visiting Sherrie and the crew at the Stonehouse.

He was a member of Sons of AmVets Post 123, Rifle Team AmVets Post 123, OSF St. Francis Auxiliary and volunteer, and the National Rifle Association of America.

To celebrate his life please join family and friends on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 South 13th Street, Escanaba from 12 noon – 4 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. with Deacon Terry Saunders officiating. If you have memories of Fred and would like to share them please come!

A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Donna Cavill, c/o Crawford Funeral Homes, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba, MI 49829, who is assisting the family in their time of sorrow.

12 Tributes to “Frederick “Fred” T. Cavill”

  1. To Donna and family. Our deepest sympathy to everyone. He was a fun loving guy indeed and you Donna were the “Apple of his Eye. Cherish the memories. ….June and Arnie.

  2. Fred was a wonderful friend. He never had a bad word to say about anybody. he had helped me in the past & whenever I would run into him he always had a smile & hug. You are all in my thoughts & prayers.

  3. Fred, you will be missed my many. I will never forget the kindness you so easily shared throughout the years. My thoughts are with Donna and your family in this difficult time. You will remain in my heart.

  4. My condolences to the family and friends. I haven’t seen Fred in at least 10 years, and I was saddened to see that he had passed. Fred was such a great guy, and he will be missed. Always enjoyed our music talks, and his cheerful ways.

  5. Donna and family; We were so sad to hear of Fred’s passing. You are all in our prayers. He had such a great smile and we remember many happy times with him. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers from John and Jan Smith.

  6. Donna I Am So Sorry To Hear Of Fred’s Sudden Passing. My Heart Goes Out To You & The Rest Of The Family. Even Though It Has Been Years Since I Have Seen Either Of You……..I’ll Always Remember Fred’s Kindness & Laughter. Cherish The Memories Of Fred, Donna………No One Can Take Those Away From You……….Godspeed Fred………………….

  7. A lot of good times with Fred on the town or on the Golf course. He will be sadly missed you have our condolences.

  8. Donna….there are no words to help this…Fred would be shaking his head at me bawling as I type…I know he would say something outrageous that would have me LAUGHING and he were so perfect together…and so MUCH fun it should have been ILLEGAL! He ABSOLUTELY adored you…I am glad that the last memory I have of him was laughing at the Storehouse the day before your birthday…I know he’s up in heaven raising one he’ll of a glass and making god laugh til his side’s ache. He was truly one of a kind…I will miss him…and I always think of him when I walk into a room and forget why the heck I am doing there…(I can hear him saying…it’s those doorways…sucking the thoughts right out of your head)…carry on Fred, my wayward son…carry on!

  9. My condolences to family and friends. What a pleasure it was to know and work with Fred.

  10. To Donna Fred was always a loving guy he would talk to everyone and a really nice guy loved his playing through the years.

  11. Donna you are in our prayers; Fred cheers to yah guy I will remember humor and friendly smile.

  12. We will miss Fred’s smiling face so very much. At Amvets he always stopped to talk and often asked Dan up to play with the band. Then at the walk in clinic he always brightened up the visit. He was very helpful and always ready to help with a wheelchair.
    Condolences and prayers for the family

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