Francis Neil Rafter

Obituary
  • "THE BEST THING I CAN SAY ABOUT UNCE NEIL "FRANK" IS THAT..."
    - JOHN (NEIL) RAFTER
  • "We worked in DOT in the Soils Lab for many years, always a..."
    - Shirley Charbonneau
  • "Pat and family, We are so sorry to hear of your dad's..."
    - Lisa Karam
  • "Frank as We knew him from the class of 57 at Lansingburgh..."
    - Joan Angrisano
  • "Rick and Deb, I'm so sorry for your loss. Diane Fleming"
    - Diane (Powell) Fleming

Rafter, Francis Neil AVERILL PARK Francis Neil Rafter, 81, a longtime resident of Arlene Court died Wednesday morning, September 12, 2018, at the Samaritan Hospital due to a long-term illness. Born and raised in Troy, "Neil" was the son of the late John C. Rafter Jr. Esq. and Jane Brower Rafter; stepson of the late Catherine Tracy Rafter; and husband of the late Elizabeth Gabriels Rafter. Neil served in the Army before beginning his career with the N.Y.S. Dept. of Transportation where worked as a soils engineer. He had retired in the late 1990's due to illness. Neil had resided in Averill Park for over 60 years where he was a communicant of St. Henry's Church. Neil enjoyed music and moonlighted as a drummer with the Gary Johnson Trio and other area groups. Neil also was an avid games man and enjoyed both fishing and Bow Hunting. Survivors include his children, Elizabeth (Eric) Heier of Averill Park, Neil J.J. Rafter of Schenectady, Francis F.R. (Kerry McGrath) Rafter of Orlando, Fla., and Patrick G. (Christine) Rafter of Windham, N.H.; his brother Richard Rafter of Georgia; sister Margaret Daley of Wynantskill; and his grandchildren, Joshua, Emily, Abby, Jacob, Scotland, Brooke and Isabella. Neil was the brother of the late Joseph H. Rafter, John C. Rafter III and Sally Christiansen. Francis Neil's family wishes to thank all of the care givers and the staff at the Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing at Hoosick Falls for the care given to Neil over the past several years. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. in St. Henry's Church, 39 Old Rte. 66, Averill Park followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Henry's Cemetery. If desired donations in memory of Francis Neil Rafter may be made to , P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN, 38148 -0142 (www.stjude.org). Visit perrykomdat.com for directions and a private guestbook.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Sept. 13, 2018
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