Father Charles A. Gaffigan SchenectadyFather Charles A. Gaffigan, 79, died Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the Gateway House of Peace in Ballston Spa. Fr. Gaffigan was born in Hudson, NY on June 6, 1935 to the late William and Mary Butts Gaffigan. He attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT and Mater Christi Seminary in Albany where he was in the first graduating class. His philosophical and theological studies were completed at Our Lady of the Angels Seminary in Niagara, NY. After ordination Fr. Gaffigan was assigned for the summer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Schenectady. In June of 1963 he was assigned as associate pastor of St. James in Albany with teaching responsibilities at Cardinal McCloskey High School. During the next decade he was appointed associate pastor successively in St. Michael's in South Glens Falls, St. Joseph's in Broadalbin and Annunciation in Ilion. In the early 1980s he also served in St. Mary's in Glens Falls. In September of 1974 he was appointed pastor of Precious Blood parish in South Kortright and was the Dean of Delaware County from 1976-1978. He was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Philmont and he served as Dean of Columbia County from 1984-1986. He was appointed pastor of Holy Family Church in Lake Luzerne in 1991, to which was added the additional responsibility of pastor of Immaculate Conception in Corinth in 2003. In 2009 these two parishes merged as the Parish of Holy Mother and Child. Fr. Gaffigan retired from administrative responsibilities in 2011 and since then has generously offered his priestly service throughout the diocese, most recently at St. Adalbert's in Schenectady. Fr. Gaffigan always had a great love for learning: he went on sabbatical to Notre Dame in 1988 and for years attended the Institute for Priests sponsored by Seton Hall University. He will also be remembered for his door-to-door ministry in Gloversville. Father was also a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Fr. Gaffigan was predeceased by two siblings, Robert E. Gaffigan and Mary Gaffigan Sorel. He is survived by four siblings, Sister Anne Gaffigan, C.S.J. of Latham, John J. Gaffigan of Schenectady, Fr. William J. Gaffigan of Hagaman and Joseph W. Gaffigan of Broomfield, CO; three nieces, Mrs. Louis Walsh, Melissa Sorel and Mrs. Scott Trefethen; and one nephew, William Sorel. A Reception of the Body service will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 4 at St. Luke's Church, 1235 State St., Schenectady. Viewing hours will begin after the Reception of the Body service and continue until 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial, with the Most Reverend Edward Scharfenberger, D.D., Bishop of Albany as the principal celebrant, will be celebrated at St. Luke's Church, Friday morning at 11. Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. In place of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Diocese Priest Retirement Fund, 40 North Main Ave., Albany, NY 12203 or to the Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Arrangements are by the Gleason Funeral Home, Schenectady.