June 5, 2017
Philip N. (Butch) Gaffney, 72, of Lansing Street, Watertown, died on Monday June 5th, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse, surrounded by his family.
The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 9th, at 11:00 am at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with his brother, Rev. J. Michael Gaffney officiating. Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, June 8th, at the Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. from 3:00 to 6:00pm. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.
Butch was born on June 9, 1944, in Watertown, the son of P. Norris and Tatiana A. "Tass" Gaynor Gaffney. He graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy, received an associates degree from Wadhams Hall, Ogdensburg and attended St. Patrick's College in Ottawa for one year. He married Betty Rose Booras on November 27, 1971 at St. Patrick's Church in Watertown with Rev. Shulkin officiating.
He worked for Curtin Construction as a Clerk of Works and dynamiter and then in Production Control at NY Airbrake. He retired after 23 years as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for the Watertown City School District during which time he oversaw many expansion projects. He coached basketball at Holy Family School and IHC and was heavily involved in youth hockey in Watertown. Butch was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and a member of its choir. He also sang in Voices of the River and served on the Board of Assessment Review for the City of Watertown. He was a member of the Watertown Elks Club.
Along with his wife, Rosie, Butch is survived by his son and his wife, Marc W. and Kim M. Gaffney and their children, Lilla and Quinn, Hudson, MA; daughter, Shayne T. Gaffney and Joseph Cianfarani, and their children, Santino, Stella, and Rocco, Schenectady; three brothers, Edward and Teresa Gaffney, Dexter, Rev. J. Michael Gaffney, Brownville, and Mark and Marianne Gaffney, Sewell, NJ; two sisters, Judy and Peter Mott, Rochester and Mary Rose and John Warneck, Clayton; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.