Shawn's Story

NEW CASTLE, PA. - Shawn Edward McCaffrey passed away peacefully Monday, July 27, 2015, in Pittsburgh, Pa, following a brief illness. He was 58.

Shawn was born August 4, 1956, in Skowhegan, Maine, the son of Eugene and Eleanor Barker McCaffrey. Graduating from the University of Maine in 1978 with a degree in Civil Engineering, Shawn spent the last 27 years of his career working as an engineer for the Kellogg's Company.

In 1985, he married and spent the next 30 years with the love of his life, Rita Reichart, formerly of Sharpsville, Pa. She survives at home.

Shawn is also survived by three children, Erin, Ian and Caitlin McCaffrey; his mother, Eleanor McCaffrey of Old Town, Maine; and his siblings, Shannon McCaffrey, Bonnet McCaffrey and Brandy St. Pierre.

A special and unique soul, Shawn was very funny and enjoyed being active, playing sports, camping, and working on his home and camp with his wife. Shawn's best moments were those spent around loved ones and friends teaching, entertaining and overall enjoying life. Shawn will always be remembered for his optimism, sense of humor, selflessness and energetic personality. He will continue to live on in our minds and hearts.

The McCaffrey and Reichart family would like to thank everyone for their love and support.

Calling hours will be held 3-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 111 West Falls St., New Castle, PA 16101, where a service will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mcgoniglefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.
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