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Kenneth GAFFNEY

Kenneth Gaffney, aged 77, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2023, at his residence, leaving family and friends with a profound sense of loss. Born in Stratford to Jean and Joe Gaffney, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife and best friend, Mary Gaffney. Left to cherish his memory are his brother Thomas Gaffney and his sister Karen Boulton, as well as sister-in-law Ruth Whipp and several nieces and nephews. Ken was an active member of the church and, following retirement, found purpose as a crossing guard, eagerly anticipating the daily interactions with the children he helped. Additionally, he selflessly volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Ken’s dedication to community extended to the Knights of Columbus, where he achieved the esteemed position of Grand Knight in 2017, a century after his grandfather held the same title. Alongside his parents and wife, Ken was predeceased by his brother-in-law Murray Whipp, sisters Margaret MacCallum and Beverley St. Louis, as well as his loyal border collies, Heidi and Belle. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Ken’s visitation on Thursday, August 24, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. at the W. G. Young Funeral Home in Stratford. A Mass of Christian Burial, presided by Rev. Father Don Pomputis, will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 25, 2023, at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church. Later, at Avondale Cemetery, Ken’s cremated remains will be laid to rest alongside Heidi and Belle. The Parish Hall will host the reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to either St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church or the Stratford Perth Humane Society are welcomed through the funeral home’s website.

Kenneth Gaffney, aged 77, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2023, at his home. Born in Stratford to Jean and Joe Gaffney, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Gaffney. Fondly remembered by his brother Thomas Gaffney, sister Karen Boulton, sister-in-law Ruth Whipp, and several nieces and nephews. Ken greatly contributed to his community. Prior to the COVID pandemic, he actively participated in his local church. After retiring, he dedicated his time to being a crossing guard and took pleasure in the daily interactions with the children he helped. Ken also selflessly volunteered for Meals on Wheels. His commitment to service extended to the Knights of Columbus, wherein 2017 he achieved the impressive position of Grand Knight, following in the footsteps of his grandfather who held the same title a century prior. Ken was predeceased by his parents, wife, brother-in-law Murray Whipp, sisters Margaret MacCallum and Beverley St. Louis, and his beloved border collies, Heidi and Belle. Friends and family are invited to visit Ken’s remembrance on Thursday, August 24, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. at the W. G. Young Funeral Home in Stratford. A Mass of Christian Burial, led by Rev. Father Don Pomputis, will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church. Following the Mass, Ken’s ashes, along with those of Heidi and Belle, will be interred at Avondale Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Parish Hall. Instead of floral arrangements, donations in memory of Ken can be made to either St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church or the Stratford Perth Humane Society through the funeral home’s website.

We are profoundly saddened to announce the passing of Kenneth Gaffney, who left this world on Sunday, August 20, 2023, at the age of 77, surrounded by his loved ones at his home. Kenneth, born in Stratford to Jean and Joe Gaffney, will always be cherished in the memories of those who knew him. He is now reunited with his true love and best friend, Mary (Sansom) Gaffney, who preceded him in death. Kenneth will forever be remembered by his dear brother Thomas (Marie) Gaffney, loving sister Karen Boulton, and kind sister-in-law Ruth Whipp, as well as his nieces and nephews. Kenneth’s commitment to his faith was evident through his active involvement in the church, during the times unaffected by the COVID pandemic. Following retirement, he embraced a new sense of purpose as a crossing guard and eagerly anticipated daily interactions with the children he helped ensure their safety. A compassionate soul, Kenneth selflessly volunteered for Meals on Wheels, providing nourishment and companionship to those in need. Additionally, he dedicated himself to the Knights of Columbus, where he achieved the distinguished position of Grand Knight in 2017, carrying on a legacy established by his grandfather a century prior. The loss of Kenneth’s parents and his wife, as well as his brother-in-law Murray Whipp and sisters Margaret MacCallum and Beverley St. Louis, deeply impacted those who loved him. Alongside his human companions, Kenneth’s loyal canine friends, Heidi and Belle, also preceded him in death. Family and friends are invited to gather at the W. G. Young Funeral Home in Stratford on Thursday, August 24, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. for a visitation honoring Kenneth’s life. A Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Rev. Father Don Pomputis, will take place at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Following the Mass, the cremated remains of Kenneth, along with his beloved Heidi and Belle, will be laid to rest in Avondale Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church or the Stratford Perth Humane Society are greatly appreciated and can be made through the funeral home’s website. Those wishing to offer condolences can visit http://www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com.

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