Thomas Michael “Mike” Rafferty, 77, of Lynn Avenue, Weston, passed away at 8:55 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Hospice at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following a long battle with cancer.
He was born at home on Cove Lick in Copley on May 11, 1940, a son of the late James Timothy Rafferty and Lura Frances Paugh Rafferty.
On December 23, 1988, he married the love of his life, Brenda “Sue” Swiger, who will miss him dearly after 28 years of marriage.
Mike’s legacy as a hard working, and devoted father will be passed on to his son, James Michael Rafferty, who he so proudly loved. He is also survived by four step children; several step grandchildren; one sister, Mary Agnes Rafferty Turner and husband, Larry, of Reidsville, NC; two brother-in-laws: Ray Swiger and wife, Sue, of Weston, and Dwayne Swiger, and wife, Patricia, of Salem; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two siblings: James Francis Rafferty, and Regina Sue “Susie” Rafferty Alkire; and one stepdaughter.
Mike graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1957, and became an honored veteran of the United States Army. He spent most of his life working as a self-employed contractor, a career that he felt was more of a calling than a job. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking long scenic drives, and spending time with his family. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Weston.
Friends and family will gather at St. Bernard Catholic Church, in Loveberry, from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon with Father George Manjadi as celebrant. Following cremation, private interment will be held in the Loveberry Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Boniface Catholic Church Cemetery 9140 U.S. Hwy 33W Camden, WV 26338.
The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd., in Jane Lew, is honored and privileged to serve the family of Mike Rafferty. Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.