Paul P. McCaffrey, D.O., 65, passed from this life to the next at home with his family on May 31, 2015. Paul was born in Philadelphia, Pa. to Grace and William McCaffrey. Blessed to cherish shared memories are Pauline, his wife of 37 years; their children, Dr. Kathryn McCaffrey (Scott Gornick –fiancé), Kevin (Rohini Chandrashekhar) and John McCaffrey; also, children in spirit – Samantha Hitchcock, Candy Vandewater (Jeff, Tyler & Tara) and Petri Leivonen (Kaisu, Tobias, & Joonas). Memories will live on with his McCaffrey siblings in Philly - Joe (Ilene), Tom (Marianne), and Grace as well as Bill (Ruth) of Florida. Pueblo in-laws include Alan French, Carol (Glen) Fillmore, Linda Nelson, and John Wesley French as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by premature son, Paul; parents, William and Grace and in-laws, John and Carolyn French. Growing up he played box ball, wire ball, wall ball and stick ball with the neighborhood gang in the narrow streets of Philadelphia row houses. Stories of his high school rowing team adventures are family favorites. At DeSales University in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Paul was on the soccer team and class president graduating in 1971. Paul's medical career began at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, on to an internship in Detroit then served in the National Health Service Corps in Walsenburg, Colorado where he met and married Pauline in 1977. After a residency in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Paul built an outstanding career as a family practice physician in Pueblo. In private practice for 30+ years he joined the new Kaiser Permanente office in 2009. Paul loved medicine and planned to work another 5 years when cancer intervened. Paul faced the challenge with Patience, Acceptance, Understanding, and Love. A bit of Irish humor was present when his brother Tom brought the ugly, frayed tie from the '60s that the two of them had exchanged in unique ways for decades to the hospital for Paul's surgery. The good natured surgeon, Dr. Ojemann, wore the tie in recovery as he checked on his patient – Paul noticed it! Although he enjoyed his profession, he loved the time he spent with family, friends and traveling. Talking medicine with daughter Kate, adventures with Kevin in South America and fishing with John in New Zealand were a few of the many highlights they were blessed to share. He and Pauline made the most of the past year with numerous trips including Oregon, leaving Alaska as the only state he did not get to in his travels. Paul was blessed to be born into a loving family and cultivated relationships with family, friends and co-workers that have shown such kindness and caring for him and his family. Words cannot express how touched the family is by the outpouring of support and love. The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the caregivers for their kindness, concern and professionalism. Drs. Kevin Johnson, John Stageberg, Travis Archuleta and their staff are exceptional as well as the staff of Sangre de Cristo Hospice and Visiting Angels. A private Mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. We will celebrate Paul's life with a memorial service, 11 a.m. Saturday. June 6th, at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center followed by a short reception. His ashes will be interred in Philadelphia after which an Irish wake will celebrate a life well lived. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations: St. John Neumann Catholic School, Fountain Valley School of Colorado, Sangre de Cristo Hospice, or charity of your choice. Paul also mentioned donating a set of books that would go to a school at www.dot-to-dot-books.org of which Kevin is a co-founder; children from several countries benefit. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. I am so sorry for the loss of Dr. McCaffrey. I worked at St. Mary-Corwin with him and he was my mother\’s physician when I moved her to Pueblo. Such a wonderful man and doctor he was. My mother always said \Heis such a handsome man!!\”

  2. I worked at both of Pueblo’s hospitals since 1970. I knew Dr. McCaffrey well and enjoyed working with him. I am sorry for your Loss. Maribeth Geonetta Peters.

  3. Dr. McCaffrey was very supportive of the SCFM Residency Program by allowing our resident physicians to rotate thru his office. Volunteering his time to teach resident physicians during their training was greatly appreciated. He was a kind, caring man and physician – well respected. May you all find comfort during this difficult time and receive strength within the family to carry on. I was happy to have known him thru the Residency and Total Healthcare of Pueblo.

  4. Dear Pauline, and family,
    I would like to extend my deep sadness in the loss of Dr. Paul, and especially for you. Paul and my husband, Michael, were very close in medical school. We had many activities together with doctors they were close with in their group. My thoughts and prayers are with you. What I know of Paul, he was a very caring, understanding and soft spoken man, and I am sure this was extended with his family, and practice as a doctor. My heart goes out to you, Pauline. Love, Nina Centrella

  5. Pauline and family, At this time of deep and personal sadness, please know our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of you husband and father. Dr, McCaffrey was an excellent and caring Doctor. He was always there when we needed him and kept in contact with us and assured we had the top specialist when we needed to travel to Houston. He was a special man and a true friend and he will be missed by so many that had the privilege to know him.

  6. Pauline and Family, We extend our sincere sympathy. Paul was such a nice man and will be deeply missed by so many. We were saddened to read of his health challenges with cancer and of his passing. Our prayers go out to your entire family.

  7. Dear Pauline and Family,
    What a beautiful obituary. I only knew you Pauline, but so enjoyed reading about what a wonderful man Paul was. I am very sorry for your loss. I send you my deepest sympathies and prayers.
    Your Friend,
    Belva Shaffer

  8. My family is very saddened to hear of Dr. McCaffrey’s passing. He was our family doctor for many years. He was kind and patient. He was so helpful with my mother while she was in nursing homes. His mark will be left upon the world, through his kind actions and his supportive family. Our prayers are for the family.

  9. I will always remember the best boss I ever worked for….
    He had such a great sense of humor.
    Cheryl Melton

  10. Dear Pauline and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Paul\’s passing… You are in my heart and prayers…

  11. I am deeply saddend to hear of Dr. McCaffreys passing. He was a wonderful and caring physician,and an individual who I am pleased to call a great friend. He will be greatly missed.my condolences and prayers to the family

  12. My deepest sympathies to the family. Dr. McCaffery was always such a kind , lovely person. From the very beginning, when Tyler started playing soccer with Johnnie, both Dr. McCaffery and Pauline were so welcoming, and they treated Tyler , Pete and I so kindly. I have thought of your family often over the years.
    Thank you for all you did, for not only Tyler, but for all the boys and girls playing soccer throughout the years. Dr. McCaffery was an exceptional person, and will be greatly missed.

  13. I was a patient of Dr. MaCaffreys for as long as he was in practice. A giant man in my eyes and Heaven has gained a great soul. He has left a lasting impression on me and he will be missed by many. My condolences to his beautiful family. Lola Cash.

  14. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. McCaffrey. He was not only a wonderful doctor to my mother, but a friend. My mother’s maiden name was McCaffrey, so they always joked that they wee related. My mother thought he was the best. She would be sad to know he was ill. May he rest in peace. Jane Urenda, daughter of Mary Lue Patterson.

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