Joan Maria Cox McCaffrey
1942 - 2020
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Joan Maria Cox McCaffrey

Bronxville - Joan Maria Cox McCaffrey of Bronxville, New York, died at Lawrence Hospital on July 26, 2020, of pancreatic cancer. Joan was the devoted wife of James B. McCaffrey and the beloved mother of Mary Elizabeth (Mimi) of New York City, Kathleen McCaffrey Baynes of Albany, New York, Sara Jane McCaffrey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Deirdre McCaffrey of Greenwich, Connecticut, Clare McCaffrey of Alexandria, Virginia, and Kiera McCaffrey Poumade of Alexandria, Virginia. She is survived also by her sons-in-law, Christopher Baynes, Matthew Bidwell, Robert Mate, and James Poumade. Joan was the devoted grandmother of Taylor McCaffrey, Emmett and Anna Baynes, James and Margaret ("Daisy") Bidwell, and Maria, Dulce, Robert ("Beto"), and Cecelia ("Ceci") Mate. Joan is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Patricia Cox, of Savannah, Georgia, and her sister-in-law, Rosemarie McCaffrey Keane of Westhampton, New York. Joan was born in the Bronx in 1942. Her parents were Mary (Doherty) and Michael Cox, both born in Ireland. Joan attended Sacred Heart School in Highbridge, as did her future husband, James McCaffrey. She graduated from St. Jean Baptiste High School in New York City, and received her Bachelor of Science from D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York. She was a Registered Nurse. Joan Cox and James McCaffrey were married at Sacred Heart Church in 1965. In 1973, they moved to Bronxville, New York, where they have lived ever since. After Joan raised their six daughters, she received a degree in computer science at Iona College. Later, she was a successful headhunter. When she finally retired, she began volunteering at Calvary Hospital, eventually being honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2014. She continued to volunteer, even when she was being treated for cancer, stopping only in February of this year. She was an enthusiastic bridge player who was a mainstay when it came to organizing the biweekly bridge games. St. Joseph Church was central to her life, which reflected her devotion to her Catholic faith. Friends are invited to visit at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home this Tuesday, July 28, between the hours of 4pm and 8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 9:45 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Bronxville, New York. People requesting organizations to which to make donations in Joan's honor may consider Calvary Hospital, Bronx, New York, ( and Pregnancy Care Center Inc (

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Published in The Journal News from Jul. 27 to Jul. 28, 2020.
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July 29, 2020
Joan,, Jim and I shared our Highbridge background, our Sacred Heart education and parish - Church of St. Joseph. Joan lived the values learned in church and school. Her vibrant spirit and volunteer work was a gift to all who knew her. RIP
Mary Hehir O’Donnell
July 29, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Joan was a Beautiful Person, inside and out... As former Volunteer Director, I had the pleasure of training her to join out team and to work along side her. She exemplified the true meaning of the definition of what a volunteer is, always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. Her kindness and compassion were always appreciated by the patients whose lives she touched..Surely, she will be missed.. Loved you, Joanie! God Bless You... RIP..❤❤❤
Joanne Medici
July 28, 2020
Joan, i have known you all my life. There has never been a finer person than you.
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