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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

Norman Michael Gaffney Jr.

September 10, 1948September 7, 2019
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Norman Michael Gaffney, Jr. September 10, 1948-September 7, 2019

Norm had a multifaceted life which began when he was born in Port Huron, MI to Norman and Jean Gaffney. He spent his early years forming a love for hockey while living and attending schools in different cities; Port Huron and Chicago. He then attended Michigan State University and obtained a BA degree in 1970 while playing hockey for Amo Bessone; he achieved success and then went on to play pro hockey in Europe. He returned to Michigan and taught 5th grade in Mt. Clemens until he decided he wanted to be a lawyer; so he graduated Cooley Law School with a Juris Doctorate degree and opened a general practice law office in downtown Lansing and was an active member of the Ingham and Eaton County Bar Associations during his long, successful career. He retired in 2017.

His association with athletics and MSU never ended. He belonged to many organizations, giving freely of his time and resources. His heart was close to the Blue Line Club. His love of hockey and coaching his son’s hockey team, carried them to multiple championships. He was a member of the Downtown Coaches Club, the Rebounders, the Lansing Country Club and served on many Lansing organization boards.

He married Kimberly Foote in 1986 and their son, Ryan, was born in 1990—Life was good!!! A proud moment in Norm’s life was attending Ryan’s graduation from MSU. He and Kim loved to entertain and attend functions. Tailgating for the MSU football season was top priority and then the hockey and basketball seasons would begin. He loved to travel; he and Kim took many wonderful trips together, they especially liked cruises. He was predeceased by his wife, Kimberly in 2015; his parents and his sister, Kathleen. He is survived by his son, Ryan Patrick; sisters, MaryJo Gaffney of Grand Rapids and Jeanie M. Matherly (Burton) of North Carolina; nephews, William and Andrew and mother-in-law, Dolores Foote.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, September 13, 11 am, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Road, East Lansing, MI. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 12, noon-3 pm and 5-8 pm with a Rosary at 7:30, Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Those desiring may make contributions in honor of Norm to Capitol Regional Community Foundation Shinsky Orphanage, 330 Marshall St., Lansing MI, 48912 and/or Special Olympics Area Eight, 2901 Wabash Rd., Lansing MI, 48910.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.greastlansing.com.

GO GREEN!!!!!!!

  • DONATIONS

  • Special Olympics Area Eight
  • Capitol Regional Community Foundation Shinsky Orphanage

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Rosary Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, September 13, 2019

Memories

Norman Michael Gaffney Jr.

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richard pritchard

September 14, 2019

I will miss you very much Norman. I would not have achieved what I have with my life were it not for your help in 1979. Thank you so very much. Richard Pritchard

Jackie Tuer Mathews

September 12, 2019

Mary Jo, I have many wonderful childhood memories of you and your family. I am so sorry to learn of Norm’s passing.

Joni Keens-Abbinanti

September 11, 2019

Ryan - I have so many MSU tailgating memories with your dad...football and hockey! What a great man and a very good and dear friend to my parents. Please know that I’m sending comfort, prayers, and hugs from Georgia. The MSU fan base up in heaven is even stronger with my parents and yours! Go GREEN, Go WHITE, Go STATE....The Abbinanti Family - Frank, Joni, Gabriella, and Francesco

Elena Basford

September 10, 2019

The Basford family will always hold a special place in our hearts for Norm. His friendly smile and happy spirit will always live on.
The Basford family

Gloria Hogan

September 10, 2019

I am so glad we were cousins. The memories go all the way back to when Kath and I were little and your were the young kid always giving us a hard time. My Mom and Dad and your Mom and Dad were always together which meant we were always together. I remember your generosity when I would come back to Port Huron to visit and you would get me tickets to join you at State football games and what a great time we would have. I will miss you Norm, especially your laugh. Ryan, Jeannie and MaryJo I am so sorry for your loss and you all will be in my prayers. Gloria Gaffney Hogan

john greenslit

September 10, 2019

Ryan and Family,
Please accept our deepest condolences and sympathy in the loss of your Dad. His resume was complete with his love for community, family and MSU.
We enjoyed many social events together with Kim, as he approached friendships with the same tenacity as he represented his clients. If you wanted to win or solve a problem, Norm was the man. You always got more than 100 percent of his talents, and generally more than you deserved. We've lost a legend and a good friend.
John and Pat Greenslit

Laura & Tim Roumpz

September 9, 2019

Ryan, we won’t ever forget the spring break when we met up with you and your parents. What a great time we had in Las Vegas! Your dad was definitely a mover/shaker and your mom was so sweet...you were the sun, moon, and stars to both of them. We are here if you ever just want to stop by for dinner or a visit...always!😘

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