William J. McCafferty

William J. McCafferty

November 14, 1941 – June 17, 2020

 Age 78.  Preceded in death by parents, William P. and Agnes W. McCafferty.  Survived by wife, Mary P. McCafferty; daughter, Colleen Thiele (Ted); son, Mike McCafferty (Gretchen); stepdaughters: Sarah Walsh, Meghan and Ted Gilbert; stepson, Ryan Spinharney (Pearl); 20 grandchildren; sisters: Peggy Hoskins (Marty), Gerrie Zimmerman, Mary Nastase, Kathy Griffith (Dick); sister-in-law, Linda Boyd; brother-in-law, Bill Sage; nieces and nephews.

Attended Holy Angels Grade School, Holy Name High School, Creighton University – Omaha, NE, St. Lawrence College – Mt. Calvary, WI.  He coached youth sports at Holy Angels and St. Richard’s Catholic Grade Schools in Omaha.  In the 60’s and 70’s William helped for the Big 8 Football League of Omaha Catholic Grade Schools.

William served on the parish councils at both St. Richard’s and St. Elizabeth Ann Catholic Churches, the Keystone Baseball League Board of Directors and coached youth sports there for approximately 5 years as well as serving as the Sponsorship Coordinator of the league.

McCafferty worked in the security and investigative business for 40 years associated with Pinkertons National Detective Agency, McCafferty and Associates, Security International, Guardsman Security, Wells Fargo Guards Investigative Services, American Security and Allen and Associates.

Since 2010, Bill served as a greeter at Nebraska Medicine and the Home Depot.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Sunday, June 21st from 5pm to 7pm, at St. Elizabeth Ann Catholic Church (5419 N. 114th St.) followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, June 22nd, 10am, St. Elizabeth Ann Catholic Church.  INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post #1.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Elizabeth Ann Catholic Church or Holy Name Catholic Church.

 

 

30 Comments

  • Lisa M. Burke Posted June 18, 2020 3:04 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing Mary Pat. He was a lovely man.

  • Mike and Heather Oestmann Posted June 19, 2020 7:41 am

    Sorry for your loss. We were all part of a great friends/family group!

  • Robert Cooney Posted June 19, 2020 10:16 am

    My condolences to your family. I knew Bill from his days in Holy Angels Grade School and Holy Name High. He. was always friendly and remembered what fun times we shared. He would call me once in a while to check on people he was checking into and we would discuss past acquaintances. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Carla Costello Walker Posted June 19, 2020 1:00 pm

    My heart goes out to the McCafferty family. Bill was a wonderful and amazing man. He will be greatly missed.

  • Pete and Sharon Giglia Posted June 19, 2020 1:25 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to you Mary.

  • Debhora Hamler Posted June 19, 2020 7:21 pm

    I’ve passed this lovely man so many times on my way to work at Nebraska Medicine or on weekends at Home Depot. I had no idea he was a fellow Holy Namer!! I would have loved to talk to about HN & Holy Angels/St Richards. Bless his soul, he put smiles on the faces of many many employees, patients and visitors at Nebraska Medicine over the years. He will be greatly missed at the entrance of the Durham Outpatient Center.

  • Susie Needham Posted June 20, 2020 7:55 am

    He one the kindest man. He made a point to talk with everyone, always asking how their day was going. Even when he was diagnosed with cancer and having pain, he still continued to work and was very optimistic about his diagnosis. His presence in this hospital will be greatly missed and remembered by all he encountered daily as he left quite a legacy . My prayers and thought are with you.

  • Bruce Prenosil Posted June 20, 2020 9:01 am

    Joan and I were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our prayers go out to all of Bill’s family and wife Mary. When I had my heart transplant 11 years ago, Bill was working and greeting people at the Nebraska Medical Center. Those were some very difficult times for me and family. But Bill really cared about people. He would greet me as I was admitted again to the hospital, prior to my transplant. He once told me, “Life is hard when you take it by the yard. But life is a synch when you take it by the inch. That was so helpful to me. So long my dear friend until we meet again.

  • Joey and Liz Valinoti Posted June 20, 2020 3:12 pm

    Our prayers are with you Mary Pat. Sending love

  • Liz and Joey Valinoti Posted June 20, 2020 3:21 pm

    We are praying for you Mary Pat. Sending love!

  • Tom Burke Jr and Wendy Burke Posted June 20, 2020 3:31 pm

    ‘Bill was an angel of a man in every sense of the word. He inspired all who came into contact with him. We pray for you Mary Pat and for the whole family. ‘Bill is truly home now. God Bless.

  • Thomas Dwyer Posted June 20, 2020 4:10 pm

    Knew Bill at Holy Angels and Holy Name. Always liked him, He was hard not to like.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  • Nancy Reuther Posted June 21, 2020 9:19 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, Mary. Bill was a wonderful man and you have many good memories. I am glad I got to meet him when I was in Omaha. He and I went to the same high school at different times.

  • Scott Sorenson Posted June 21, 2020 3:26 pm

    Bill was always smiling whenever I seen him, and always had a positive story to tell me. He loved his grandkids and all their awesome accomplishments. Mac and Gretchen, our prayers are with you and the entire family to help cherish all the memories and great stories Bill gave us all! God Bless, Scott and Sheri Sorenson

  • Tim Mannion Posted June 21, 2020 5:29 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Condolences to all.

  • Donna [Dawkins] DeMeulmeester Posted June 21, 2020 8:54 pm

    So sorry for the loss of the McCafferty Family . I went to Holy Angels Grade school with Bill and he was always a fun kid at that time. I remember all the work he did to help raise funds for St. Richards School. He did so much for the community and helping others. Bill, may All the Holy Angels escort you into Paradise.

  • Becky Myers Posted June 22, 2020 6:26 am

    So sorry about your loss. Bill will be missed around the hospital. Bill’s smile was nice to see coming through the lobby. True sill miss Bill. Prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  • Kim Landon Posted June 22, 2020 6:49 am

    So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I knew him from NE Medicine and it was always so great to see his smiling face & chat with him for a bit most days. He will be missed by MANY who had this same positive interaction. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Barbara Harrison Posted June 22, 2020 6:53 am

    So sorry for your loss and our loss. As an employee of the Med Center I have always appreciated and enjoyed his smile and always acknowledgement from him. Please know that he will be missed. Prayers to the family

  • Frank Lococo Posted June 22, 2020 7:20 am

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. Bill was such a great individual who went above and beyond to greet people and make them feel at ease, especially during such a stressful time in their lives. I looked forward to seeing as I walked through campus. He was always quick with a warm hello.

  • Kathy Neill Posted June 22, 2020 8:18 am

    Bill was my very first date to his junior prom. I had no idea how to behave. He guided and talked me through it like the loquacious gentleman he always was. He became a special hometown friend for me all these many years. My parents, siblings, husband and son loved him. He was my brother, Joe’s godfather. My son said it best, “Mom, he exudes goodness from every pore.” Thank you, Bill for being a part of our lives.

  • Sheryl McKim Posted June 22, 2020 8:24 am

    Bill was my boss at Guardsman Security when I was in my early 20’s. I later ran into him at The Nebraska Medical Center when I became a PA @ TNMC. He was a good, honest, fair and caring man. May he rest in peace. My condolences to the family.

  • Mike and Terri Clemens Darby Posted June 22, 2020 10:50 am

    He was always Billy to our family. Knew him from 1955 at Holy Angels and throughout our lives. He was like a little brother and so easy to love. God be with the entire McCafferty family as God is truly with “Billy”.

  • M S Posted June 22, 2020 9:24 pm

    Sorry for your loss Mary Pat

  • Tracy Hanzek Posted June 23, 2020 8:05 am

    My heart is broken for Mary, Bill’s children and grandchildren. He was a very special man with the best stories. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren and couldn’t wait to share their accomplishments. He and I shared a special Irish bond and having lost my father to cancer on St. Patrick’s Day of 2018 made it even more unique. Walking thru the doors of the hospital will never be the same. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Vickey & Ramon Cordoba Posted June 23, 2020 8:14 am

    Bill, your smiling face will be missed greatly when we enter work daily. The jokes you and Ramon shared I never understood (must of been a guy thing) 🙂 Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  • Lisa Butler-Walker Posted June 26, 2020 6:19 am

    I am so so so sorry to hear this. William was the friendliest person you ever want to me. If you were having a bad day just talk to him, he could always cheer you up. Take your rest Sir, you definitely deserve it. Job well done here on earth. God bless his entire family and friends.

  • Dr S Posted June 26, 2020 5:31 pm

    He brightened my day and the days of hundreds of other people with his kind smile and warm eye contact at the DOC and Cancer Center. I wish I would have told him how much I appreciated him. He is proof that a kind word can change some strangers day. UNMC misses him!

  • Cori McBride, MD Posted June 26, 2020 5:38 pm

    I work at Nebraska Medical Center and genuinely appreciated all the time and support Bill our in as. Volunteer. He was a very special man who helped so many patients find their way and feel welcome and we all will miss him.

  • Joyce Howard McKallagat Posted July 16, 2020 10:11 am

    Sorry I am so late. Bill was good friends of my brother Gary Howard from Holy Angles. I When ever I or my sister, Dubby, saw him he would always say “kenwood 7510” and smile that smile. My condolences to all his family.

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