Lee A. McCaffrey

Died: Sat., Jun. 9, 2018


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 15, 2018
Location: Cuyahoga Falls

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Jun. 16, 2018
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

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Lee A. McCaffrey, 87, of Cuyahoga Falls passed away Saturday,
June 9,2018.

Born in Fulton, NY, he was a long-time Akron-area resident. He
worked as a chemical engineer for Goodyear Tire and Rubber for 40
years and Shell Oil for 2 years. He was an active member of St.
Joseph Catholic Church, serving as commentator, high school CCD
teacher, and for 44 years director of the contemporary choir. He
also served for 20 years as contemporary choir director at Holy
Family Parish in Stow.

Preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Maureen and 2
brothers, Lee is survived by his son, Fr. Kevin McCaffrey;
daughter, Kathy Marquardt; grandchildren, Michelle and Eric (Kate)
Marquardt; great-grandchildren, Riley and Wyatt Marquardt; brother,
Harry McCaffrey; brother-in-law, Ted (Joan) Griffin; sister-in-law,
Bonnie Griffin, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Calling hours 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Ciriello & Carr
Falls Chapel, 810 Portage Tr., Cuyahoga Falls.

Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church,
followed by interment at Oakwood Cemetery.

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Heather (Ling) Gerber
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
Lee welcomed me in to the Contemporary Choir at Holy Family as a guitar player when I was 9 years old. Now, 38 years later, I'm directing my 2 contemporary ensembles at 2 parishes just like he did - and I owe it ALL to him. He was my mentor, a fierce supporter, and he put up with me during my teen years when I was at my worst. Rest in peace, Lee. I feel certain that choirs of angels greeted you. My prayers are with everyone mourning this GIANT of a man.

Laurie A Dain
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. When I found out about Lee, I was devastated. I still am. I remember the phone call like it was yesterday. I fell to the floor and just sobbed. Lee was amazing. I met him almost 18 years ago as I stood in the back of the church holding up the wall. I never sat during church because I figured that other people would need to sit and I had no problem standing at that time. I remember Norm, an usher at St. Joes church coming up to me and telling me that I had a beautiful voice. He proceeded to ask me if I had ever thought about joining the choir. I said no. I then saw Norm walking toward this gentleman that I did not know at all. I just remember him always walking toward the choir loft every week and up the stairs he went.

The next week he came up to me and told me that he heard that I had a beautiful singing voice. I could feel my face turn bright red. I kept going to church and two weeks later, the director told me that the choir practices on Tuesday nights from 7-9. That Tuesday was my first Tuesday in the choir. The choir director...... Was Lee. He was so nice and so were the people that I met. Just amazing. A few weeks passed and he asked me if I wanted to do a solo. I said no at first, but he asked again and I finally said yes. Choir was always amazing for me. Sundays and Tuesdays. Anyone who knows me I loved choir. It paved the roads I went down throughout my life. Really made me happy.

As my time in choir continued, I became very close to Lee. We hugged every time we saw each other and he did a lot for me. He changed my life. He was an inspiration for me and he was a mentor to me. I really looked up to him. He saw me go through High School and so many other things. He allowed me to open up to him. He was the Father of our choir.

He was always concerned about me when it came to my health problems. He always made sure that I was ok. We talked on the phone often and I even went to see him.

I have a few men in my life that I am very close to and that I love with all of my heart and soul. Lee was one of them. We all have people in our lives that care about us no matter what. Those that go through the tough times and help us if need be. He was that for me. The last time that I saw him, he told me that he loved me very much. The last time that I saw him, I went and got him Dunkin' Donuts coffee and a blueberry muffin. I can see him now sitting in his recliner eating the muffin. He always knew how to make me laugh. I can hear him laughing right now.

William Gerber
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
My prayers and condolences are with you Father in your hour of grief. I am sure God will be with and hold you in His loving arms.

Jo Ann (Lattimer) Devine
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
I was in the Contemporary Choir at Holy Family from about 1968 when it started til 1975 when I got married. I loved Lee McCaffrey and he loved everyone in his choirs. He picked me up for choir practice quite often because I was too young to drive. He gave me Mother of Pearl tuning keys for my guitar when I graduated high school in 1972. I still have that guitar to this day and I still play at Mass with our youth. Lee was very supportive to me when my father passed away in 1972. My condolences to his family. He was a dear and great man!
Jo Ann (Lattimer) Devine

Natalie Romano
   Posted Fri June 15, 2018
To the McCaffrey Family:

I am so sorry to hear about your father/grandfather, Lee. I sang under him in the Contemporary Choir at St. Joseph's during my time in graduate school at the University of Akron. He was one of the better choir directors that I have sang under. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Dr. Natalie Romano, PhD.

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