Cavan Joseph Bolger (SPC 1945-52)

December 1, 2021

Cavan Bolger.

We send our deepest condolences to the family of Old Collegian Cavan Joseph Bolger (SPC 1945-52) who passed away on October 31, 2021 in Melbourne, aged 89 years.

A Requiem Mass was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Hawthorn on November 5.
Cavan was the only child of Patrick and Catherine Bolger and was the dearly loved husband of Eleanor and father of Anna, Liam, Edwina, Piers and Michaela and their extended families, including seven grandchildren.
Cavan was a boarder at SPC from Horsham. He repeated matriculation after 12 months absence owing to illness. In his final year, he was elected Prefect and was a Councillor of Our Lady’s Sodality and Vice-President of the St Vincent de Paul Society and won a Commonwealth Scholarship.

He was also the Treasurer of the Holy Name Society and member of the SPC Altar Society. The 1952 College Annual details that in 1950, prior to an accident and illness, which meant he was no longer able to take part in sport, Cavan also played in the Second IV and rowed in the Fourth Crew.
Cavan was also active in the literary and debating society and he was a finalist and second placegetter of an inaugural award – the Galvin Cup – which was named in memory of Rev Br Bernard Galvin, who was Principal of SPC during the late 1920s. Cavan’s speech on “Communism” was described in the 1948-49 College Annual as “outstanding and thoroughly deserving of the many laughs”.

It is understood, that on completing his matric in 1952, Cavan went to university and went into law.

Cavan Bolger, pictured in his Matriculation class in 1952.

Cavan Bolger was a member of the SPC Altar Society, as pictured in the 1952 College Annual.

Cavan Bolger enjoyed debating and was a finalist in the competitions for the inaugural the Galvin Cup.