Bernard A. McCafferty

Bernard A. McCafferty of Southold died March 16, 2014. He was 89. 

He was born in Brooklyn Jan. 20, 1925, to Bernard and Margaret (Gallagher) McCafferty, Irish immigrants who met in Boston. Raised and educated in Brooklyn, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.  There he was involved in communications and served as a tail gunner in missions in the Central Pacific including Okinawa, Iwo Jima and Saipan.

It was during his time in the service that he advanced his education; something that his mother believed strongly in.  Through this training, he enjoyed a rewarding career in engineering.  He was involved in the ’38 World’s Fair and was the “behind the scenes guy handling the remote broadcast for the American comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis when they performed at the Copacabana in New York City.  He retired from WINS Radio after a long and distinguished career.

In 1952, he married Joyce (née Gardner) and they lived in Merrick for a time before moving to Massapequa Park and Amityville. They finally settled on Shelter Island. She died in 1994.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years Mary (née Wheeler); two sons and their wives: Steven and Lois McCafferty of Jamesport and Kevin and Beverly McCafferty of Shelter Island; his stepsons and their wives: John and Nanette Doroski of Greenport, Gary Doroski of Cutchogue and Gerard and Melanie Doroski of Greenport; grandchildren and spouses: Ashley and Matt Schmitt, Shannon and Ruben Silverman, Kelsey McCafferty and Daniel McCafferty and great-grandchildren: Matthew Schmitt, Jr. and Levi Silverman.

The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, March 18, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold.  Interment, with U.S. Marine Corps honors, will be Wednesday, March 19, at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.  The funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 10 a.m.

Memorial donations, in his name, may be made to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010

This is a paid notice.