Michael J. Gaffney, 73, passed away on March 18, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Deborah (Masson) Gaffney for fifty-two years. He was born in Providence, a son of the late Charles A. and Josephine A. (Moriarty) Gaffney.
Michael was a graduate of LaSalle Academy and Providence College and worked as a teacher and guidance counselor in the Warwick School Department. In addition, he was an ice hockey coach for many years.
In addition to his wife, Michael is survived by his loving children Michael (Emily) of Lakeside, AZ, Charles (Alisa) of East Greenwich, Joseph (Patricia) of Wakefield, MA, Susan Rowley (Chad) of Milton, MA, John (Tiffany) of Warwick, Stephen (Ashley) of North Kingstown and James (Miranda) of Warwick. He was also the brother of Charles (Linda) of Warwick, Paul of Warwick, Kevin (Beth) of Chattanooga, TN, and Rev. David Gaffney, Pastor of St. Bernard Church, North Kingstown. He was the devoted ‘Papa’ to twenty-one grandchildren.
His funeral will be held on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 9am from the Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Ave., Warwick with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am in St. Bernard Church, 275 Tower Hill Rd., North Kingstown. His burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Greenwich. Visiting hours Thursday, March 23, 2023 from 4-7pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s memory may be made to the Thomas G. Cavanagh Memorial Fund, 25 Nathaniel Greene Dr., Warwick, RI 02818. For information and condolences, please visit: theQuinnFuneralHome.com