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McCAFFREY, Richard Joseph (Dick)

August 31, 1922 – February 19, 2011

Dick McCaffrey, beloved husband of Madge McCaffrey of Calgary, passed away in the peaceful surroundings of Wentworth Manor on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the age of 88 years.

He was born in 1922 in Eston, Saskatchewan, grew up during the Great Depression, and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He studied geology at the University of Alberta and after graduating in 1948, embarked on a career in geophysics that spanned thirty-nine years. Dick worked for seismic contractors in the early years and later for energy companies. In the 1960s with Tenneco Oil, he led the family on a five-year adventure with stops in Texas, Colorado and Louisiana. Upon returning to Alberta, Dick finished his career with the Banff Oil – Aquitaine – Canterra group of companies. He proudly served as President of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists for the 1977 term.

Dick was a loving husband and an inspirational father. Besides his wife of sixty-one years, Madge, he is also survived by daughters, Veronica McCaffrey, Diane (Joe) Pollock, and Lorie (Jeff) Joyce; sons, Brian (Bless) McCaffrey and John (Roxanne) McCaffrey; and fourteen grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Pius X Catholic Church (2424 – 24th Avenue N.W.) on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 12:00 noon. The family would like to thank the devoted staff of caregivers through Dick’s years at Wentworth Manor. If relatives and friends so desire, memorial donations in Dick’s honour may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3.

In living memory of Richard McCaffrey, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Stella Perrott and Carol & Tom Joseph :

    Dear Madge and all the McCaffrey family,

    So sorry to hear of Dick’s death. We offer our sincere condolences and will keep you in our prayers.

    Love,
    Stella Perrott
    Carol & Bassie (Tom) Joseph

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  2. Catherine and Ralph Eldridge :

    Veronica and family;
    Sincere condolences for the death of your father (grandfather). We pray that the memories of your family times give you peace in this difficult time. We would love to hear from you Veronica. With sincere caring,
    Catherine and Ralph

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