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James Caraher

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James Richard Caraher, 85, of Harwich, MA, formerly of Stamford, CT entered into eternal rest on September 14, 2013. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Utica, New York on June 10, 1928, the son of Grace and Harold Caraher. He was a graduate of North Syracuse High School in 1946, and went on to join the United States Navy serving during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged in 1952, he then attended The Bridgeport Engineering Institute where he graduated and received a degree in electrical engineering. James then began a long and distinguished career at Machlett-Raytheon Laboratories in Stamford and was awarded several U.S. Patents for his inventions which included some related to X-ray and CAT scan technology still in use today. James was predeceased by his loving wife of 42 years, Catherine Irene Caraher. He is survived by his three children, Kathleen Caraher of Shelburne VT, Michael Caraher and his wife Meg of Stamford CT, and Susan Caraher-Devine and her husband Timothy of Monroe, CT and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his long time dear friend and beloved companion Erika Boerger. James was passionately dedicated to his family and friends. He always made himself available to help anyone in need. His enormous presence filled a room with smiles and laughter. He was a tremendous supporter and advocate of The Boy Scouts of America and led Troop 78 as its Scout Master for a number of years in Stamford. He was a gifted craftsman and enjoyed woodworking and building things for his family and friends. James and his family spent many of their summer vacations on Cape Cod. It was one of his favorite places and ultimately his home with his cherished companion. He was truly loved and will be greatly missed. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Church 403 Scofieldtown Road Stamford, CT at 11:00am on Friday September 27, 2013. A private family burial at Long Ridge Union Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests considering a donation made to either The donate.cancer.org/index or to Boy Scouts of America aplacetogive.scouting.org To leave online condolences please visit leopgallagherstamford.com

Published in The Cape Codder from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3, 2013
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