Super Sensitive String's
Ellen Cavanaugh Passes Away

Ellen Cavanaugh, vice president of Super-Sensitive Musical String Co. and a music industry veteran of more than 50 years, passed away on July 23 after a hard-fought, three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her family in her final moments at the Hospice House of Sarasota. She was 73.

Cavanaugh's career in the music industry began when she married John Cavanaugh in 1968. Together, they ran their business, Super-Sensitive Musical String Co., for over five decades. As vice president, she oversaw accounting and conventions and enjoyed participating in trade shows. She also served as president and board member of the Music Distributors Association.

According to a company statement, "Cavanaugh always expressed her love for all of the many wonderful people she had the opportunity to meet in the music industry. She had a special spot for all of the talented musicians that endorsed Super-Sensitive's products. People who knew Cavanaugh would remark about how she was full of energy and how she would always put a smile on their face."

Cavanaugh took up playing the violin 15 years ago and joined the local orchestra. She was also an avid bridge player, enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and traveling the world with her husband, with whom she celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2018. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and a constant fixture at their activities. Cavanaugh was an active member of the Church of the Palms and involved in many volunteering activities including the Sarasota Orchestra and La Musica.

Cavanaugh is survived by her husband John Cavanaugh; daughter Caryn (Stephen) Patterson; daughter Mary Ellen (Billy) Bass; and son Jim (Susan) Cavanaugh; brother Gary (Mary) Muckle; and six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Ellen can be made to the Church of the Palms, Sarasota Orchestra or TideWell Hospice, Inc.