My Parents!

Charles F. "Bud" McCafferty, 1943

Dad, August 19, 1915 - March 27, 2008
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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
at 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,
August 2000.

Having accepted 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.

Six children:

Charles F. (Jr.),

Founder/partner in McCafferty Ford, Langhorne PA,
started in 1954 and now under the management of new owners.

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