It is with great sadness the family of George D. Karaffa, age 60, announces his passing on Dec. 26, 2019 after a five month challenge of heart failure.
George will very much be missed by his wife, Patricia (McGarry) of 31 years & his dog Lucy.
George is survived by: Sisters; Penny (Gary) Smith, Donna (Curt) Deatrich
Pat’s siblings; Sharon (Tom) Clydesdale, William (Elizabeth) McGarry, Debbie (Paul) Molan, and Kelly (Ron) Nikolet
His Mother In Law : Shirley McGarry.
He enjoyed his nieces and nephews: Kara, Casey, Emily, Aaron, Kyle, Justin & Lauren, and many more relatives and friends.
George was pre-deceased by his parents: George & Elizabeth Karaffa, brother Timothy Karaffa, his baby sister Judith Ann Karaffa, Pat’s sibling: Chris (Paul) McGarry, and father in law: William McGarry Sr.
George was a Willoughby South High graduate & a Willoughby Firefighter in years past.
He became a police officer in 1982. Officer Karaffa worked for police departments in Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio and Punta Gorda, Florida where he retired in 2012.
George was an avid and accomplished golfer, recently shooting his best round of 73. He met friends on many courses over the years and enjoyed immensely their time together.
Many of Georges fellow Officers, friends & family remember him for his kind heart, quality of his life, & work and his warm smile.
George knows God and was blessed. He loved everyone.
There will be a celebration of Georges life in Ohio at a later date.