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Claire Lafferty

April 18, 2022

Claire LaffertyClaire Lafferty of Watertown, NY, passed away April 18, 2022, with her family by her side. Caring for her family, baking pies and making sure her husband wore the right pants three days before her death, Claire lived an incredibly full life. A life of service to others. A life of faith.

Fittingly, her heart gave out - a heart that had given more than any heart was built to give.

Claire’s life of service began on the farm she grew up on in West Chazy, NY, where she was born on February 20, 1935. She and her twin brother, Clarence, were the seventh and eighth children of the Golden family.

After working on the farm and graduating from Morrisonville High School at the age of 17, she entered the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Watertown, NY. Graduating as a registered nurse in 1954, she first worked at the Champlain Valley Hospital, in Plattsburgh, NY, before returning to Mercy Hospital, where she cared for patients until 1966.

Claire married her husband of nearly 58 years, Jim Lafferty, on May 9, 1964. Two years later they welcomed their son, Patrick, and, in 1968, their daughter, Bridget. Claire and Jim's love was a match made in heaven, a wonderful example to all who knew them.

Claire was a chronic giver. She was happiest when providing for those around her. She especially loved feeding others with her delicious cooking and baking. Grandma Claire's cakes, pies, and turkey dinners were world famous. Well, maybe not world-famous, but don't try to tell that to her grandkids.

Claire was greeted in heaven by her parents Frank Golden and Jenny Conway Golden, and her siblings and their spouses, Margaret (Harold) Forbes, Francis (May) Golden, Dorothy Golden, Raymond (Janet) Golden, Ruth (Francis) Moore, and Phillip Golden.

Claire is survived by her husband, Jim, children Patrick (Maureen) Lafferty of Old Greenwich, CT, Bridget (Rob) Finster or Watertown, NY, as well as her seven grandchildren, Katie Lafferty, Bridget (Jack) Gregg, Sydney Finster, Maggie Finster, Lisa Lafferty, Kelsey Finster, and SeanPatrick Lafferty. Claire also leaves her brother, Clarence Golden of West Chazy, NY, and many wonderful nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

Calling hours will be Friday, April 22, 2022, from 4-7pm at the Cummings Funeral Home at 214 Sterling St. Watertown NY. The funeral Mass will be on Saturday, April 23, 11am at Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., Watertown NY. And, Claire's burial will be on May 13th, 1pm at St. Alexander's Church Cemetery, in Morrisonville, NY.

Donations in Claire's name can be made to the Sisters of the Precious Blood, 400 Pratt Street, Watertown, NY, 13601, and St. Alexander's Catholic Church, 1 Church St. Morrisonville, NY 12962. Online condolences to Claire's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#21 Charles Stage 2022-04-25 12:33
My deepest condolences and heartfelt wishes of GOD'S blessings to you Jim and the family. She was indeed a wonderful person and kept you on the good path Marine. I am sure it must make you smile a bit to know that she was here to see you go to the dogs. My Prayers and thoughts are with you Jim.
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#20 Peter&Jo Ann Burns 2022-04-23 21:15
We are so sorry to hear of Claire’s passing. She was a wonderful lady that anchored a solid family. We were blessed to have known her. May she Rest In Peace.
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#19 Michele Bryant 2022-04-23 09:36
Bob and I send our deepest sympathies at this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.
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#18 Michele Bryant 2022-04-23 09:34
Bob and I offer our deepest sympathies at this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#17 TG Kolb 2022-04-21 21:07
Mr. Lafferty and family:
I am saddened for your loss but hopeful that there is a powerful, kind, gentle sweet lady looking down over all of us. Our world surly needs it at this time. I also wish I had the wisdom and knowledge of the many kind remarks your dad has offered me along the way. I am so thankful to have known your mom and to be able to talk with your over the years. Prayers to all of you.. Tg and family.
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#16 Kathy Northrup 2022-04-21 19:48
Mr. Lafferty-what a lovely obituary for a lovely person. I am sorry to hear of her passing. May your faith comfort and sustain you.
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#15 Kim Fraser- Nors 2022-04-21 14:04
We are very sorry to hear about Claire’s passing. I have wonderful memories of her when all of us would go to Jim and Claire’s home as teenagers. Claire always had a treat for us and was a beautiful soul. She welcomed us with open arms.
I’m certain she is with Jesus now sending prayers for all of us. God bless her family.
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#14 Ed Mentry 2022-04-21 13:27
Just heard of your mother’s passing. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all.
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#13 CHARLOTTE MASON 2022-04-21 12:17
Jim and family---so sorry to read of Claire's passing. She always had a smile , kind words of encouragement, and was a friend to many MERCY School of Nursing Alumni----Charl otte Mason Mercy Class of 1961
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#12 Karen Fiske 2022-04-21 11:37
Jim and family. I am so sorry to hear of Claire’s passing. She was such a wonderful, lovely lady. Please accept my condolences. May she Rest In Peace.
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