Gaffney, Joseph

December 28th, 2009

Joseph J. Gaffney, Sr., age 78, a long-time resident of Tewksbury, formerly of Wilmington and Stoneham, died peacefully at home on Monday, December 28, 2009, with his family at his side.

Joe was born in Woburn, MA, on April 29, 1931, he was the dear son of the late Christopher and Gertrude (Holman) Gaffney. Joe grew up in Reading, MA, and was a graduate of Reading High School. Upon graduating High School, Joe enlisted in the United States Army on September 1, 1949, during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged on December 18, 1952, Joe returned to Reading. He married Shirley A. Temple on June 6, 1954 and the couple settled in Wilmington for a few years, they later moved to Stoneham where they resided for over 25 years and raised their three children. Joe and Shirley moved to Tewksbury in the late 1970’s.

Joe was employed as a truck driver for beverage company and after that he worked at a meat plant. He also worked for Raffi & Swanson Company in Wilmington for many years until his retirement.

In his spare time Joe enjoyed dancing, his scratch tickets, driving around in his 1966 Buick Electra convertible, following the Red Sox, gardening, spending time with his family,watching his grandchildren grow up, and traveling to Florida to visit family.

Joe was the beloved husband of Shirley A. (Temple) Gaffney, devoted father of Joseph J. Gaffney, Jr. of Methuen, Debra Andrews & her husband Richard of Palm Bay, FL, and David Gaffney of Tewksbury, loving grandfather of Richard Andrews, Jr., Kevin Andrews, Alyssa Gaffney, April Gaffney, Melissa Gaffney, Miranda Gaffney, and great-grandson Cristiano Andrews, dear brother of Michael Gaffney & his wife Isabel of Chicago, IL, Mary Kennedy of Hudson, NH, and the late John Gaffney, Paul Gaffney, Ann Cote, and Louise Ouelette, Joe is also survived by several brothers and sister-in-law and many nieces & nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, January 2nd from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations in Joe’s name may be made to the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center at Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.


16 Entries in Guest Book for “Gaffney, Joseph”



  2. Carol Bryand says:

    Uncle Joe, you are going to be missed, We love you.

  3. Michelle Denault says:

    I am sorry to hear the news Aunt Shirley, I will say my prayers for Joe, you and Joe’s family. May he be in peace, I am very sorry I will not be able to attend the funeral. I will be thinking of you and sending my prayers.

  4. Kimberly Denault says:

    I am so sorry, Aunt Shirley. I am glad last time I saw Joe he was happy and enjoying himself. God bless you and your whole family, especially your granddaughters. If you need anything, let me know. Love, Kimmie

  5. Linda Denault says:

    May he rest in peace. He truely will be missed. He always made me laugh. A deliteful man. I to will miss the service for Joe. He will be in my prayers. May the Lord bless Joe, Shirley and their family. Linda Denault

  6. Michele & Dave says:

    Shirley, Joey, Debbie & David – We were so sorry to hear about Joe. May his memories give you all strength to move on and enjoy life as Joe would want you to.
    Knowing Joe, he’s in heaven right now having a cold one and, guess what, we’ll all be there someday to share one with him! Cheers, Joe! You will surely be missed, especially your sense of humor and your laugh. Peace to you. Michele & Dave

  7. Rick Andrews says:

    Grandpa had a great sense of life humor and always made me laugh. I always remember his happiness and am grateful that he go to meet his great-grandson. Love you and miss you

  8. cathy says:

    Dear Shirley and Family,
    I’m so glad that I got to know Joe if even for a short time. He was a
    sweet guy with a great sense of humor. I know that he’s with the Lord.
    I saw that smile on his face after he passed away. It’s something beautiful that I will never forget. I’m so thankful that God made it possible for me to be there to witness the beauty on Joe’s face at that
    precious moment when he went home! I’ll be praying for you all, that God will give you peace in knowing where Joe is and comfort in the beautiful memories that you have of Joe.
    God Bless you all
    your friend and neighbor

  9. paul gagnon says:

    joe will deffinately be missed ,my thoughts and prayers are with joe and his family,

  10. Cheryl Gaffney says:

    Shirley, Joey, Debbie & David – I’m so Sorry to hear about Joe, I never forget him as Good Guy, very funny and sense of humor. I have alot of memories about him with Family with all fun times we had, I surely do will miss him! He is watching over us with his siblings. I will see you there up in Heaven someday! Cheryl Gaffney~~

  11. Joseph Gaffney, Jr. says:

    Dad, what else can I say? you don’t have a bad bone in your body. you never said “no”. you were always there for me in good times and in bad. I love you and miss you til we meet again. rest in peace..Love..JOEY

  12. Melissa Gaffney says:

    Grandpa knowing how much you suffered it just made me so upset.but now i know that you are in a better place I know that you are always watching over everybody in the family. I will never forget you and your sense of humor. I will meet you up in heaven someday!!!!

  13. Jimmy and Celeste says:

    Debbie, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. To read all of the entries here it is not hard to tell that he was a great guy. Our condolenses to you and your family. Jimmy and Celeste

  14. Dennis and Janet Topping says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts and Prays goes to you and your whole family
    With our most deepest Sympathy
    Dennis and Janet Topping

  15. Dianne Thibodeau says:

    Uncle Joe, Your gonna be missed by ALL of us, We’re gonna miss your BIG SMILE, and the dancing u use to do at My Mom’s. Love U always
    Dianne & Family.

  16. MIchael Sawyer says:

    Uncle Joe, you will be missed. I wish I saw you more in resent times, you always made me smile. It would have been great to watch the Sox with you.
    Love from FL
    Sawyer & Family

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