Eugene E. Gaffey
July 27, 1924 – March 27, 2018
Eugene E. Gaffey, 93, of Keene, passed away with his devoted wife by his side on March 27, 2018 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA after period of declining health.
He was born on July 27, 1924 in Medford, MA, the son of J. Raymond and Olive (Craig) Gaffey. He attended Phillips Academy Andover and Medford High School graduating with the Class of 1944.
After high school, Eugene served in the United States Army. He was a Corporal in World War II serving as a Medic and a Second Lieutenant in the Korean War serving as a Harbor Master.
Upon honorable discharge from the Army, Eugene attended Yale University where he studied Economics and received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1950. He worked for many years in the insurance industry, first in New York City for Mutual of Omaha, and later as the head of the Accident and Health Department at Peerless Insurance in Keene, from which he retired.
Eugene settled in Hinsdale and later in Keene. He was the municipal court judge in Hinsdale for 40 years.
Upon his retirement from the bench in 1994, he was the last remaining municipal court judge in NH, as well as the last judge without a law degree. He was Hinsdale’s Town Moderator, the Chairman of the School Board and a member of the Fire Department. Eugene served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cheshire County Savings Bank, and was involved through their transformation to TD Bank.
He held many memberships and roles within his community throughout the years. He was the President of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at Yale; a charter member of the Hinsdale chapter of the Knights of Columbus; a lifetime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Brattleboro, VT and the American Legion in Keene. He also found time to serve on the Board of Directors for the Samaritans and was a Justice of the Peace, marrying many local couples.
Eugene played the baritone horn for several bands including the Keene American Legion Band, Hinsdale Community Band and the Temple Town Band. He also enjoyed playing the piano.
In his retirement, Eugene worked for First Student, formerly Laidlaw, as a bus driver. He very much enjoyed getting to know the children on his route and they reciprocated. He also served as a Cheshire County Bail Commissioner.
A devout Catholic, Eugene was an active parishioner at St. Joseph Church in Hinsdale and at St. Bernard Church in Keene.
Eugene will be dearly missed by his wife of 15 years: Linda (Edwards) Gaffey of Keene, NH; daughter: Virginia Sullivan and her husband Joseph of Swanzey; grandchildren: Meghan Sullivan and her husband Patrick Belica of Washington, DC and Briana Sullivan Radetsky and her husband Alex of New York, NY; great-grandchildren: Harold Belica, Mabel Radetsky and Margaret Belica; step-children: Stephanie Gilbert and her husband Dennis of Wilton, and Timothy Foster and his wife Danna of Dahlonega, GA; step-grandchildren: Kelly Gilbert of Peterborough, Jeremy Gilbert of Wilton, Nicholas Foster of Seattle, WA, and Colin Foster of Macon, GA.
He is predeceased by his first wife Elizabeth (Weeks) Gaffey; sister: Brenda Gaffey; and brother: J. Raymond Gaffey, Jr.
Family and friends are invited to call at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Bernard Church, 185 Main Street, Keene, NH on Saturday, April 7 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow immediately at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave, Keene, NH.
While flowers will gladly be accepted, memorial donations may be made in Eugene E. Gaffey’s name to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hinsdale: Mary, Queen of Peace Parish, 161 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431 or to the Music Department at St. Joseph Regional School, 92 Wilson Street, Keene, NH 03431.
- Linda Gaffey, Wife
- Elizabeth Gaffey, Wife
- Virginia Sullivan and her husband Joseph, Daughter
- Meghan Sullivan and her husband Patrick Belica, Granddaughter
- Briana Sullivan Radetsky and her husband Alex, Granddaughter
- Harold Belica, Great Grandson
- Mabel Radetsky, Great Granddaughter
- Margaret Belica, Great Granddaughter
- Timothy Foster and his wife Danna, Step-Son
- Stephanie Gilbert and her husband Dennis, Step-Daughter
- Jeremy Gilbert, Step-Grandson
- Nicholas Foster, Step-Grandson
- Colin Foster, Step-Grandson
- Kelly Gilbert, Step-Granddaughter
- J. Raymond Gaffey Jr., Brother
- Branda Gaffey, Sister
- J. Raymond Gaffey, Father
- Olive Gaffey, Mother
- Visitation Friday, April 6, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 7, 2018
Eugene E. Gaffey
September 4, 2018
In 1978 I was working at an automobile dealer in Keene, NH. Judge Gaffee was a customer, and when I applied for employment with the Mercedes-Benz factory, he was good enough to write a personal recommendation. I did get hired and went on to work for that company for 16 years. I always felt his comments made a difference, and have always remembered that he took the time to help me. I always appreciated his cheerful demeanor and it was a pleasure to have him stop by. I am certain he went out of his way to help other people too, and he will be missed.
(Capt) Bill Johnson
District Manager (retired)
MBNA, Montvale, NJ
US Merchant Marine
April 15, 2018
Gene was my boss and one of my closest friends for the eight years we worked together. He continued to have a profound influence on my life for many more years. I will miss him but I am grateful for the many, many great memories I hold dear of our time together. Forever grateful for his friendship...
April 6, 2018
I only knew Eugene for a very short time. I met him at Applewood when we were both there for rehab. I first was put together with him at breakfast in the dining room. What a joy he was to talk to. I sat with him at the Catholic mass. I made sure that I waved every time I walked by his room or said hello when we were in gym at same time. We just clicked!
April 5, 2018
Gina, it was so sad to hear of your dad’s passing. I have such fond memories of him when you and I were growing up in Hinsdale. I will always remember his wonderful smile and great sense of humor. He will be missed by so many people. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family.
April 4, 2018
Linda, I am so sad to hear of your loss. Just wanted you to know you’re in my thoughts and prayers. I know it is not easy to lose your loved one. Just keep all those good memories in your heart forever. May God bless you. Linda
Patricia Clark (Merrill)
April 3, 2018
Dear Gina, I was saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a wonderful person with great mercy and kindness for everyone. The memories are too numerous to mention but he will continue to be remembered and honored in my memory and I'm sure in Hinsdale's history as well.
May God comfort you and the whole family.
April 3, 2018
Gina, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great man. I remember as a child, he used to come to my grandparents house after church on Sunday to have coffee and doughnuts. It is a memory I will always have. He always had a smile and a laugh whenever you saw him. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family
Patti Chotain Kasal
April 3, 2018
Gina I am so saddened to hear about your Dad! He was such a great man. My fondest memory was when he married Jay and I on December 15, 1991~ He came the night before to our house to do a rehearsal and then he went out to dinner with us at The Jolly Butcher! I got to know him so much better! Sending you love and strength! <3
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