Dr. Lawrence F. Cafero
March 25, 1920 - February 14, 2015
Dr. Lawrence F. Cafero, 94, passed peacefully on February 14, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 25, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late William and Florence Cafero.
Dr. Cafero attended Brooklyn Technical High School where he learned the printing trade. Upon graduation, he immediately reported for duty to the U.S. Army, where he served his country from June 1943 to May 1945. Upon his honorable discharge, he began his teaching career in the New York City School system while also working as a proof-reader for the New York Times. In 1955, Lawrence married the love of his life, Helen Capozziello of Bridgeport, CT.
He was a life-long learner, having earned 5 degrees in higher education, including a Masters at New York University, a 6th year professional diploma at the University of Connecticut and a Doctorate of Education from Nova University.
Dr. Cafero devoted his life to the Norwalk Education system, having served as Assistant Principal of Benjamin Franklin Junior High School and Principal of Ponus Ridge and West Rocks Middle Schools until his retirement in 1982. He then began his second career as a State Sheriff and subsequently a Judicial Marshall, serving until 2012 at the age of 92.
An avid sports enthusiast, he loved the New York Mets, New York Jets and Giants, and the UConn Huskies. He also enjoyed traveling the world, and visited over 20 countries in his lifetime.
Dr. Cafero also had a deep passion for music, especially opera, and was a regular attendee at the Metropolitan Opera House. He was a devout Catholic, a 50-year fourth-degree Knight of Columbus, and a loyal parishioner at St. Matthew’s Church in Norwalk.
Dr. Cafero’s love for his family was unrivaled. He is predeceased by his parents and his brothers William, Donald, and Benjamin Cafero, of Brooklyn, NY. He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Helen, his son Lawrence Cafero, Jr. and his wife Barbara of Norwalk and their children Jacqueline, Christopher and Nicholas, his son Donald Cafero of Southport and his children Donald Jr., William, and Robert and their mother Lorraine Tartaglia, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Tuesday, February 17th from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk, CT. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Matthew’s on Wednesday, February 18th at 10:00 a.m.
Donations may be made in his memory to St. Matthew’s Church.