James J. Gaffney

James J. Gaffney
Beloved son, brother, and uncle

LOWELL -- James J. Gaffney, 52, of Lowell, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 24, 2012, at his home.

Born November 11, 1959, in Lowell, he was a son of the late James J. Gaffney, and Mary (Gray) Gaffney of Lowell. He attended the local schools, and graduated from Lowell High School with the Class of 1977. James was the last brigadier general of the Lowell High School Boy Officers.

Mr. Gaffney served his country with the United States Army.

James grew up in Belvidere before moving to Providence, RI, and eventually settled back to Lowell residing in the Highlands section of the city for the past 15 years. For many years he was employed as the Commercial Creative Director for Colony Cable in Lowell and later in Providence, Rhode Island. He had a passion for photography, music, as well as his Irish heritage. Additionally, he was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox. James was also involved in many charitable organizations. He was an active member of Green Peace and was a member of the VFW.

In addition to his mother, Mary Gaffney of Lowell, he is survived by two sisters, Meghan Gaffney of Lowell, and Patricia Gaffney Maia and her husband, Philip of Tewksbury; as well as his adopted sister, Catherine Casey of Lowell. He was a dotting uncle to both his niece and god daughter, Alyssa 'Rosie' Maia and nephew Zachary J. Maia of Tewksbury. He was their biggest fan. He also leaves many cousins and close friends whom he considered extended family: Lory and Dave Pratt of Kittery, Maine, as well as, the "Pauls" from Rhode Island, and a dear friend Encarnacao Maia of Lowell.

GAFFNEY -- YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS CALLING HOURS FROM 8 UNTIL 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY AT THE MAHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 187 NESMITH STREET, LOWELL, 978-452-6361. HIS FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH AT 11:00 A.M. MEMORIALS IN HIS NAME MAY BE MADE TO THE NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER OF CROHN'S & COLITIS FOUNDATION, 72 RIVER PARK ST. SUITE 202, NEEDHAM, MA 02494. PLEASE VISIT WWW.MAHONEYFUNERALHOME.COM TO SEND THE FAMILY AN E-CONDOLENCE.


Published in Lowell Sun on Sept. 27, 2012