John McGaffney

John Joseph McGaffney

Tuesday, April 1st, 1924 - Monday, February 3rd, 2020
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John J. McGaffney, 95, passed away Monday, Feb. 5, surrounded by his family at home in Egg Harbor Township.

Affectionately known as “Big Red” or “Reds,” John J. McGaffney was born and raised in the Inlet section of Atlantic City. Despite growing up during the great depression and losing his father at an early age, Reds remembered his early days in the Inlet fondly. Often telling stories of his many friends and adventures.

An avid sports fan, especially basketball and baseball, he loved the Phillies, Sixers, Eagles and the Philadelphia “Big 5” college basketball.

John attended Holy Spirit and Atlantic City Trade School, where he played basketball. He also played basketball in many city leagues as a young man (teams like Hap Farley’s, Keely Democrats). He played briefly for the Philadelphia Sphas prior to enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corp.

Reds married his beloved wife Virginia in 1949. After living in Atlantic City for several years, they moved to Northfield where they raised their family. Most recently residing in Egg Harbor Township with his daughter, Christine. In 1954, he began his career with Swift & Company as branch superintendent where he remained until his retirement.

John was very active in the Northfield All-Sports Association, coaching Little League and Biddy Basketball and serving as President in the early 1960’s.

His greatest pride was his family: Virginia, their four children John (Kathleen), Christine, Nancy Morris (Michael) and Patricia Previti (Anthony); seven grandchildren (Matthew McGaffney, Cari Eckel and Erin Wilkenson, Emily and Anna Previti, Tim and Laura Morris) and nine great-grandchildren (Matthew and Marissa, Shea, Mackie, and Ty, Bailey, Porter, and Harper, and Teddy).

John is predeceased by his wife of 62 years Virginia (1926 - 2012), brother Francis and sisters Elizabeth, Rosemary and Patricia.

Our family would like to express our gratitude and sincere thanks for the extraordinary care our father received from Holy Redeemer Hospice, especially Angela and Diane. We could not have made this journey without them.

A visitation will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 10-11am with a service beginning at 11am at Adams-Perfect Funeral Home, 1650 New Road in Northfield. Interment will be held at Atlantic County Veteran's Cemetery in Estell Manor.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to Holy Redeemer Hospice, the Atlantic County Humane Society or a charity of your choice.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, February 7th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Adams-Perfect Funeral Home
    1650 New Road
    NORTHFIELD, NJ 08225
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  • Service

    Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Adams-Perfect Funeral Home
    1650 New Road
    NORTHFIELD, NJ 08225
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery
    109 State Blvd 50
    ESTELL MANOR, NJ 08319
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Al English

Posted at 01:37pm
Champ,Chris,Nancy, and Pat,
Growing up on Jackson Ave meant playing ball in the street with my Dad and going over to "Reds" house to play basketball. Have a lot of great memories
Your Dad was one of the first Little League coaches. I had the pleasure of umpiring when he was coaching. He was always for the "kids"
Rest in peace my friend,
Albie English

Randall Balliet

Posted at 04:01pm
hey champ and family I often remember your dad especially whe I played on his basketball team he was a really good role model for youngsters and in my case since I didn't have a father he was a good leader so sorry for your loss and what a blessing to have him so long

Cynthia Wilson

Posted at 02:42pm
I remember how we survived the world by laughing at lunch in the teachers' lounge until we'd cry. You always had the funniest stories about your dad. We knew him without really knowing him through you. I know the family is mourning and your hearts are so broken. Trust me when I tell you that in due time you will find peace and comfort in his passing. He lived a long life and received an abundance of love. Stay strong. The sun will shine again.

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