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In loving memory of
George D. Karaffa
  • January 06, 1959
  • -
  • December 26, 2019

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Obituary

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.


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  1. 22 Jan 2020
    Kenneth Walters lit a candle:
    Lit since January 22, 2020 at 1:17:18 AM

  2. 28 Dec 2019
    Cindy & Jeff Klein posted an image:
    Will always remember George as a good friend & co-worker.  Thoughts & prayers - may God bless you all, Pat & family.
    Will always remember George as a good friend & co-worker. Thoughts & prayers - may God bless you all, Pat & family.

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