Another Good One Is Gone

Thomas “Criminal” Cavanaugh passed away on Monday morning, May 12, 2008. Criminal was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on a Friday the 13th  in 1943. He was 64. Criminal lived in West Palm Beach, Florida for over forty years. Years ago, he owned a motorcycle shop, and later, usually worked out of his garage, continuously wrenching and helping bikers in his South Florida community when he wasn’t on the road. He met Samantha Morgan when she was just a teenager and their lives were spent sharing the thrill and experiences that only the Wall of Death motor dromes could bring. He was deeply loved by his family and enormous amounts of close friends and associates all over the world. He would give you the shirt off his back. He may have died suddenly of a massive heart attack while planning memorial celebrations for his beloved Samantha (as Sam Morgan passed away a week prior). He really died of a broken heart. So lift your eyes to Heaven and give a wink, as he and Samantha look over us now, riding their motorcycles across the twilight sun’s cloud canyons. They are free at last.
Memorial Life Celebrations have been combined and are being held: Saturday, May 24, 2008, VFW Hall   # 2007 2:00pm-6:00pm 1126 Clare Ave. West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. (Food donations for this tribute are greatly appreciated. Contact Hank Ware at the VFW # 561-833-0687). Over night reservations, contact: The Holiday Inn 1301 Belvedere Rd. West Palm Beach, Florida. 561-659-3880. 
In lieu of flowers: monetary donations are being accepted. Please send letters and cards to: Joanne Cavanaugh Darragh. 4831 Alberta Ave. West Palm Beach, FL 33417.

7 Responses to “Another Good One Is Gone”

  1. 1 madpuppy May 16th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Rest in peace “Criminal” and Samantha !

  2. 2 rodent May 16th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I’ll miss Sam and Crim

  3. 3 Dave B. May 16th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Man, the biker community has lost a LOT of its most recognizable faces in the last few years… when I start counting it is startling. I didn’t know Samantha or Criminal personally, but have watched the wall performances at events, and you could tell the way they interacted with the crowd, or one on one, they were the genuine article. To say the least, a very noticable absence will be felt at future events. Travel well, and Godspeed.

  4. 4 ROGUE May 18th, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Criminal: Thanks for being my friend and the things you did for people.
    I will miss you and Sam but I am sure you are riding together and keeping a eye over us until it is time to se us again.

  5. 5 psychodrew May 19th, 2008 at 5:02 pm


  6. 6 sebringmokie May 19th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    I met Criminal just before he move to Fla. Then again after Big Bill moved to WPB. Samantha was allways there at Criminals. What a beautiful woman, looks and in heart. All three are missed, Riding forever. Crim I miss your Tuna Caserol, with Fretoes and Ice Milk. RIP.Brothers and Sister

  7. 7 Fat Joe Sep 10th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    I met Sam at Criminals house in WPB 29 years ago, when she was just 24 years old. It was easy to see even back then that they held a place in each others hearts that would last forever. I do believe that he died of a broken heart, since whenever I saw him with her there was always a gleam in their eyes when they looked at each other. You could sense the admiration, respect and love that they felt towards one another, but most of all it was obvious that she meant more to him than anything else.

    The Biker World has lost two magnificent people that epitomized the meaning of the “Biker” lifestyle and it is with deep sorrow that I write these words knowing that I’ve lost a “Brother and Sister” that by far deserve more than these mere words can ever attempt to express.

    I know that heaven just got even better with their arrival, and that right now they’re jammin through heavens highways with their faces in the wind feeling no pain, just peace, joy and happiness as they bang through the gears while jammin on down the road.

    R.I.P. Thomas “Criminal” Cavanaugh and Samantha Morgan Storm, (Gone But Not Forgotten)

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