Gerald Joseph Gaffney (1930 - 2019)

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Service Information
Celebration of Life
Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5002 Shenandoah Lane Place
Baton Rouge, LA
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Obituary

On Saturday July 6, 2019, Gerald Joseph Gaffney, age 88, passed away at home with loved ones by his side, in Baton Rouge La. He was a loving devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend. He was also a patriotic american having served 18 years in the National Guard. Born August 14, 1930 in New Orleans, he went to Nichols High School where he worked on his ice truck and played football. He then attended Southeastern University on a football Scholarship and graduated in 1954. On April 24,1954 he married the love of his life Sylvia Ann Arnaud. They were married for 61 years until her death on May 30, 2015. They had 4 children in 6 years. In 1962 with a move to New York he worked on Wall Street for American Sugar. After 5 years they decided to move back to New Orleans to raise the kids near family. Jerry never regretted giving up Wall Street for his family to have southern values. Having been raised during the depression, it was very important to him to provide an education,opportunities and a better life for his children. Jerry loved his family, friends, country and of course to hunt and fish. He always had a smile on his face and a cheerful attitude. He would always say he was a simple man who was darn "Lucky". Those who knew him were "Lucky" also. Local Ice Truck to Wall Street, 9th Ward to World Traveler, Patriot,Sportsman, Man for Others, Family over Everything, "I wasn't going to let anyone outwork me", "Don't Look up to anyone, but never look down on anyone either" "Don't let them get to you ", "There is nothing you can't do", "Give them hell Champ","Take care of that Girl" and of course "Yes Dear" He is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Anna Gaffney, numerous brothers, sisters, friends and his dearly missed wife Sylvia A Gaffney, He is survived by his loving sons Michael (Terry), Stephen (Diane), David (Corey), and daughter Susan Gaffney, his grandchildren Christopher (Stephanie), Jonathan (Jordan), Austin (Melissa), Dana and Alex Gaffney and great-grand children Gavin, June, Gabe Myles and Lily Gaffney. A celebration of his life will be held on July 16 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm at 5002 Shenandoah Lane Place, Baton Rouge, La 70817. In Lieu of Flowers please make donations to the .
Published in TheAdvocate.com from July 9 to July 16, 2019
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