portrait picture for Dr. Lawrence F. Cafero

Visitation: 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. Services: A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Matthew’s on Wednesday, February 18th at 10:00 a.m. Donations: Donations may be made in his memory to St. Matthew’s Church.






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.

  1. Larry,
    Jean-Pierre and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. What a wonderful thing that your dad got to see how many people in Norwalk and from all over Connecticut respect, love, and admire you. You and your family are in our thoughts.
    Gail Lavielle

    February 15, 2015
    Gail and Jean-Pierre Lavielle -
  • Uncle Larry was there for me at every stage of my life. His calm self assured personality helped me through many difficult times.
    I have always loved music and his passion for opera inspired me and
    Soon became a passion of mine. He loved to discuss issues and debate opinions.
    He was a major influence in my life and I will always love him dearly. He will forever be alive in my heart.
    His niece

    February 16, 2015
    Donna-Jeanne Oddie -
  • Larry & Don:
    Your father will be missed. He was a true gentleman: civilized, educated, sensitive and respectful. He expressed himself in a subtle and effective way, teaching us by his dignified example. We offer our sincere condolences to your mother, to you and the rest of the Cafero Family.
    Steve & Cathy

    February 16, 2015
    Steve & Cathy Conover -
  • Dear Larry
    My Nova buddy…..a gentleman and a scholar. Please accept our condolences to you and your family.
    Dad will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Michael and Karen Intrieri

    February 16, 2015
    Dr. Michael and Karen Intrieri -
  • Larry & Don
    You have to feel nothing but proud to have had the blessing of a father like yours in your life.
    Our condolences to your mother and may all your memories reflect bright on a great father and husband.

    February 16, 2015
    Greg Santoro -
  • Dear Larry, Barbara and all,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a true feather in Norwalk’s cap. He was so devoted and such an asset to our educational system among other things. With Deepest Sympathy and Prayers at this very difficult time.

    February 16, 2015
    Robert and Wendy Bardos and Family -
  • To the Cafero family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I first met Dr. Cafero when
    I was a student at Ponus Ridge Junior High. He was
    always good with the students and always motivated
    us to do the best that we could. I also knew Dr. Cafero from
    attending St. Matthew. I also had the privilege of
    taking part in Knights of Columbus honor guard
    activities from time to time. He will be truly missed.

    February 17, 2015
    Gerard A. Grippe -
  • We will truly miss every family gathering seeing Mr. Cafero . As he walked into the room his presence was always felt . His spirit was always ever present . We were blessed to listen to his knowledge and opinions of many subjects that most of us would never speak. Your greatest inspiration and appreciation was to your grandchildren , children nieces and nephews . Watching the respect and love your family had for you was admirable in so many ways . There is a space that cannot be filled by your passing but we will always be reminded of the life you lived and the example you were to those around you! We were so blessed to be part of your life ! You were a great man I was privileged to meet in my life. For this I am grateful.
    With highest respect
    Isabel Tartaglia

    February 17, 2015
    Tartaglia Family -
  • An outstanding public school educator who impacted 1000s of students and teachers in the Norwalk Public Schools. Even in retirement he attended important education events especially when he thought the BOE was headed in the wrong direction. When he talked all listened. A great loss to his family and to the community of Norwalk, Connecticut. All who knew him are better because they did.

    February 17, 2015
    Bruce LeVine Mellion -
  • Larry and Don:
    Please extend my deepest sympathy to your entire family on your father’s passing
    He was an inspirational and outstanding educator as I learned as a student at Ponus Ridge Middle School.
    He was so proud of you and your families, which I knew from talking with him over the years. I am so glad I had the opportunity to spend some time talking with him and your mother at Larry’s recent testimonial!
    He will be missed by all who knew him.
    Steve Donen
    BMHS Class of 1975

    February 17, 2015
    Steve Donen -
  • Our deepest sympathy for your loss and condolences to Helen and all the

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss and condolences to Helen and the Cafero family.

    February 17, 2015
    Anthony and Irene Lanza -
  • Dear Larry, Barbara & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Carl and Vicki Armistead – February17,2015.

    February 17, 2015
    Carl & Vicki Armistead -
  • My deepest sympathy to the Cafero family as well as to the rest of my family. Uncle Larry was such a wonderful man and at the age of 8 at his wedding he gave me my first baseball glove and it was a Stan the man Musial glove that I cherished forever. He will be so missed.
    He will live in my memory forever.

    February 17, 2015
    Brian Capozelo -
  • Dear Larry , Barbara and all of Dr. Cafero’s family,
    It is difficult to know what to say when there are no words to soften the pain of loss. Please know that you all are being thought about with special love. May the love and caring of friends and family, at this difficult time, give you strength and hope for tomorrow. Your father made a difference in his career and touched many persons lives in a positive and caring manner. My wish for all of you is that you always feel your father (husband, grandfather, uncle) near in every treasured memory.
    Sincere condolences and love,
    Mary F. DeKlyn

    February 18, 2015
    Mary F. DeKlyn -
  • My deepest sympathy to the Cafero family. I am so sorry for your loss.

    February 21, 2015
    Vincent Capozziello -
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