Charles F. "Bud" McCafferty, 1943
Dad, August 19, 1915 - March 27, 2008
After training at Sheepshead Bay, NY,
served during WWII as a merchant seaman
and endured the rigors of the high seas
from Aruba (Caribbean) to Odessa (Russia),
in the engine rooms of defenseless cargo ships,
hunted by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats,
while his bride and two young sons prayed at home for his safe return.
The prayers worked.
Many were not as fortunate, paying the ultimate price for our freedom.
Can we ever say "Thank You" enough?
Mom (1916 - 2004)
with sons Mike (left) and Bud, 1945.
(click here for more info about "Mom")
This First Communion photo was taken in 1921,
when my father was a student at
Our Mother of Sorrows
(Catholic) Elementary School, Philadelphia.
A 16 year old student
North Catholic High School (class of 1932), Philadelphia.
Photo taken 1931, the Great Depression
is well under way, only 8 more years to go.
Coming up next: the world at war, six children,
hard work and the good fortune of prosperity,
space travel, the 21st century, the internet,
15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren!
Who could have guessed such a future?
The Future is a wonderful thing,
each breath gives you more of it,
and you can do anything you want with it.
Verna and Bud,
partners in marriage 64 years,
seen here plotting their next adventures,
while on a walk among the trees, near their home.
Photo taken during the week
of their 84th and 85th birthdays, respectively,
the mission of securing a banana
for the fruit salad,
this young (mid twenties), impetuous couple stepped away
from the preparations of a dinner
with the parents
and drove through the night in their tired, 60hp '37 Ford coupe
to Warrenton, Virginia and were married.
The day was Monday, April 1, 1940.
April Fools Day.
Charles F. (Jr.),
Founder/partner in McCafferty Ford, Langhorne PA
started in 1954
and now under the management of new owners.