Kevin J. Gaffney

Died: 2016-07-14
Resided in: Danvers, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2016-07-18 / 4pm-8pm
Service type: Funeral Mass
Service date: 2016-07-19 / 11am
Service location: St. Mary's Danvers MA
Burial type: Burial
Burial date: 2016-07-19
Cemetery: Annunciation
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the Alzheimer's Research Org. at

Kevin J. Gaffney, 88, of Danvers, MA passed away peacefully on July 14, 2016 with family at his side. He was the loving husband of Hope (Callan) Gaffney, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Danvers in 1928, Kevin was a 1946 graduate of Holten High School and graduated the following year from the former Governor Dummer Academy. He earned an Associates Degree from Boston University. Mr. Gaffney had a twenty-two year career with the Mass. State Police, retiring as a lieutenant in 1976. During those years he was stationed in Grafton, Boston Logan Airport, Lynnfield and later as a driver for then Governor John Volpe. He attended the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy with the Governor. He finished his career with the State Police as the head of Fingerprint and Photography Dept. Kevin went on to work as a security officer in the Federal Courthouse in Boston for 13 years. Mr. Gaffney officially retired in 2003 at the age of 75. He was a member of the National Guard for 38 years, serving between 1948-1988 as part of the 2nd Corps of Cadets, Fuze Setters, YDVA. He belonged to the Mass. Former State Police Assoc., Retired Troopers Assoc., Emerald Society, Peabody AOH and KofC. He enjoyed reading and history. Besides his loving wife Hope, he leaves his children; Beth Duncliffe and her husband Bill of Amesbury, Kevin J. Gaffney Jr. and his wife Cheryl of Derry NH and Maureen Gaffney of Middleton. He was a loving grandfather to; Meghan Watson (Matt), Eamonn Duncliffe, Rose Dalton, Rachel Cura and Kylie Gaffney. Also leaving his loving great grandchildren; Connor and Reese Watson and a sister Joanne MacDonald (Rod). He had many nieces, nephews and cousins. Kevin was predeceased by his siblings; Jim, Gerard, Tom, Bob, and Mary Wilson.

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Kevin was always, "Sgt. Gaffney" to me during my 6 years in the National Guard unit at Salem. He was in "C Batter" and I was the Battery Clerk. We did the Tuesday night drills, the weekend trips to Camp Edwards and the summer camp "vacations" to Camp Drum, NY He was a great guy, and together with Sgt. Holden, made the 6 years fly by. Haven't thought about him in years. Wish I had made the effort to connect with him. My sincere condolences to his family. Richard Symmes Beverly, MA
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Sending love and prayers.
So sorry for your loss I know he will be dearly missed. My condolences to your entire family. . Patti (Putnam ) Cripps
So sorry to hear of Kevin's passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gaffney family! Marcia & Jack Pequeno
Dear Hope and family, I was one of Kevin's classmates at the old Massachusetts State Police Academy in Framingham in 1954 where we were members of the 38th Recruit Training Troop. In 1956 we served together during the "Barracks Days" at the old Grafton Barracks (now the MSP Museum and Learning Center) where we were roommates. Another academy classmate, the late Arthur Morrison, served there with us where we were known as "The Three Amigos". Kevin was was one of the finest men I have ever known. Martha and I send deepest condolences and pray he will rest in peace. Jim Lima (Nashua, NH)
My deepest and Heartfelt Condolences to the Gaffney family Kevin was a good man and a trusted friend. He will be missed and will be in my thoughts. Sleep Well Brother, Sleep Well.
To the Gaffney Family: My deepest sympathy at Kevin's passing. We were members of the 38th Training Troop at Mass. State Police Academy. There are not many of us left. Kevin was a wonderful person and dedicated to his service in the State Police and National Guard. May he rest in peace in the hands of the angels. Ed MacCormack, Weymouth, MA.

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