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John Joseph Rafferty Jr., 57, Lancaster, Calif., died Friday, January 25, 2013 upon arrival at Geisinger Community Medical Center. He and his fianceI�e, Anna Cortez, traveled to the Scranton area for his stepfather's funeral which was Friday.
Born April 6, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of Kathleen Duffy Rafferty Boczniewicz and the late John Joseph Sr. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and Antelope Valley Community College, where he received his licensed practical nursing certification. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Enterprise and received the National Defense Service Medal.
He was employed by California Correctional Facilities as a correctional officer and was a licensed practical nurse.
John was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, target-shooting and motorbiking. He also enjoyed playing golf and was known to play the drums. Most of all, he loved spending time with his children and fianceI�e, Anna.
Surviving are a son, Shaun P. Lancaster, California; three daughters, Meghan Shibley, Austin, Texas; Michelle and Maggie Rafferty, Palmdale, Calif.; two sisters, Deborah Ann Churmblo, Clarks Summit; and Catherine "Cat" Fraser, Dalton; his fianceI�e, Anna Cortez; aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and several cousins.
The funeral with military honors will be Friday at 11 a.m. from Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, with services by Monsignor James J. McGarry. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly Twp.
The family will receive relatives and friends Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association , 613 Baltimore Drive, Suite 3, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. For more information, directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.jenningscalvey.com.
I miss you being in our kids lives they miss you so. Life is not the same without you even though we went through alot of stress in both our lives. I am thankful for the wonderful children you gave us and will contuine on doing the best I can for them. I know thats what you would want me to do. Someday we will meet again but, for now I just want you to know there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about. I pray that your happy and you are with our Lord.
Bernadette Russo Jul 19 2014 12:00 AM
I worked with you at california city correctional center,your warm smile when entering the facility was a great start to my day. You will be sadly missed my friend rest in peace with the angels. Till we me again.
Hope Bench Feb 1 2013 12:00 AM
I Stood in shocked silence as I hung up the phone, And I sat in my chair as the tears began to fall. I knew what I was told could not be a lie, But I couldn't believe that my friend had died. As I sat all alone in my room with my thoughts, I asked myself why, why was he gone? But I found no answers, no reason at all. It all seemed so senseless and so very wrong. Then I thought of how much pain all his other friends were in, And I passed these few days just thinking of them. I wish I could help and erase all their pain, But I cannot erase what I cannot explain. Though it's hard to believe it, things will get better, For even in death, memories are given new life, They shine and glimmer like the stars in the night. Don't dwell on the arguments you had with him, Think of his smiles for they are the gem. He doesn't blame you for the hard times you shared, So don't do it to yourself, it wouldn't be fair. I've heard it said that Heaven is a marvelous place, And I believe that Rafferty's living in God's grace. He's in Heaven now, as he should be, And he's a Guardian Angel for you and me. For those who loves Rafferty, keep in mind, All of this beauty and how rich he made our lives. And know that someday, you'll see him again, As we pass from this earth into Heaven with him.
Steven Lewis Feb 1 2013 12:00 AM
I worked with Officer Rafferty at California City Correctional Center. He was a warm hearted and generous man. The laughter and smiles he brought were never ending. I will always cherish the moments spent talking with him. To his family, my heart aches for you. May you find, in time, the comfort that you need. Rest in Peace Raff...
Amber Sierra Jan 31 2013 12:00 AM
I will never forget your smile and your Big blue eyes. Ill never forget the important things of life you taught me. I will do my best to live and suceed for you and me dad. You left us too soon. Ill never forget anything and everything you ment and still mean to me. I love you so much daddy and my heart hurts for your loss and place in this family. I miss you soo much and us kids will stay strong and make you proud dad. I love you and ill miss you forever and ever.. i love you dad. R.I.P Daddy
Meghan Rafferty Jan 31 2013 12:00 AM
To the family of J.J.Rafferty, I am so very sorry for your loss. John was one of the best people I ever knew. I worked at the prison with him for about 3 years & he was a good friend to me. He spoke of his children often and he loved you so much.
M. Kelly. RN (ret) Jan 30 2013 12:00 AM
Our hearts are broken beyond belief. Can't believe your gone. We love you Dad and our lives will never be the same without you. You'll be in our hearts always.
Shaun Rafferty, Meghan Shibley, Michelle Rafferty, Maggie Rafferty Jan 30 2013 12:00 AM
John was my next door neighbor and friend for many years when I lived in Lancaster. Our families did many things together and our kids are still friends to this day. I have many memories of him. My fondest memory is the time he took our friends kids out shopping so they could get gifts for their mom on mothers day because their dad, who was in the military, was out of town. I also remember his love of Christmas and how he would go all out decorating and shopping for gifts for his children. We would have Disco Saturday nights and play cards and listen to disco music with him and Bernie. Rest in Peace John...
Lisa Johnson Jan 30 2013 12:00 AM