James Francis Rafferty, 92, of Surfside Beach, South Carolina, passed peacefully in his sleep on April 4, 2018 following a brief illness.
Born to Evelyn Becker Rafferty and Nicholas Rafferty on March 16, 1926 in New York City, James is survived by his wife of 65 years Anita Petta Rafferty; his children James J. Rafferty, Timothy W. Rafferty, Susan M. DeGaetano, Lynn A. LeClere, Thomas S. Rafferty, Terence R. Rafferty, Mary A. Voight and Kerry A. Lewandoski and 15 grandchildren; his sisters Catherine Keller, Evelyn Hnatov, and his brothers Gerald Rafferty and Patrick Rafferty along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Evelyn and Nicholas Rafferty and brothers Robert Rafferty, Richard Rafferty and Kenneth Rafferty.
A decorated World War II combat veteran, James served in the 20th Army Air Force initially as an aerial gunner then as a flight engineer on B-29s in the Pacific theater. After the war he was an honors graduate of Hofstra University and began a storied professional life beginning in the engineering department at Fairchild Aviation to becoming a specialist in electronic stocks on the American Stock Exchange where he was instrumental in bringing many companies public.
Eventually, as a venture capitalist and entrepreneurial inventor, he designed, engineered and patented a sewage waste treatment system known as Guardian Sanitation Systems. Later he developed a nutritional beverage for both third world and domestic markets. James was a visionary, future forward thinker who was also an ardent defender of liberty and deeply patriotic. He was known for his generosity and was a faithful and loving Christian, husband, father and grandfather.
A memorial service will be held at Calverton National Cemetery, 210 Princeton Blvd. Calverton, NY on June 2, 2018 at 10:00 am.
Condolences may be made at www.burroughsfh.com
Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843.651.1440) of Murrells Inlet is assisting the family.
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