Raymond Joseph Lafferty, Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA, formerly of Oakdale, PA, was reunited with his parents and brothers in heaven on August 30, 2022, at the age of 89. He was born October 21, 1932, in Cresson, PA, to Raymond Joseph, Sr. and Vera (Hart) Lafferty.
Ray is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margery (Graff) and their children, Kathy (Gerald) Hupp of Virginia Beach, Sally (Ron) Cord of Pittsburgh, Judy (Ron) West of Birmingham, Raymond (Christine) Lafferty of Suffolk, Kelly Christianson of Virginia Beach, and Michael (Dawn) Lafferty of Oakdale. He was a cherished brother of Monsignor John Lafferty (deceased), Laverne Neumann of Chevy Chase, Clarence Lafferty (deceased), and Patricia Negherbon of Harrisburg. Ray was blessed to have 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren with 2 on the way. Ray also has many beloved nieces and nephews.
Ray graduated from St. Francis University and shortly after met the love of his life, Margery, a Johnstown Girl. After a three week courtship, they married and moved to Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne. Ray was a loving and dedicated family man who instilled a love of the beach in all of his children with annual trips to Ocean City, MD. These trips often included extended family members and childhood friends. Throughout his life, Ray was an active supporter of West Allegheny Athletics through the various activities and sports of his children and grandchildren. Most of his career was spent with Mcgraw-Hill Publishing Company where he excelled in sales. Upon retirement, Ray and Marge enjoyed traveling, visiting family, wintering in Florida, and enjoying beachlife in Rodanthe, NC. He especially loved spending time with his growing family. Together with his wife, Ray started an annual tradition to gather his family in Canaan Valley, WV to celebrate the Christmas holiday. This time spent with family; enjoying winter sports, preparing large family meals, and the hilarity of gift exchanges continue to bring joyful memories of time together. Ray was a devout Catholic, proud Irishman, and beloved family man. He loved cheering for his Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins.
There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on September 10, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 712 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach 23452. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. Arrangements entrusted to Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory, Virginia Beach, VA.
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