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J. Richard 'Dick' Gaffney

April 23, 2022

J. Richard "Dick" Gaffney, 91, of Watertown passed away Saturday morning, April 23, 2022, at Samaritan Summit Village.

Dick was born in Watertown on January 31, 1931, son of the late C. Roland and Edna A. (Allore) Gaffney. He graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy in 1949. On May 12, 1962 he married Linda I. Pipe at Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville with Rev. James J. Ruddy officiating. Mrs. Gaffney passed away on December 21, 2009.

For over 40 years, Dick was an installer for NY Telephone Co. Upon retirement he established C & D Enterprises, selling and installing phone systems for over 5 years.

Dick was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church. He was a member of Elks Lodge 496, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Highline Hunting Club. He was a co-founder of the North Country Goes Green Irish Festival. He served as a volunteer and Chairman for over 25 years. Dick was an avid outdoors man, and thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also loved remodeling and carpentry.

He is survived by his three children, Sharon E. Navarra and husband Jacob, Watertown, Melissa A. Puccia and husband John J., Watertown and Steven J. Gaffney and wife Lynn S., Clayton; seven grandchildren; brother David R. Gaffney and wife Phyllis, Cape Vincent; brother-in-law Kishor Mehta, Lubbock, TX; sister-in-law Judy Brenon, Pillar Point, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His sister, Mary Ann Mehta, died before him.

The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 29, at 1 PM at St. Patrick's Church followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery. Donations in Dick's name may be made to North Country Goes Green Irish Festival, P.O. Box 6143, Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#20 Lew Crossway 2022-05-01 21:46
Melissa,Sharon, Steve and family
Our sincere thoughts and prayers
Lew and Vicky Crossway
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#19 Kevin Walsh 2022-05-01 13:01
Condolences ❤️ Dick used to fish with my dad John E. Walsh. I was maybe 5 and remember Dick fishing with us. We used to go out to charity shoal alot.
Prayers for the family
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#18 Lenny Sheitz 2022-04-29 15:28
Our deepest condolences to all the family. Lenny has known Dick for many years through his parents Roger and Barbara Sheitz. He has many fond memories of the years at the High Line Club. He certainly left his mark in our community with his infamous Irish Festival that everyone so dearly loved and became Irish for a day!. Unfortunately the only time we seemed to see him in recent years was at funerals and wakes for old family friends. I believe the last time we spoke with him was at Ruth Fisk's services. The tribute that Steven shared today at Mass was a perfect dedication of love that you all share! Our sympathies for your loss, Darlene and Lenny.
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#17 Bill Caulder 2022-04-28 14:07
Dick was a man’s man, jovial, kind-hearted and always had a witty joke to add to the conversation. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Dick at the Highline as he always seemed most in his place up there. He lived life in a great way and I know that Steve, Sharon, and Melissa are lucky to have had such a great dad. I will remember all of the great experiences I had with Dick fondly and will surely miss him. He was a great man.
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#16 David Bonney 2022-04-28 13:35
Jann and I are saddened by Dick’s passing. We always enjoyed our conversations each and every time we would see him. May he Rest In Peace.
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#15 AD Butch Brown 2022-04-28 08:55
Steve, Sharon, Melissa
My deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and all the rest of Dick's large family. Dick was a very special person. I will sorely miss our talks about people and times past when he was up to the place he loved --The Big Camp and his own camp. Butch Brown
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#14 Ed & Mary Wallace 2022-04-27 15:59
We were saddened to hear of Dick's passing. Always a gentleman and proud Irishman. He did a great deal to make the Irish Festival what it became, along with Bill Archer, which helped many in the community. RIP
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#13 Brian Lantier 2022-04-27 14:47
Steve, Melissa and Sharon,
You are all in our thoughts as you go through this difficult time. Your father was an inspiration and one of the kindest souls I've ever had the pleasure of meeting.
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#12 Charles Truax 2022-04-27 12:09
Dear Sharon please accept my condolences. May you find comfort every time you think of your father’s love for you.
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#11 Rosanne Burns Bowman 2022-04-27 10:38
Heartbreaking news. Dick was our first paperboy on W. TenEyck St. and friend of all Irish Festival participants over the years. He will be greatly missed. My prayers and condolences are conveyed to his family.
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