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Jim Gaffney Memorial Scholarship

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On Saturday, April 23, 2022, the beloved Jim Gaffney passed away after battling advanced-stage lung and liver cancer at the age of 64. Jim worked for the Cliffside Park Public Schools for over 35 years, where he dedicated his time to helping students with special needs. Jim never considered his job to be work because he was able to help his colleagues and all their students reach their full potential every day, which is what mattered most to him. Jim was a selfless, loving, intelligent, and understanding person. The amount of people he mentored and inspired is immeasurable.
Jim's family has set up this page as a way for family, friends, colleagues, and everyone who knew Jim to pay tribute to him with messages, memories, and donations. This fund will pay for a scholarship in honor of a graduating Cliffside Park Senior student who embodies Jim's passion for education, hard work, selfless service, and a positive attitude towards life.

Donations can also be sent directly directly to the Cliffside Park High School Special Education Department for the “Jim Gaffney Memorial Scholarship” at 64 Riverview Ave, Cliffside Park, NJ, 07010. 


An obituary for Jim can be found here: 


  • Frank Rigolioso
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Anonymous
    • $30 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Peter Fioretti
    • $250 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs

Fundraising team (2)

Kristine Gaffney
Raised $2,477 from 40 donations
Oakland, NJ
Kaitlyn Gaffney
Team member
Raised $3,155 from 33 donations
This team raised $21,495 from 246 other donations.

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