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Leo J. McCaffrey


Proud member of U.S Navy, Veteran WW II and Korean War


Leo J. McCaffrey, 89, of Chelmsford, died Monday afternoon at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was the husband of the late Frances M. (Adams) McCaffrey who died April 19, 2004.

 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 28, 1927,  Leo attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.

 Leo joined the Navy at a young age and proudly served his country during two wars, World War II and the Korean Conflict. Upon completion of two tours which saw him serve as a Naval Aviation Patrol Bomber with Air Squadron VPB127, he left the Navy as a First Class Petty Officer.

 Upon returning from the War, Leo worked at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford for over 30 years as a Radar Systems Foreman in the Avionics Department. He later worked for BTU Systems in Billerica as an electrical engineer until his retirement.

 Leo was a member of the VFW Walker Rogers Post 662 in Lowell and also the American Legion Post 366 in East Chelmsford.

 He also enjoyed fishing on Lake Winnisquam and traveling along the seacoast of New England, especially Kennebunkport.

 However, what brought him the most joy was the time he spent with family, especially his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. These were the moments he treasured the most.

 Leo is survived by two daughters Pamela J. Zupkosky and her husband Larry M. of Westford and Sharon A. Ryan and her husband Richard T. Jr. of Chelmsford; six grandchildren Erica McNamara and her husband Brad of Fitchburg, Jennifer Petzke and her husband Christopher of  South Bend, IN, Michael Zupkosky and his wife Melissa of Merrimack, NH, Kaitlin Couture and her husband Jonathan of Chelmsford, Daniel Ryan and his wife Lauren of Reading and Meghan Ryan of Chelmsford; five great grandchildren Kyleigh, Aiden, Olivia, Zachary and Jack.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Thursday. Relatives and friend are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated FRIDAY MORNING at ST. MARY CHURCH in CHELMSFORD at 9 o’clock followed by committal prayers at St. Mary Cemetery in No. Tewksbury. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to VNA Care Network, 254 Second Ave., Suite 200, Needham, MA 02494. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. And John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.



Condolences (2)
  • Julie and George Wedge  - Leo J. McCaffrey
    Mr. McCaffrey (Leo) was such a wonderful man. Very loving to his family and friends. I was honored to be able to spend time with him as one of his friends. He taught me a great deal about the real meaning of life and had a such a gifted patriotic spirit about him. He will be missed a great deal by myself and my husband. My husband and I toured the USS Yorktown in Charleston, SC and when we returned I brought pictures and memories of the ship and our tour. We talked at great length about the times he had when he was in the Navy and about being involved in the two Wars. I once asked him, if possible, would you ever return to duty and he said gladly and with honor. Mr. McCaffrey we will miss you and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE... Julie and George Wedge
  • Kaitlin Nealon
    Dear Sharon- I'm thinking of you and your family. It is clear that you and your father share the same desire to serve and share joy with others. You, my friend and colleague, will continue that legacy with all that you do with and for your students young and old. Wishing you comfort- Kaitlin
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