John S. McCaffrey
of Leominster, USPS retiree, Navy Vet; 91
LEOMINSTER -- John Stuart McCaffrey, 91 years old, an Officer and a Gentleman always, of Leominster, died June 17, 2013, in the Keystone Center of Leominster, slipped the bounds of earth to be with his Lord and Savior.
He leaves his son John "Jay" McCaffrey and his wife, Melinda of Leominster; two daughters, Sandra Scholtz and her husband, David of Salisbury, and Susan Funaiole and her husband, Ronald of Townsend; and his foster brother, Harvey Bergeron of Maryland.
He also leaves 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. John was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Ruth A. (Perry) McCaffrey in June 2010, and his daughter-in-law, Betty (Powers) McCaffrey.
He was also predeceased by his brother Donald F. McCaffrey and foster brothers Robert Burns, Francis Cooney and Francis Bergeron.
John was born March 26, 1922 in Leominster, the son of John P. and Rita A. (McCue) McCaffrey. He graduated from Leominster High School and Fitchburg State College and enlisted in the U.S. Navy
. He attended officer candidate school at both Ohio State University
in Columbus, Ohio and Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. He served during World War II
on the Pacific Front, on the USS Okaloosa APA 219 transport ship as a Lieutenant.
John taught school in Townsend after returning from the war, and then worked as a manager for Bay State Plastics and Girard Tool & Die in Leominster, before working for the U.S. Postal Service in the Leominster office, until his retirement.
John was a member of Holy Family of Nazareth Church in Leominster. He was an avid hockey fan and John was able to listen to the Bruins quest for the cup on TV and radio, having lost his sight to macular degeneration.
McCAFFRREY -- Funeral services will be private. The Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster is assisting the family with arrangements. www.richardsonfuneralhome.net