Cathleen A. (Burns) Hafferty

HAFFERTY, Cathleen A. (Burns) 89, of Holbrook, returned to God on Wednesday, July 1 after a brief illness due to brain cancer. She passed peacefully in her home of 60 years in the loving care of her family. Beloved wife of the late William H. Hafferty Jr., she was the proud mother of Beth Hafferty of Hull, Bill and Carol Hafferty of Sandwich, Patty and Dan Guerin of North Easton, Tom and Terri Hafferty of Holbrook and Mary and Chris Sexton of Abington. She is survived by her grandchildren, Kristin and Jason Rutkauskas, Tommy and Jillian Hafferty, Ariana Hafferty, Billy Hafferty, Bryan and Mallory Hafferty, Stefanie Hafferty, Jake Hafferty, Katie Guerin, Emma Sexton and Laura Sexton and her four great-grandsons, Jaxon and Caiden Rutkauskas, Declan Hafferty and Miles Hafferty and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Peggy (Burns) Paget.

Cathy was blessed with many friends and wonderful neighbors. She cherished her time with friends, especially the ‘31 Girls. She made and maintained meaningful connections wherever she went, including while working at Holbrook Town Hall and South Shore Hospital.
Cathy lived life with everyday grace – she was faithful, independent and always had a positive outlook. She was the #1 Fan of all her grandchildren – regularly texting them encouragement, watching them on the playing field, and supporting them in their pursuits.
She found pleasure in simple things – walking the beach, reading, enjoying coffee and jelly donuts after Mass, playing Scrabble, and watching hummingbirds return to her kitchen window each spring.

All who loved her will miss her beautiful smile and easy wit. She will be forever in our hearts.
The family sends special and heartfelt thanks to the hospice professionals for their care and support.

Donations in Cathy’s memory may be made to her favorite charity, Covenant House ( or Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland MA 02370-1055.

Cathy’s family will honor and remember her life privately at a graveside committal service at Union Cemetery, Holbrook. A memorial Mass and celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements under the care of Hurley Currie Funeral Home, 127 South Franklin St., Holbrook.


First Name: barbara
Last Name: gaynor
City: holbrook
State: MA
Entry Date: 07/04/2020

To Cathy’s dear family....She was sweetness personified...we were last together for Gert’s goodbye...whenever in the company of these great “31” ladies you were lucky...we could share wine but there were no new members accepted. Last week I thought of all four best friends that I missed at voting, will miss at town meetings . Oh Cathy say hi to Gert ...with love and tears...barbara

First Name: Ed
Last Name: Teed
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 07/05/2020

Tom,Terri and family so sorry to hear of moms passing praying for you all

First Name: Shelley
Last Name: Stewart
City: Holbrook
State: MA
Entry Date: 07/06/2020

Cathy was my friend and will be missed by all who knew her. Our deepest sympathy to her family.

First Name: Stephen
Last Name: Healey
City: Hingham
State: MA
Entry Date: 07/08/2020

So very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

First Name: Pamela
Last Name: Walker
City: Brockton
State: MA
Entry Date: 07/08/2020

To the Flaherty family our deepest condolences. Our family is all thinking of you during this tough time!

All the Best,


First Name: Stephen
Last Name: Chapman
City: Whitman
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 07/09/2020

Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother Tom may she rest in peace

First Name: Denise
Last Name: Sterner
City: Teaticket
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 07/09/2020

We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please accept our deepest condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.
Love, Don and Denise Sterner

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