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.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to the Alzheimer's Research Org. at www.alzfdn.org.
|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.