John Nicholas Gaffney

6 December , 193231 March , 2018

John Nicholas Gaffney was born on 6 December , 1932 and passed away on 31 March , 2018.


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Frank Meade

29 April 2019

I just learned of John’s death from Nick Z., our mutual friend. I'm so sorry not have have gotten the word much earlier.

John was one of my mentors and a friend to whom I always turned for wise and practical advice.
It’s difficult for me to write reminiscences of a great, caring, intelligent, Gentleman whose observations of the world were always erudite, spot-on and predictive. He gave me practical advice on living in various cultures and made my desire to travel for Our Uncle more realistic and a lot more fun.

I’ve known John for over 40 years and it’s difficult to write anything without sounding like I’m over-stating his virtues, but his innate goodness and kindness simply can’t be exaggerated.

You shall always be thankfully in my prayers, John. And thanks for the referral to the Doyers Street barbershop and the restaurants and memories of lunch at the Club!! You always bring a smile to my face, John!

God has Blessed me by knowing you and He now holds you in the palm of his hand, my Good Friend. I look forward to meeting you again!

My sincerest condolences to John’s family and other friends.

Frank Meade

Jonathan Gaffney

6 April 2018

I will always cherish the memories I have spending time with my Grandpa John. He was a kind and caring man who was also very accomplished, traveling all over the world for his work. I was lucky enough to visit during his time working in London and will fondly look back at the fun times I had getting to know him there. He knew I was an avid tennis player, so he always let me stay with him to go to the US Open in Flushing. He always was interested in what I was up to whether over the phone or in-person, even traveling to some of my many tennis matches to root me on. I will miss him very much, but know that he is in a better place now.


nancy gaffney

5 April 2018

We fondly remember John, as a father, grandfather and father-in-law.
We will always remember and cherish the time we spent with him in New York, Washington D.C., Cincinnati, at our cottage in Michigan and in London.
John was always such an easy person to have around, always so pleasant to be with. He was most interesting and it was fascinating to talk with him, especially about his extensive travels. His love of learning was admirable, reading voraciously and even learning a new language in later life.
We loved him dearly and will miss him.
Paul, Nancy, Andrew and Jonathan