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Rev. Edward Francis Caffrey

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Reverend Edward Francis CAFFREY Rev. Edward F. Caffrey, 80, well-known eastern Washington Roman Catholic priest, passed away March 20 in Spokane Valley. Father Caffrey had been a priest for 54 years. He was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho November 2, 1930 and grew up in Rathdrum, Idaho and Spokane. He graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1948, and after attending Gonzaga University, in 1953, he entered St. Edward Seminary near Seattle, completing his studies in 1957 when he was ordained a priest. Father Caffrey has served in numerous pastoral capacities in eastern Washington, including principal of DeSales High School in Walla Walla, Chaplin of the Washington State University Newman Center in Pullman, pastor of Walla Walla Assumption Parish, and pastor of St. Mary's Presentation in Deer Park where he retired in 2002. He also served in the Cathedral, Sacred Heart Parish, and Marycliff High School in Spokane early in his priesthood. Following his retirement he lived in Pullman for seven years. Father Caffrey was known as a24/7 priest, always on call, rarely taking time off and leading a life with few frills. He is of Irish-Scots ancestry and loved St. Patrick's Day. He was known for his inspirational homilies, which if written, were nothing more than a few bullet points on the back of an envelope, and for his scholarship, keen wit, humor and story telling. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Francis (Frank) and Grace Caffrey, Spokane, and his sister, Mary Louise Clutter, Marysville, who passed away in 2009. He is survived by his brother, Dennis Caffrey (Mary Ellen), Stratford, CT; and sisters Jewel Thompson, Phoenix, AZ; and Sheila Kern (Jim), Seattle, WA. Father Caffrey has numerous nieces and nephews. Rosary on March 31 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Presentation in Deer Park, WA; funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary's Presentation on April 1 at 11 a.m. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Lauer Funeral Home in Deer Park.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 27, 2011
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