Eugene J. McCaffrey Jr.


Eugene J. McCaffrey Jr., 84, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Ann (Davis) McCaffrey.

He was a son of Eugene J. and Catherine (Atkinson) McCaffrey. Born in Providence, he grew up in Oakland Beach. Gene was a graduate of LaSalle Academy, Providence College, and Suffolk University Law School. Upon graduation from PC, he served our country proudly as a member of the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Major. He enrolled in Suffolk University Law School, going to school nights, while working as Executive Secretary to Mayor Horace E. Hobbs. After graduation, he opened one of the first full time law practices in Warwick, practicing for over 50 years. He was elected to the RI House of Representatives and RI Senate. In 1972, he was elected Mayor of Warwick, serving two terms. Gene was involved in many civic organizations: Warwick Council Knights of Columbus, charter member of Gaspee Day Committee, Warwick Rotary-Paul Harris Fellow, and Tri-City Elks Lodge. He was a communicant and Trustee of St. Benedict Church and a member of the Rhode Island and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.

He is survived by his children: Honorable Mary E. McCaffrey, Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey and wife, Deirdre, John T. McCaffrey and wife, Margaret, Eugene J. McCaffrey III, and William D. McCaffrey and wife, Heather. He was Gramps to his adoring grandchildren: Michael, Cailin, Brenna, Catherine, Deirdre, Brendan, Matthew, and Luke. He was the brother of William M. McCaffrey, Robert F. McCaffrey, Irene A. Livsey, and the late Jacqueline F. McCaffrey.

His funeral will be held Monday, June 26, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. from the Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home, 2435 Warwick Avenue with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Benedict Church, Beach Ave. at 10 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Greenwich. Visiting hours Sunday 3-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to LaSalle Academy, 612 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI 02908 or Bishop Hendricken High School, 2615 Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 02889 will be appreciated. Information and condolences, visit


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