Michael Patrick McCafferty

February 22, 1945January 8, 2019

Michael Patrick McCafferty, 73, of West Oneonta passed away Tuesday, January 08, 2019 at home with his family by his side. He was born February 22, 1945 in Staten Island, New York the son of the late Thomas and Esther (Lynn) McCafferty. Michael proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp. during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged. Michael spent his career as a psychotherapist/counselor helping others. His specialty was trauma victims. He coined himself a warrior and helped people find that in themselves. He was an expert stone and wood craftsman and loved nature. In his later years he enjoyed taking care of his four dogs, the birds and the squirrels. Michael is survived by his son, Connor McCafferty of Portland, Oregon; brother, Edward McCafferty of Seminole, Florida; sister, Marianne Cunningham of Trion, North Carolina; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. There will be a celebration of Michael’s life in May. For those who wish to attend may leave their email address when they sign the guest book at Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.



  • Calling Hours Thursday, January 10, 2019


  • Celebration of Life

Michael Patrick McCafferty

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Deborah McCafferty

January 10, 2019

He’s was the best of the best
“Big bad marine”
The heart of 100 Warriors
Dedicated father
Also dedicated to his two stepsons
Jordan P Sgroi and Jeremy C Sgroi of Syracuse

Author of yet to be published book for people with PTSD “Warrior Ethos”

Decorated Solder of A Purple Heart and Combat Action Service Award.
1st Battalion, A Company, 3rd Marines.
I am honored to be loved by him,

He was my Best friend.
He’s was my John Wayne.
My Clint Eastwood
Christopher Warken charm and humor
However those guys were only acting.
Michael was the real McCoy
Always there for everyone,
~especially for my sons and I
Dedicated to veterans for over 50 years.

He began taking care of his Vietnam brothers while recovering from his own wounds
Then he wished to help the young Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan
He didn’t have to look far... They found him. James T and Niko M
He spoke of you so often
You were like sons to him.

And Jeremy, my son.
I don’t know where he would be without Michael
He helped him
He helped me
We didn’t fight For our country however we fought our battles, and without Michael we would not be here either.

I’ve never seen men look to someone and respect someone as they did with Mike. His veteran friends were Loyal to Michael as if he were the commander in charge.

Honor defined him
Endurance like no one else
Integrity 24/7
Loyalty and commitment to his brothers and family
He kept on fighting on until the end.

Michael, nobody could ever Warm my heart as much as you.
I’ll miss you forever
I love you
Your my hero
Semper fi
Salute to you