Serving all the communities of the Buckeye Lake Region

Gary “Chick” McCafferty

Gary “Chick” McCafferty, 81, of Baltimore, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at his residence after a long, hard-fought battle with Lewy Body Disease. He was the son of the late Verle and Velma McCafferty.
A butcher by trade, Gary retired from the Kroger Co. after 30 years. “Chick” as he was known locally also went by the name “Coach” by many of his ex-players. He helped organize the first pee-wee football team in Baltimore around 1968. He continued volunteering as a coach for more than 30 years. He loved the game of football and traveled to hundreds of games over the years watching his sons and grandsons play. He firmly believed that football instilled the necessary discipline and leadership skills in young men to help them throughout their lives. He was a member of the Grove Community Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Jackie; daughters, Susan (Charles) Bailey and Sandy (Alan) Underwood; son, Mike McCafferty; grandchildren, Wendy(Nathan) Buskirk, Amy (Ronnie) Bowers, Marcy (Chris) Walters, Dustin (Hannah) Harmon, and Casey (Taylor) Smith; the “sunshines of his life” great-grandchildren, Nick, Masie, Karisa, Karlee, Kaleigh, Abigail, Evan, Owen, Ella Mae, Jaxson and soon to be Cali; sister, Connie (Terry) Landis; sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law; cousins; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Don Harmon; and grandson, Chad Welch.
Funeral service was held February 25, 2019, in the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Baltimore, with Pastor William C. Lavely officiating. Burial followed in Glen Rest Memorial Estates.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Chad Welch Memorial Scholarship @ Fairfield County Foundation, 162 E. Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 or the Basil Joint Fire District, 410 W. Washington Street, Baltimore, Ohio 43105.
The family also asks that people be made aware of the disease that ultimately took his life, Lewy Body Disease. More information can be found at
To send an online condolence, and sign the guest book, please visit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *