Francis J. Lafferty passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Capital Health Care, Dover. He was 84.
Francis J. Lafferty, born 17 August 1929, Philadelphia, PA. Attended Most Blessed Sacrament grade school, West Catholic High School, served in the army during the Korean conflict, more than 23 years as Phila Firefighter as an active firefighter on the streets of the city followed by many years at the Phila airport on the medic wagon as part of the medical crew. After retiring from the fire dept he used his training and skills in mechanical design for an additional 20 years, contributing to the design and implementation of various unmanned space vehicles and the design of a periscope for boats on rivers to see under the water for obstructions to safe water travel.
He was a teacher in the Confraternith of Christian Doctrine In Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware He and his wife were involved in Natural Family Planning in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Dioces of Camden, New Jersey. He was a sexton at Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Blackwood, NJ and was a volunteer member of the Maintenance Committee at Holy Cross Church in Dover, DE. He was active in the Knights of Columbus in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware having achieved his Fourth Degree. He and his wife are Oblates of Saint Benedict at Saint Gertrude's Monastery in Ridgely, MD. They have been devoted volunteers at Saint Martin's Ministries on the grounds with the monastery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's memory to Saint Martin's Ministries, PO Box 996, Ridgely, MD would be deeply appreciated.
Frank was a devoted husband being married 58 years to his wife, Pat (nee Davis) also of Phila and six of their 8 children: Patricia Kernan, husband John in Canmer, KY; Theresa Lafferty, Professor of Theology at Mt. Marty College in Yankton, SD; Merceda Reale, husband John in Elizabethtown, PA; Maureen Long, husband Bob in Hershey, PA; Kevin Lafferty, wife Lisa in Swedesboro, NJ.; and Stephen Lafferty, wife Anne in North Pole, AK. Two sons, Francis and Eugene predeceased him. He leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Tuesday, January 14 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, State St., Dover. Friends may call 7-9 pm this evening (Monday, January 13) at the Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. A private burial for family will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
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