HOLLOW Ė Edward C. Rafferty Jr., 87, passed away peacefully at home
with his devoted daughters at his bedside on Monday, October 26,
after battling Alzheimer's for a number of years. Dad was born in
Albany on March 16, 1933 to the late Edward and Kathryn (McNally)
Rafferty. He was raised in Alba NY and graduated from Philip
Schuyler High School. He loved to reminisce and share many wonderful
memories from growing up in the South End.
After high school, he wed his high school sweetheart, Velma Mack,
with whom he shared 56 happy years with until her passing in 2006.
After only a couple months of marriage, he was drafted and sent to
serve his country in Korea. Upon his return home, he and mom moved
to Ravena to raise their three daughters. Dad will be remembered as
a loving and dedicated father, supporting us in all our endeavors
and always there to assist us in any way he could. He will be deeply
missed but we are comforted knowing that he and mom are together
Dad was employed at BASF in Rensselaer, formerly GAF, retiring in
1998. In retirement he and mom enjoyed traveling, with Ogunquit,
Maine being a favorite spot to visit every year. Many happy
vacations were spent there with close family and friends. Dad
participated in a recreational program with Albany Rowing club,
enjoying being out on the Hudson River. He also volunteered for many
years with Albanyís Habitat for Humanity as well as with St. Peterís
Lifeline program. However, his most important job was being the most
tender and loving caregiver to his beloved wife in her final years.
Dad is survived by his daughters Kathryn and Pamela Rafferty, and
Kim Myers-Burrows (Jody); his beloved grandchildren Amanda and
Justin Myers, Briana Borger; and cherished great-granddaughters
Cadence Spencer, Kaci and Kylie Sickles, Sophia Myers. His
great-grandson, Aiden Myers, was born two days after his passing.
Also survived by his twin brothers John (Barbara) and James Rafferty
as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister
Regina Trombley and great-grandson Jaxson Myers. Our family wants to
express our deepest thanks to his special aide Robin for the
compassionate and loving care she showed dad these past few months
as well as his visiting nurse, Ashanti, for her care and thoughtful
assistance to us in dadís final days.
to the current pandemic, all services were be held privately at the
convenience of the family. If you wish to remember dad in a special
way, please consider a donation to the VFW Post 9594, ℅ Jeff
LaQuire, 13 Whitbeck St. Ravena, N.Y. 12143 or
Eddy Alzheimer Services, 421 Columbia St., Cohoes, N.Y. 12047