Born in Boston on July 27, 1929, he was the son of the late Thomas E. and Mary F. (McCaffrey) Rafferty. He spent his childhood in Boston, graduating from English High School and Boston University with a B.S. in Business.
John served a tour of duty in Japan with the U.S. Air Force, serving from August 20, 1946, until his honorable discharge on June 3, 1949, with the rank of sergeant.
He was a career civil servant working for the IRS, and after his retirement he moved to Newburyport, where he and Josephine spent many wonderful years together.
He was survived by his wife of 62 years, Josephine (Johnson) Rafferty, who passed away on March 29, 2018; his sister, Patricia Whitley, and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will Friday, April 6, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery. By his request, there will no visiting hours. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport.
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