Memorial services for Mr. James Leo “Jim” Lafferty, age 93 of Winchester will be conducted Friday, October 2, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Winchester with Father Jean Baptiste Kyabuta officiating. Mr. Lafferty passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the Willows of Winchester.
He was born July 23, 1922 in Jersey City, New Jersey the son of the late James and Helen Lafferty. After high school, Jim enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and served his country until March 31, 1941 where he was honorably discharged with the rank of Private. He resided most of his life in Carteret, New Jersey with his beloved wife, Helen. Jim and Helen were married on January 6, 1945 and spent 59 years together prior to her passing on February 2, 2004. Following her death, Jim moved to Winchester in 2006. In earlier years, he was employed in engineering sales but his real passion in life was music. Jim was extremely gifted and could play most instruments, a requirement of his mother during his childhood years. He attended the world renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York City. He was most accomplished in playing the accordion and the piano, which he loved. His talents led Jim to starting the band “The Stardusters” which performed big band music for special events such as parties and bar mitzvah’s. The Stardusters were very popular and performed with Frank Sinatra as well as other big names of the day.
In more recent years, Jim still enjoyed entertaining others while playing the piano at the Franklin County Country Club where he was a member as well as at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center. Everyone who knew “Mr. Jim”, as he was affectionately called, loved him and he and his music will be forever missed by all. He was also a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Winchester.
He is survived by three children, Robert “Bob” Lafferty and wife, Phyllis of Winchester, TN; James Lafferty of Woodbridge, NJ and Patricia Kelemen of Rahway, NJ and six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Samatarian, 1725 Decherd Blvd., Decherd, TN 37324
Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family of Mr. James Lafferty