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Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home

157 Maple Street, Lynn, MA

OBITUARY

Thomas M. Raftery

December 19, 1924September 26, 2019

Thomas M. Raftery, age 94, of Danvers previously of Peabody and Lynn, passed away Thursday September 26, 2019. Born in Lynn December 19, 1924 to the late Patrick Raftery and Ellen “Nellie” (O’Brien) Raftery. He was the devoted and adoring husband to the late Barbara A. (Carlton) Raftery. Tom was a proud American who served his country honorably. First in the Marine Corps during World War II, and again in the army during the Korean conflict. Upon returning from service to his country he married the love of his life Barbara with whom he shared 63 wonderful years. First and foremost, Tom was the ultimate gentleman. He was a hardworking family man, who wore many hats in his lifetime. For several years he worked in the Massachusetts State house, most notably as the chief administrative aide to Speaker McGee. He also served as the director of personnel for the Massachusetts state legislature before his retirement in 1991. As a retiree, he enjoyed spending winters in Fort Myers, FL with his wife Barbara. Tom was fiercely loyal, a voracious reader and avid follower of local and national politics. For many years, he was involved in local politics. He cherished spending time with loved ones and could make everyone around him smile with his wit and wonderful sense of humor. Tom was above all devoted to his family. He was a loving husband and father of five children. He is survived by his loving children Debra A. LeBlanc and her husband Maurice “Moe” of Topsfield, Maura Raftery of Venice, FL, Mark T. Raftery of Danvers and his partner Christine Frazier, Thomas M. Raftery and his wife Davida of Topsfield.; grandchildren, Thomas Raftery, Keith LeBlanc & wife Kerrie, Kaitlin Cobb & husband Peter, Erin Harkins & husband Jay, Jenna Long & husband Chris, Brett Raftery, Connor Raftery, and Cate Raftery; great grandchildren Caroline LeBlanc, Brandon Cobb, Charlotte and Violet Long, Deacon and Brinley Harkins; sisters Anna Loughlin of Peabody, and Theresa Elliott of Burlington; sister-in-law Patricia Raftery of Lynn. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara, son Michael P. Raftery, brothers John and Joseph Raftery, sisters Mary Spates, and Helene Raftery. His family would like to thank and acknowledge the Care Dimensions Hospice Team for the excellent care and the compassion they provided to their cherished father. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn, followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated at 12:00 p.m. in St. Pius V Church, 215 Maple St., Lynn. Interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Lynn. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Thomas’s memory to Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St. Ste B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For online memorial and guestbook, please visit www.cuffemcginn.com

Services

  • Visiting Hours Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Interment Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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Linda Szczawinski

October 1, 2019

Oh, how I admired Tom and Barbara. Together again. My deepest sympathy to all. Love, Linda Szczawinski

Jim McDonald

September 28, 2019

My condolences to all of Tom's family. I always enjoyed his company and conversation over many years.
Jim McDonald

Jim Deprizito

September 28, 2019

My sincere condolences to family and friends of Tom.

donna currier

September 27, 2019

My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May he rest in peace. My Condolences, Donna Currier & Family

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY