Robert A. Caffrey
Caffrey, Robert A. age 81 of Newton died peacefully Tuesday November 10th, 2009 at the NJ Fireman’s Home in Boonton, NJ. Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Robert had lived in Green Twp., NJ before moving to Newton many years ago.
Son of the late James and Edith (Long) Caffrey, Robert was a graduate of the James L. Coughlin HS Wilkes-Barre, PA class of 1946. Mr. Caffrey worked many years as a Supervisor for the former Darlington Mills of Newton until their closing. Robert retired as a Boiler Dept. Supervisor with the Ames Rubber Co. of Hamburg after seventeen years of service. A life member and former Chief of the Newton Fire Dept. as well as the Fire Patrol, Bob was also a life member of the Green Twp. Vol. Fire Dept., the NJ Sate Exempt Fireman’s Association as well as the NJ State Fire Chiefs Association. A Life member of the NJ State Fireman’s Home Association, Bob served as the Sussex County Manager for the past seventeen years retiring in October. A life member of the NJ State and Sussex County Fire Police, Robert also served two times as the Sussex County Fire Police Commissioner.
Curator of the Newton Fire Dept. Museum for from 1990 to 2005, Mr. Caffrey was a dedicated and devoted member of his community and state. His tireless efforts will be missed by all who had the privilege to serve with him. A member of the Prime Time Senior Citizens, Robert received the Senior of the Year Award in 1996. A past member and Director of both the Broadcasters Drum and Bugle Corp. and the Mariners Color Guard, Mr. Caffrey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newton, a 4th degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Don Bosco Chapter 7784 Newton, as well as a 3rd degree member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Pre deceased by his first wife Jeanne (Bannon) Caffrey in 1996 as well as his four brothers’, Robert is survived by his wife Marjorie (VanLuvender) Haycock Caffrey. Also survived by his sons Robert J. and Edward A. Caffrey both of Newton, as well as his stepson Hal Haycock of Boonton, NJ. His daughter Charlene Nagy of Stillwater Twp., NJ, his sister Evelyn Ellman of Orlando, FL, his eight grandchildren, four step grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday November 14th, 2009 at 10:00 AM in the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home #156 Main St. (Rt. 206) Newton, NJ 07860. Interment will immediately follow in the Newton Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday eve. Nov. 13th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM with Fire Dept. Services at 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Robert A. Caffrey’s memory to the NJ Fireman’s Home #565 Lathrop Ave. Boonton, NJ 07005.