JAMES T. GAFFNEY

James T. Gaffney, a humble man of many talents and accomplishments died early Sunday morning, February 28, 2016 at his home in the town of Greenbush with his loving family beside him.

James was born in Fond du Lac a son of the late Thomas and Agnes (Dignin) Gaffney. As a child his family moved to the Greenbush area where they farmed. He attended Spring Valley School.

On October 4, 1952 he was united in marriage to Lorraine Liebe. James was an Army veteran serving as a medic stateside. He also had the distinction of riding some of the last cavalry horses.

James worked a variety of jobs for various companies. His occupations included welding, truck driver and city of Fond du Lac employee. A job that allowed him to travel throughout the United States was with various electric companies where he was a lineman, truck driver, heavy equipment operator and supervisor. He was also an auxiliary policeman working at Road America before the track was built.

James enjoyed much of life and activities. He raised Texas Longhorns, hunted and welded. In his younger years he enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

James was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth, a 50-year union member of the IBEW, the American Legion in Greenbush, a lifetime member of the Great Northern Texas Longhorn Association and a former member of the Eagles and Greenbush Fire Department.

James is survived by his wife: Lorraine; a daughter: Patricia Gaffney of Plymouth; four sons: Dennis (Mary Jane) Gaffney of the Philippines, Wayne Gaffney of Greenbush, Brian Gaffney of Plymouth and Richard Gaffney of California; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Other family and friends further survive. He was preceded in death by a brother: Terrence; and an infant brother: Lawrence.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 4 at St, John the Baptist Catholic Church, 115 Plymouth Street, Plymouth with Rev. Dan Volkert as celebrant. Entombment will be in Ledgeview Mausoleum in Fond du Lac. Family and friends may gather at the Wittkopp Funeral Home, 123 South St. Plymouth on Thursday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:30 a.m.

A memorial fund has been established in James’s name.

James’s family would like to extend their sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the staff of St. Nicholas Home Health and Hospice Care and to Heidi at Comfort Keepers


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