James William McCafferty

James William McCafferty, 66 passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 after a long illness. Born October 6, 1951 in New York, NY, he was the son of the late William B. and Jane (Anderson) McCafferty.

James was a graduate of Niskayuna High School and Columbia University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. He was a writer and editor and worked as Editor in Chief at Model’s World Magazine in New York City and also wrote several novels. James enjoyed researching history and contributed to organizations and groups such as PDNY History Squad Room, with his knowledge of New York City Police Department history.

An avid outdoorsman, James enjoyed time spent canoeing and camping in the Adirondacks and once hiked the length of Africa from Cape Town to Cairo.

He is survived by his brother, Dennis McCafferty of Schenectady.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Ballston Spa Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of James to the New York City Police Foundation, Inc. 555 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

Guest Book

Richard Askew

Jim was a great friend to myself and many others, I have some great memories of Jim, skiing at Stowe back in highschool was a good one, he will surely be missed

David Maynard

I’ll always remember my friend Jim as a very intelligent guy with a great sense of humor and a pleasure to be around. Many really good times to look back on that won’t be forgotten. Rest well, old pal. We’ll all miss you.

Pete Sherman

This is a sad time for you Dennis but please know you are loved and have a great group of people supporting you. Jim is now at peace.

Penny Morris

Dennis, I am so sorry to hear of your brother’s death. How very sad to lose any loved one, especially family. I’m here if you need to talk to someone. Just call.

George Michel

Sorry for your loss Dennis

Andrew Nelson

Dennis, please allow me to extend my sincere condolences on the loss of your brother, James. The news of his untimely passing was heartbreaking. I was friends with him, as we both shared a love for the history of the NYPD. Not only was he a good friend, but he was also a much respected historian. His death will be felt throughout the NYPD collecting community and he will be sorely missed, not only myself, but among the numerous people he selflessly assisted by sharing his passion and knowledge.

Michael Fanning

Jim, thank you for your friendship and kindness. You were always a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. May you rest in eternal peace.

Sue Mincher

I was saddened to hear the news about Jim. My heart goes out to you. I hope that the love of family and friends helps you in your healing journey. Love, Sue

Philis Sarto

Dennis, so sorry to hear you lost your brother Jim. Such a hard thing to lose one’s siblings. Sending you hugs, love, and prayers.

Philis & John

Kate Fazioli

Dennis, I'm sorry about the loss of your brother. Sounds like he had quite a life! My prayers are with you my friend.