In Memory

Thomas McCaffery

Obituary for Thomas J. McCaffery

Thomas J. McCaffery, 79, of Sea Girt, suddenly passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
Mr. McCaffery was born in Weehawken and raised in Englewood. He lived in East Brunswick for 30 years, where he and his wife raised their children before moving to Sea Girt 12 years ago. He retired from Preserver Group, Inc. (formerly known as Motor Club of America) after 41 years before retiring as a vice-president in the Claims Department. He also served in the N.J. Army National Guard for 28 years, achieving the rank of Colonel and having been Commander of the 104th Engineer Battalion based out of Teaneck.
Mr. McCaffery is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Rita (Heslin) and his son, Kevin and his wife Ami, and three grandsons Ryan, Adam and Griffin; and daughter Kathleen LoCascio and her husband, Joseph, of Hawthorne and two grandsons Dominic and Daniel. Also surviving is his brother, James McCaffery, of Pennsylvania. He was predeceased by his sister, Marie McCaffery.
Visitation will be held at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35 at New Bedford Rd., Wall (across from Tiny Treasures Nursery School), on Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 2-4 and 6-9 P.M. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mark’s Church, Sea Girt, on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 9:30 A.M., followed by burial, with military honors, at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, at Condolences may be sent via

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11/08/18 11:19 AM #1    

John Hermos

I am very sorry to hear of Tom's death and send my condolences to his family and friends.   "Cat" and I had great fun playing basketball together - he had a magical two-handed setshot.   We got together at one of our reunions and I learned that he and his wife Rita, living in East Brunswick, were great supporters of Rutgers (my school) athletic  teams.  I want to thank the reunion committees and this website  for the opportunities to "fondly" reminisce about our school days and other good friendships.      John          

11/08/18 08:45 PM #2    

John Isakson

I’m so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was a terrific classmate and good friend and will be missed by all.

11/09/18 11:11 AM #3    

Robert Kaplan

Very sad to read of the passing of Tommy McCaffery. We were classmates from the time we entered kindergarten at Cleveland School and played ball together thru the  years.  Tom Cat was liked by everyone and I send my condolances to his family.  Bob Kaplan

01/01/19 10:47 AM #4    

Robert "Bob" Goodman

Sorry I'm so late, but Tom was a friend from early grade school.  We played basketball in his driveway with the hoop set up over the garage until dark almost every night.  We didn't "hang" too much in High School, but he was a great guy and solid with the "hoops".  Bob Goodman

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