Frank RAFFERTY (Retired SFPD)

Frank James Rafferty passed away at home on September 19, 2013 surrounded by his family at the age of 86. Frank was born to Agnes (Winslow) and William Rafferty and raised in San Francisco, the city that he loved. He is pre-deceased by his parents, brother William and sister Ethel (McDonald). He married Rinda (Kinard) on September 18, 1954 and started a family, eventually moving to Novato in 1972. During World War II, he served proudly with the United States Coast Guard receiving an honorable discharge in 1946. He had a successful career with the San Francisco Police Department, retiring as a Lieutenant in 1981 after thirty years of service. Those who spent time with Frank enjoyed the many stories of his life growing up in San Francisco, his days on the police force, and especially his days with the Mounted Patrol riding his horse Fred in Golden Gate Park and on Ocean Beach. The stories were amazing and spoke of a time that many of us never knew, experiences many never have, and told with the sense of humor that only Frank had. During retirement he and Rinda traveled throughout California and in more recent years he spent time with his family and took many rides with Rinda to look at the ocean or the river, something they loved to do together. Everyone who met him loved him, finding a kind and generous man under a sometimes gruff exterior. He loved and was very proud of his family and had a sense of integrity and honor like no other. Frank is survived by Rinda Rafferty, his wife of 59 years, daughter Kathy Joyner (Bret), daughter Laurie Loeffler (Peter), son Michael Rafferty and grandsons Adam and Nick Joyner. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and a friend to many. Respecting his wishes, there will be no formal services. Please raise a toast to Frank to remember and honor him as he rides off into the sunset. Donations may be made in Frank's honor to Marin General Hospital Foundation (Radiation Oncology Department), the United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco, or a .

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2013