Edward F. Caffrey, Jr., 63, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at his home in Oley, Pa.
Born in Oreland, Pa., he is the oldest son of Edward F. Caffrey, Sr. of Marmora, N.J., and the late Mary V.(Sullivan) Caffrey.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary J. (Danks) Caffrey of Oley, Pa.; a daughter, Jeannine, wife of Anthony Jacobs, of Allen, Texas; a daughter, Joan, of Newport, R.I.; a son, Sean, husband of Angela, of Tampa, Fla.; grandsons Ryan and Noah Jacobs of Allen, Texas; sisters Margaret Sullivan of Mystic, Conn., and Suzanne Bryce of Ocean City, N.J.; and brothers Thomas of Moorestown, N.J., and Eugene of Medford, N.J.
Captain Caffrey retired from the U.S. Navy in 2001 after 30 years of proudly serving our country. He was a carrier naval aviator flying the E2-C Hawkeye. He had the privilege of commanding VAW 121, VAW 120, and Airborne Early Warning Wing Atlantic. During his tenure as Commodore, he established the VAW/VRC Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor fallen aviators.
His other duties included Navigation Officer aboard the USS John F. Kennedy, deployed to the Red Sea in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm; Chief of Staff to the USS George Washington, deployed to the Med/Persian Gulf; and Joint Military Operations Department Faculty Director, Naval Operational Planner Course, at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
Following his naval career, Ed worked as Director of Operations at Valley Forge Military Academy and as Business Development Leader at Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation.
Ed was a graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School in 1966. He earned a B.S. in Finance from La Salle College in 1970 and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, College of Naval Warfare in Newport, R.I., in 1998.
A viewing will be held at Lutz Funeral Home, Inc., 2100 Perkiomen Ave., Reading, PA 19606 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2012. On Monday, March 12, 2012, Ed’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Catharine of Siena Catholic Church, 4975 Boyertown Pike (Rt. 562), Reading, PA 19606. Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. with viewing prior to the Mass at 9 a.m. The burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on April 2, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to VAW/VRC Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 15322, Norfolk, VA 23511-0322, http://www.vaw-vrc-memorialfund.org/Home.html; or Astra Zeneca Hope Lodge , 110 W. Laurel Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19012.
Arrangements are made by Lutz Funeral Home Inc., Mount Penn, Pa. For online condolences, please visit www.lutzfuneralhome.com.