MICHAEL JAMES GAFFNEY
Michael James Gaffney, formerly of Framingham, MA, passed away on February 14, 2013 after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. He attended both public and private schools there. At the time of his death he was residing and practicing law in Silver Springs, MD. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Viet Nam. After his discharge from service, he received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In 1976 he earned his Jurist Doctor from Antioch School of Law. He was a founding member of the Military Law Task Force (MLTF) of the National Lawyers Guild dedicated to the rights of veterans and was Counsel to the Viet Nam's Veteran's Association (VVA). Michael was pre-deceased by his wife Naimah, his step-daughter April, and his mother, father and brother, John. He leaves behind two sisters, Kathleen and Heather, three brothers, Brian, Neylan and Collin, his sister-in-law, Evelin, his step-son Robert and numerous nieces and nephews. He is remembered as a loving and caring brother and one who devoted his professional career to assisting veterans. He will be interred at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA with his brother.
Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 26, 2013.