GAFFNEY Kevin J., 88, of Danvers, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2016 with family at his side. He was the loving husband of Hope (Callan) Gaffney, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Mr. Gaffney had a 22-year career with the Mass. State Police, retiring as a lieutenant in 1976. During those years he was stationed in Grafton, Boston Logan Airport, Lynnfield and later as a driver for then Governor John Volpe. He attended the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy with the Governor. He finished his career with the State Police as the head of Fingerprint and Photography Dept. Kevin went on to work as a security officer in the Federal Courthouse in Boston for 13 years. Mr. Gaffney officially retired in 2003 at the age of 75. He was a member of the National Guard for 38 years, serving between 1948-1988 as part of the 2nd Corps of Cadets, Fuze Setters, YDVA. He belonged to the Mass. Former State Police Assoc., Retired Troopers Assoc., Emerald Society, Peabody AOH and KofC. He enjoyed reading and history. Besides his loving wife, Hope, he leaves his children, Beth Duncliffe and her husband, Bill of Amesbury, Kevin J. Gaffney Jr. and his wife, Cheryl of Derry, N.H. and Maureen Gaffney of Middleton. He was a loving grandfather to; Meghan Watson (Matt), Eamonn Duncliffe, Rose Dalton, Rachel Cura and Kylie Gaffney. Also leaving his loving great-grandchildren, Connor and Reese Watson and a sister, Joanne MacDonald (Rod). He had many nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation on Monday evening in the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., MIDDLETON, (ROUTE 114), from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Kevin on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish, Conant St., Danvers. Burial in Annunciation Cemetery, Danvers. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the Alzheimer's Research Org. at www.alzfdn.org. For guestbook see: www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Boston Herald on July 17, 2016