John Michael Raftery, Sr.

John Michael Raftery, Sr. December 20, 1944 – April 23, 2020

John Michael Raftery, Sr. was born 0n Boston December 20, 1944 and grew up in Charlestown. He worked at the Schrafft’s Candy Factory. John. His father was John Patrick Raftery and his mother was Rita (Edmundson) Raftery. John had two sisters, Geraldine Raftery and Maureen (Raftery) Stearns who preceded him in death (April 7, 2019). John married Barbara Rose (Nuccio) Raftery in 1961 (who preceded him death on April 13, 2020). They have four children: Mary Raftery (Everett, MA), John Michael Raftery, Jr. (Saugus, MA), Joseph David Raftery (Chelsea, MA) and Sherri Raftery-Patton (Boston, MA). John had five grandchildren children Nito, Cecilia, Joseph, Jr., Patrick, Sabrina and a great-grand son Desmond.

John enrolled in the United States Army in the 1970’s and served during the Vietnam War. He then lived in Reno Nevada for 15-years and worked as a slot mechanic at the Riverside Casino. He enrolled in college courses at University Nevada, Reno and studied phlebotomy. He then lived in North Dakota for several years before returning to the Boston area. He lived in Saugus with his son John, Jr. in their house for 10-years until he was place in the Norwood Nursing Home in August 2019, where he contracted the Covid-19 Virus and passed on Tuesday April 21, 2020.

John spent many days at the Suffolk Downs Horse Track and Wonderland Dog Tracks in Revere, MA. He like to deep sea fish, watch sports, cook banana pancakes, and play music on his real-to-real record machine. John leaves his four children, five grand-children, and great-grand son, sister, nieces, and nephews, family and friends. If you would like to make a donation in his name to The Home for Little Wanderers –


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  1. SHERRI RAFTERY-PATTON on May 2, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    I love you Daddy, and will miss YOU. I am sooo very sorry that Covid-19 cut your life short. Now you are with Ma. I have both of your ashes on my shelf and will bury them together in North Reading – imagine that?! I will miss seeing your beautiful blue eyes smiling back at me. Now you are with your sister Maureen/Auntie Renee. So glad you named me after your favorite song “Sherry Baby”! xOx

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