Hugh R. Lafferty
September 12, 1930 – December 19, 2020
Hugh R. Lafferty, a former resident of Cos Cob, CT for 40 years, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2020 at the age of 90.
He was born and raised in Olean, NY, and was the youngest son of the late Hugh and Anna Lafferty, and brother to the late John Lafferty and Robert Lafferty. Hugh is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Lafferty; his son, Hugh and his daughters, Kathleen, Rosemary and Susan. Hugh and Barbara's son John passed away in April 2020. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter, and two great-grandsons are on the way.
In 1947, he graduated from Olean High School at the age of 16, and went on to earn his Bachelor's degree in math and physics from Saint Bonaventure University, where he also completed the US Army ROTC program.
During the Korean War, Hugh was 1st Lieutenant, Field Artillery Commander, Forward Observer in the US Army – 92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion - "Red Devils". He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. After returning from Korea, he went on to Penn State University to earn a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
In 1956, Hugh married Barbara Eberl of Bolivar, NY, and began his career as an Application Engineer at Clark Brothers-Dresser Industries in Olean, NY. Hugh had worked at Clark Brothers during the summer while in highschool and college and sang bass in the company's Barbershop Quartet, The Clark Angles. He continued singing with the Clark Angles and The Irish Four while in Olean.
In 1957, Hugh decided to continue his career with Dresser-Clark in sales in Los Angeles, CA. Hugh's career led him and his family to live in Tokyo, Japan and Illinois. He ultimately landed in New York City where he was regional sales manager for the northeast and the midwest. He retired after a 30 year career with Dresser-Clark.
Hugh loved music, especially Barbershop. His favorite quartets were the Buffalo Bills and The Suntones. He directed many church choirs and just loved to sing. He loved to be outdoors, working in the yard, or in his "bunker" writing, or in the garage "tinkering".
We love you more than you'll ever know, and we will continue to treasure each sunrise.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Hugh's memory to Several Sources Shelters. https://www.severalsources.org/get-involved/donate