‘She brought me out of my shell’: Former students share fond memories of late Bay View director of performing arts

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – Those whose lives have been touched by the longtime director of the performing arts program at St. Mary Academy – Bay View gathered to say their final goodbyes on Friday evening.

Christine Kavanagh, who taught music and drama at Bay View for nearly four decades, died last week. The cause of his death has not been made public.

Kavanagh, 69, was the wife of La Salle Academy director Donald Kavanagh, according to her obituary.

The beloved teacher had a huge impact on many of her students, including Camilla Macera.

Macera, a 2016 graduate, tells 12 News that throughout her time at Bay View, Kavanagh helped her grow as a person.

“I don’t even think I would be half the person I am right now if it weren’t for Ms. Kavanagh,” Macera said. “She gave me the confidence I needed to walk into a room and that really helped me when I got to college and even after I graduated. Going into an interview, I always been prepared because she taught me to always be ready and do your best.

Macera described Kavanagh’s passing as “a huge loss to the community”.

Nicole Reminder, who graduated in 1990, said her time at Bay View wouldn’t have been the same without Kavanagh.

“I think she brought me out of my shell,” Rappel said. “She is an integral part of the person I have become.”

“She had a fantastic sense of humor, she was wonderful with words,” she continued. “She had the ability to just [bring out] the best of you and put that best of you on stage.

A Catholic mass is to be held at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence on Saturday at 11 a.m. Mass will be streamed live on the Bay View Facebook page for those unable to attend.

The Kavanagh family requests that donations be made to the Christine D. Kavanagh Endowment Fund in her memory, either online or by mailing a check to the following address:

St. Mary’s Academy – Bay View
Advancement Office
3070 Pawtucket Avenue
Riverside, RI 02915

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