James C. Gaffney, 73, a retired manager with a Maryland flooring firm, died Dec.10, 2009 at
Sibley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Chevy Chase.
For 18 years, until he retired in 1994, Mr. Gaffney was a manager with Nash Floors of
Rockville. During the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, he oversaw the
flooring work in the Oval Office and the East Room of the White House, his wife said.
Before joining Nash, he sold life insurance and was a manager at lumber and cast-stone
James Clark Gaffney, a lifelong District resident, graduated from St. John's College High
School in 1952 and from Villanova University in Pennsylvania in 1956. He then spent two
years in the Army as a cryptographer in Frankfurt, Germany.
Mr. Gaffney was a Civil War enthusiast and enjoyed touring battlefields. He was a member
of Christ the King Catholic Church in Silver Spring, where he volunteered as an usher, lector
and Eucharistic minister.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary Patricia Shea "Mary Pat" Gaffney of Chevy
Chase; four children, John M. Gaffney of La Jolla, Calif., James C. Gaffney of Acworth, Ga.,
Michael J. Gaffney of Bethesda and Mary G. Carey of Silver Spring; and 13 grandchildren.
-- Timothy R. Smith