John
F.
Gaffney Sr.


JOHN FRANCIS GAFFNEY SR. was born in Camden, New Jersey on September 6, 1911 to John J. Gaffney and his wife, the former Sarah Kenny. The 1911 Camden City Directory shows the family residing at 411 North 8th Street, and the 1914 edition has the family at 814 Linden Street. John J. Gaffney was working as a bartender at that time. Sadly, he passed away around 1918, possibly during the flu epidemic. The 1918 City Directory and the 1920 Census shows Mrs. Gaffney and her family living at 423 North 6th Street. Besides John, there was older brother Joseph, 9, and sisters Madeline, 5, and Margaret, 19 months of age. Maternal uncles Thomas and Kieran Kenny, who had come from Ireland in 1910 and 1916 respectively, also lived at the North 6th Street home. Mrs. Gaffney also took in boarders, mostly Irish-born shipyard workers like her brothers, and a Navy recruiter, Norris Stone. Members of the Gaffney extended family still resided at 423 North 6th Street in North Camden as late as 1959, as older brother Joseph had become a dentist and made his home and office at that address. The home was taken during the 1960s to make way for an expansion of the bridge toll plaza. 

Sarah Gaffney remarried in the mid-1920s. Her new husband, Thomas Keough, had been one of her boarders. By 1930 he was working as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. 

John F. Gaffney was working when the 1929 City Directory was compiled, as a clerk at one of the nearby American Stores groceries in Camden. 

John F. Gaffney was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on October 1, 1943. When the 1947 City Directory was compiled John F. Gaffney was making his home with his wife Dorothy and son John Gaffney Jr. at 2708 Concord Avenue in Cramer Hill. By 1956 the family had moved to 78 South Dudley Street in East Camden. On February 24, 1964 John Gaffney Jr. joined his father as a member of the Camden Fire Department. 

John Gaffney Sr. was still working as a firefighter as late as October of 1970. He passed away on May 26, 1976.


Director of Public Safety Edward Garrity presents
Chief of Department
Edward MacDowell with a municipal proclamation
Click on Image to Enlarge

Witnessing, from left: Fireman George Wade, Fireman Harrison MacNeir, Fireman John Gaffney Sr., Fireman James Troutman, Fireman Ernest Tartaglia, Captain Allen Hess, Fireman John Yates, District Chief Harry Wagner (obscured), District Chief Edward Michalak, Fireman Dominick Dalanni, Fireman Howard Lewis, Fireman Henry Keubler


Camden Courier-Post  - April 1963

Col. Arthur Bedell - George Baxter - John Gaffney - Austin Marks


George Baxter - John Gaffney - Alfred Pierce - Ray Meadows - Parkside - North Camden
Bradley Avenue - Cedar Street - Sycamore Street - Madeline Saracino


John Gaffney at the H.C. Sharp School - 1964

May 1966

John Gaffney at the Yorkship School
on Collings Road in Fairview
contacting the faculty as part of the
Camden Fire Department
Fire Prevention Program


October 1966 - John Gaffney at Cooper Hospital


 



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