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Edward C. Raftery

February 05, 1937 ~ December 27, 2023

Edward C. Raftery Jr, a 31-year resident of Vero Beach, FL, died December 27, 2023, surrounded by his adoring family after a brief illness. He was 86.
Ed was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 5, 1937, to Edward C Raftery Sr. And Marie Antoinette Titus. He was raised in Forest Hills, NY and attended Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Brooklyn Prep High School, St. John’s University, and CWPost Graduate School.
In 1961, he married Marion Jacobsen. Together, they raised six children: Edward III, William, Richard, Ann, John, and Elizabeth in Setauket, NY.
Ed was a high school English teacher in Smithtown, NY. He loved reading and was passionate about drama.He directed many talented students in several lavish Broadway-like productions.
In 1992, Mr. Raftery retired from teaching and moved to Vero Beach, FL. His wife, Marion, died in 1995 after 34 years of marriage.
In 1999, Ed met and married Nancy Crowson and began a 20-year love affair of dancing, traveling, volunteering, and fun with friends and family. They both were able to travel the world well into their eighties.
Ed was heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity, not only organizing and planning projects, but eager to build. He and Nancy were dedicated to delivering food and companionship through Meals on Wheels. His strong faith was evident in his words and actions as he was devoted to the Roman Catholic Church all of his life. He prayed the rosary daily.
Ed is survived by five of his children: William, Richard, Ann, John (Nancy) Raftery, Elizabeth Cannon, two stepdaughters: Beth (Bill) Southworth and June (Scott) Davis, as well as ten grandchildren: MaryBeth Cannon, Megan, Kelly, Erin, Patrick Raftery, Andy (Kim), Jonathan (Sara) Stone, Laura (Tyler) Grimm, Richard (Megan) Davis, Jenny (Michael) Miniati, and two great-grandchildren, Kipton and Caroline Stone.


Elizabeth Cannon

January 12, 2024, 2:28 pm

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am on Monday, February 5, 2024 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 7550 26th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32966.

Elizabeth Cannon

January 13, 2024, 3:24 pm

In lieu of flower, please send donations to VNA Hospice.

Noel Chapman

January 13, 2024, 10:46 pm

Eddie, You drove everybody everywhere, all the time.
You still are the Biggest Heart.

SJU. 1959.

Joyce and James O'Neill

January 15, 2024, 2:05 pm

Our condolences and prayers are with the family at this sad time. May you find comfort in all the happy memories. May he rest in peace.

Nancy Fitz

January 24, 2024, 11:35 pm

Hi Bill! Long time- no see! I’m so sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. I loved your dad and am thinking of you and your family…Dawn passed the info along. Love you…

Kasia and Bob

January 26, 2024, 1:29 pm

So sorry for the loss of your Dad. What a wonderful loving kind special man. His love is eternal and will always be your angel. Rest in peace. In our prayers

Linda Dannen

January 26, 2024, 5:55 pm

I’m aware of how much you loved him.
Your faith in God will get you through this.
I am sorry.

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