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Brian James Kavanagh
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to:
  • Surfers Healing Folly
    487 Planters Trace
    Charleston, SC 29412
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to:
  • Courageous Kidz
    230 Old Dominion Drive
    Charleston, SC 29418

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“I did not know Brian, but I sail as Chief Engineer with his brother Chris. I am a professional mariner and I understand the difficult and important...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Joe Reynolds - North Charleston, SC

“So sorry to read this! Was so hoping to see you two at Acme one day. Tommy and I were actually riding around island last weekend and saw a group of...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Debbie Miller - Isle of Palms, SC

“Jill, I am so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Much love and many prayers for you and the kids. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Randi Dunlap - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“We had a great time with you and Brian on our last visit. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Always. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Jennifer McNally - Wareham, MA

“Jill and family . I'm so sorry for your loss ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Lisa Thackeray - Bluffton, SC

“With sadness we heard you lost the battle.What a pain it is to lose a friend. Brian and Richey met at the academy, they lived together and oh man!...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Richey and Caroline Duncan - PA

“Please accept my sincere condolences.I am a classmate of Kevin's and went to Ireland with the entire family in 1978. Adventure of a lifetime and...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Sean OToole - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“My memories of Brian being the skinny kid in cords always coming over for candy and cokes needing $ 5.00 with that impish grin and getting into a bit...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Denise Bradsher - Family

“My condolences for all of the Kavanaugh family. I will always hold close my memories of growing up with Brian. I am so sorry for your loss. My...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Rodney Carter - Charlotte, NC

“Our Condolences to the whole Kavanaugh Family. BK was one of a kind who always came giving and never asked anything of me, except, Stinky, put me...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: David Ernst - Mt Pleasant, SC

“I will never forget the lasting impression BK has made on my life as a person and as a provider. During the time I spent caring for him during the...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Michele Neskey - Mount Pleasant, SC

“So sorry for your loss. I knew Brian for over thirty years, and always valued his friendship. I loved his easy going nature and his sense of humor. I...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Jim Dolan - Virginia Beach, VA

“Sending our sincerest condolences and prayers for Captain Kavanagh's family and friends. - The Mayport Pilots ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Geoffrey Nelson - Jacksonville, FL

“Please accept condolences on behalf of The Dye Family ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Chris Dye - Charleston, SC

“Jill, my heart breaks for you at your loss. I adored Brian. He was always so kind to me and full of joy. He loved life and loved to make others laugh...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Stacey Berlin - Charleston, SC


Brian James Kavanagh, a Charleston Harbor Pilot known to all as "B.K", passed away on May 9, 2020 at his residence on Isle of Palms, SC, surrounded by his loving family. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Brian was born April 2, 1965 in Honolulu, Hawaii, son of Gerald Kavanagh and Rose Donnelly Kavanagh. His love of the sea led him to graduate from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Michigan before launching a career as a Merchant Marine Officer in support of Operation Desert Storm and eventually as a Charleston Harbor Pilot. He was an avid offshore sport fisherman and enjoyed many successful trips aboard his vessel the "High Return".

He is survived by his wife, Jill, daughter, Keegan and son Colin; granddaughters, Ellie Rue and Delilah Kavanagh; parents Rose and Gerald "Jerry" Kavanagh; brothers, Kevin, Christopher and Patrick; and sister Maureen; as well as many, loving aunts and uncles in Ireland who mourn his loss.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to Surfers Healing Folly, 487 Planters Trace, Charleston, SC 29412 or Courageous Kidz, 230 Old Dominion Drive, Charleston, SC 29418.

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