By Connie Ross-Karl
Longtime North Myrtle Beach City Council Member at Large Robert “Bob” Cavanaugh and his wife, Mary, a distinguished educator for more than 20 years in North Myrtle Beach, were recognized and lauded by representatives of the city, South Carolina legislature and friends, neighbors and well-wishers at Tidewater Plantation on Saturday, Nov. 14.
They were also joined by members of Quilts of Valor, who presented Cavanaugh with a personalized, handmade quilt to commemorate his military service in the U.S. Army, as he was flanked by his fellow veterans who live in Tidewater.
Presenters included Kathleen Williams and Theresa Goulker from Quilts of Valor; City Councilwoman Nicole Fontana; and Dreisa Sherrill, a Tidewater resident, who was recently named Ms. Senior World 60s and whose personal Senior World platform is Quilts of Valor.
Sherrill visibly touched everyone in attendance with her heartfelt rendition of God Bless America which she sang to the Cavanaughs and to the appreciative audience.
Others honoring Bob and Mary included Tidewater HOA President Catherine Weis, Senator Greg Hembree, Councilman Fred Coyne, Sherrill, Representative Tom Rice’s Aide Tom Keegan, City Manager Mike Mahaney, Representative William Bailey and Councilman J.O. Baldwin.
Cavanaugh is retiring on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, after 20-plus years of public service to North Myrtle Beach.