Obituary: McCafferty, 86, passes away
April 2, 2009
Surrounded by family and friends, James Rivard (Jim) McCafferty of Tahoe City died peacefully on March 14 at the VA Hospital in Reno, Nev. Born in Berkeley, Calif., on Feb. 3, 1923, he moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1935, where he attended Loyola High School. He attended Loyola University until his education was interrupted by World War II.
Joining the Army a day after his 20th birthday, Jim fought in North Africa before returning to Fort Benning Georgia for training as a paratrooper and demolitions expert. As a member of Company I, 513th Parachute Infantry, Jim was severely wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, returning to the U.S. in 1945 to spend several years in the hospital recovering from his wounds.
Jim received a Good Conduct Medal, a Purple Heart, WWII Victory Medal, an American Theater Medal, European African Medal, and Eastern Medal with one bronze star. While never being anti-military, Jim was staunchly anti-war the rest of his life.
Returning to Loyola University, Jim completed his studies and graduated with a BS in Social Studies in 1951. He taught history and government in Alhambra, California until 1960.
In 1958, he married Sue Billups of Stockton, California, where she had been teaching K-2 since 1953, and in 1960, moved to Tahoe City, where they were owner-operators of Lake of the Sky Motor Inn for 24 years with Jim’s cousin, Paul Rivard. Jim and Sue raised four sons: Patrick, John, Peter, and Bill. He enjoying skiing, fishing, hunting and the many other benefits of living in a mountain community. Jim was active in the Tahoe City Motel Association, scouts, various environmental issues, and had a keen interest in politics and government.
Jim was preceded in death by his brother, George, on Feb. 14, of this year and by his sister-in-law, Beverly Ann Baird, on Feb. 15. He is survived by his wife, Sue, and four sons ” Patrick and his wife, Vonnie, of Chico, Calif., and their son, Sean, and daughter, Nora; John of Tahoe City; Peter of Tahoe City; and Bill of Grass Valley, Calif. ” and numerous nieces and nephews.
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A memorial was held on Saturday, March 28, at the Tahoe City Golf Course, where family and friends celebrated his life of 86 years. He will be missed.
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