Joseph Rafferty

May 5, 1951March 23, 2018
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Born to Joseph and Kathleen Rafferty on May 5, 1951 in Dublin, Ireland, Joseph “Joe” Rafferty left this world behind Friday, March 23rd at the age of 66. Joe was a jack of all trades. Once a Canadian Mounted Policeman, an actor, model, radio DJ, EMT, private investigator and telecommunications guru. His children thought of him as a human encyclopedia. He loved to read and there were few topics that he wasn’t educated on. Joe referred to himself as “the Master of BS” and had a charisma that could draw anyone into conversation. Joe loved music. Some of his favorites included John Denver, The Eagles, Gordon Lightfoot and The Beatles. He also enjoyed playing the guitar, dabbling in photography and learning about anything related to WWI and WWII. Joe was a comical man. He was very animated and loved to tell stories. He had a way of brightening room without even trying. You could always count him for anything, especially if you needed a flashlight or a pair of needle nose pliers. Joe is survived by his Wild and Crazy Rafferty Circus which includes his wife of 40 years, Lee, his children, Alexandra Gilbert (Chris), Carey Adair (Robert), Lauren Rafferty, David Rafferty (Candace) and his lively bunch of grandchildren, Brennan, Carson, Hannah, Peyton, Nolan Cameron, Hollyn, Marin, Crew, Declan and Fiona. As well as his sister and nephew, Annette and Matt Lewers of Toronto, Canada. Lastly he leaves behind his faithful and loyal dogs, Gus and Elle. Joseph is preceded in passing by his parents, Joseph and Kathleen Rafferty of Toronto, Canada. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 29th at 6pm. The family invites everyone to please join them after the service to enjoy refreshments and visit with them at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Hosparus Health of Louisville. (502)719-8921


  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Darin Barton

July 30, 2018

I was a young man of 20 or 21 when Joe hired me as a private investigator at Whitehall Bureau of Investigations. I learned a great deal from Joe about private investigations and myself. He could tell my early ego was a problem and he set me straight more than once; and although he didn't know it, he played a pivotal role in defining my career. He was genuine and witty with a great story at the ready. Now, at 50, as a father of 3 and grandfather of 4, I still remember him fondly. Lee, I am sorry to hear he passed. He had a brief but positive impact on my life and wont be forgotten.

Gregg Clark

March 31, 2018

So sorry to hear of the loss. He was a great neighbor and a good man. My family lived next door for several years. He was always kind and nice to my children. A wonderful man will be missed.

Emily Whalin

March 28, 2018

My deepest condolences to Joe's family. We were neighbors on McGregor Dr. when our family lived there. He was a great neighbor who was never at a loss for words. I enjoyed talking with him. He always talked about his family, singing their praises. He will be greatly missed.

Emily Whalin

Joe Rafferty

March 28, 2018

Dear Lee, Alex, Carey, Lauren, David, grandchildren and Annette

We are very sorry to hear of Joe's passing, R.I.P.
It was wonderful to catch up with him in recent times and hear about his big, busy happy family. He was so proud of you all.
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you today and always.

From your family in Ireland

Joe and Terry Rafferty
John and Edwina Rafferty

John McKenzie

March 27, 2018

What a beautiful tribute to Joe! I had the pleasure to know Joe through our work at Sprint and beyond. To say that Joe was a joyful man is such an understatement. His joy came from making others happy, which he constantly did. In the world of telecom there special moments and special people . Joe was both to so many of us. Peace be with you Lee and your family. Joe is with his best friend Jesus now

Tom Bodine

March 27, 2018

Maggie and I will certainly miss the conversations on the deck with you and Gus solving the worlds problems.

Brian Dugan

March 27, 2018

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Joe. He was a very good man. I met Joe in the early 90's when my sons and his son David became lifelong friends. Joe was very smart and very funny. My sympathies are with Lee and his wonderful children. May he rest in peace.

Marilyn Ernst

March 25, 2018

When I first met Joe I felt like I had known him forever. He was so likeable, and easy and interesting to talk to. I know that what you and your family are going through right now is very difficult. I'm so sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Ann Currie

March 25, 2018

Lee and Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed babysitting for you in Mississauga when the girls were little and having very lively discussions with Joe while you, Lee were the calming influence.
My love and thoughts are with you.

Peggy Holthaus

March 25, 2018

Lee and family,
I LOVE Joe's obituary!! It really captures his spirit, as much as words are able. It was such a gift to get to spend some time with you all while you were at the In-patient Unit. I so treasure all you shared with me about Joe--certainly I wish I would have had the opportunity for a conversation with him! Thank you for entrusting Hosparus to journey with you all during his final days on the earth plane. You were spiritual midwives for him as he gave birth to his spirit and moved into another Realm. Be at peace and no regrets. Peggy, Chaplain