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Patrick Charles McCafferty
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    Ravenna, OH 44266

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“I was a frequent visited to Sea World Ohio, and Columbus Zoo. Also a previous employee for Sea World Florida. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be...Read More »
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“My condolences to all who love Pat. He always gave so freely of his time in support of Portage Parks-- I especially appreciated his wise advice and...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Christine Craycroft - KENT, OH

“All words fall short of expressing one's sorrow of Pat's passing. He touched the lives of so many peoplebrother, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins,...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Gary Morgan - Oak Harbor, OH

“God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU, Patrick for your service in Vietnam.. And Semper Fi...... Soldier. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC - OH

“I went to grade school with Pat....always admired him and his Parents and family. God bless him and all of you. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Barbie Green Valentine Pennington - GA

“Dear Mike, Mary Jo, Molly, Ann, and Kate:I was saddened to learn of Pat's death. Thoughts of him have always made me smile and remember some great...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Jon Prochnow - Stow, OH

Our behind the scenes with Pat  The Krebs's & The Hunter's “Pat went out of his way to make our family feel special, in December of 2011 he set up a special behind the scenes tour of the Columbus Zoo for our...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Earl Krebs - RAVENNA, OH - Friend

“Offering our deepest sympathies during this time. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: The Staff of Bissler & Sons Funeral Home - OH

“Offering sincere condolences to your family. May God's promise comfort and sustain you during this difficult time. John 6:40. ”
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Patrick Charles McCafferty, 69, of Kent, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born September 26, 1948 in Akron to Ross John Regis and Ruth Milton (Anderson) McCafferty. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Patrick was a member of the American Legion, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3rd Degree Member and Deputy Grand Knight of the Newman Center Council 15312 Knights of Columbus, a Past-President of both the Kent Jaycees and the Kiwanis Club of Kent. In his own words, "I believed in giving back to the community. If you can serve others, do it."

He retired in 2014 from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium where he was the Director of Facilities. He was previously employed by Six Flags Great Adventures in NJ, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, and SeaWorld Ohio in Aurora, OH, and the Davey Tree Company.

After retiring from the Columbus Zoo, Pat loved being with his family. He spent time hiking, riding bicycles, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing with his treasured close circle of longtime friends. He enjoyed traveling, especially with his brother, Mike, visiting Ireland, and driving through the American Southwest and New England states.

He is survived by brother, Michael (Ann Obery) McCafferty of Seattle, WA; sisters, Mary Jo (Charlie Carlson) McCafferty of Juneau, AK, Molly (Gus VanVliet) McCafferty of Juneau, AK, Anne (Jeff Coe) McCafferty of Golden, CO; and Kate (Rich) Doty of Kent; nieces and nephews, Chandra (Jordan Hershman) Travers, Garrett (Tarah) Doty, Justin Doty, Leah Coe, and Mara Coe; great nieces and nephew, Nova, Aiden and Emma; and many Godchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Ruth McCafferty.

Calling hours will be Sunday, June 10th at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory from 2:00-6:00pm. Funeral Services will be at University Parish Newman Center in Kent on Monday, June 11 at 10:30am. Burial will be held at Standing Rock Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Portage Park District Foundation. 705 Oakwood St., Suite 4, Ravenna, OH 44266.

Pat's Irish eyes are smiling down upon us.

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1361 North Mantua Street Kent, OH 44240
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