JAMES JOSEPH GAFFNEY
1933 - 2020
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GAFFNEY, James Joseph On Sat. Oct 17th 2020, James Joseph Gaffney, known by all as Joe, passed away quietly in his sleep at the age of 86 at his home in Dorchester. Joe was born in Glencar, County Leitrim Ireland, on December 12th 1933 to Bernard and Lena (Clancy) Gaffney. He immigrated to Dorchester in 1957 where he met and married the late Anna Theresa Kent of County Wexford, Ireland. They raised three sons Joseph, Emmet and Bernard Gaffney who gave Joe 6 wonderful grandchildren: William, Anastasia, Andrew, Stephen, Amelia and Sophia. After Anna was taken early from cancer, Joe was blessed to have the late Catherine Nee enter his life to be a loving and welcomed part of the family. Joe Gaffney was a man with solid character, with a solution to every problem and who never lost his Irishness. Despite living with Multiple Sclerosis, Joe lived a full and happy life. Every challenge was an opportunity to look on the blessings he was given, not the hardships he had to endure. Joe loved knowledge, and sharing it, and was a fixture in Boston's Irish community: he was the quick wit in the corner of every Irish social event, and he loved being surrounded by people, dance and Irish music. He was a proud member of Dublin's Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, and a devout Catholic. Joe's generosity, kind words and love for life will never be forgotten. Joe joins Anna and Catherine in heaven as well as his brothers, John, Bernard and Francis Gaffney. He leaves behind, to honor his memory, his children and grandchildren, his sisters Roseleen Wier, Kathleen Fahey and Rita DuFour, and his brothers Hughie, Desmond and Leo Gaffney as well as many nieces and nephews. Our father loved you all, and in these difficult times he would have been very upset if anyone ever got ill, even for a good party for him therefore a Private Funeral Mass will be held Friday, October 23rd at 11am interment to follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. To Live Stream Joe's Funeral Mass, please go to the following link https://vimeo.com/event/393646/8752010d76. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested in his name for the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Leitrim Society. For guestbook, www.gormleyfuneral.com William J. Gormley Funeral Service 617-323-8600


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Published in Boston Globe from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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23
Committal
12:00 PM
Cedar Grove Cemetery
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October 30, 2020
Deepest sympathy to Bernard, Joseph and Emmet and extended Gaffney family on the death of Joe He was a great man for advice and help. We had many a good afternoon with fun and laughter in your home in Dorchester. May Joe rest in peace.


Eugene and Anne Donohoe
Friend
October 30, 2020
Deepest sympathy to Bernard, Joseph and Emmet and extended Gaffney family on the death of Joe He was a great man for advice and help. We had many a good afternoon with fun and laughter in your home in Dorchester. May Joe rest in peace


Eugene and Anne Donohoe
Friend
October 28, 2020
I worked at Dorchester CHC, where Joe got his healthcare, for a number of years. After I introduced myself to him and told him I was a set dancer he would come to my office whenever he came in and we would chat about people we knew in common and the music an the joy of dancing the sets. he would sometimes bring me a loaf of Irish bread from Green Hills bakery.
He was always such a gentleman and a pleasure to talk to. Always so upbeat in spite of his issues. I was very lucky to know him!
Maryanne Dineen-Norton
Acquaintance
October 22, 2020
We love you Jospeh soo much. You will always hold a special place in our hearts. We thank God for allowing us be apart of your life. Our sincere condolences to the Gaffney family.
Geovanna, Jayden and Gianna
Friend
October 22, 2020
It was both an honor and a pleasure to work with Joseph. He was a father-like figure in my life. He had such a beautiful soul and kind heart. He loved and accepted myself and my children as if we were his own. I enjoyed every minute that God allowed me to spend with him. I did my best to care and comfort him up until his final moments. I miss him every day. I hold the memories that we shared together close to my heart. May he rest peacefully. My deepest condolences to the Gaffney Family.
Francisca Depina
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October 22, 2020
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October 20, 2020
THE ANGELS CALLED JOE HOME. MAY JOE REST IN ETERNAL PEACE WITH THE LORD. HOPING THAT AII THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES YOU HAVE WILL BRING PEACE AND COMFORT. MAY GOD HOLD JOE IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.

Teresa kiernan
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October 20, 2020
Sincere sympathy to the extended Gaffney families on the passing of Joe.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.
Oliver & Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Acquaintance
October 20, 2020
Always a gentleman and so proud of his Irish heritage. Joe had the best outlook of any man under such circumstances. Ne never forgot where he came from and even in trying circumstances was s progressive in his thinking. Joe was presented by the Knights and Ladies of St. Finbarr - Cork club with the very special Fr. Dan Finn award for his enormous contribution over many years to the Irish population in Boston. Joseph will be missed by the many friends he made during his lifetime.
Richard Archer
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