Frances Anne Gaffney

June 22, 1952 - May 22, 2020
Frances Anne Gaffney

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Frances Anne Doyle Gaffney, 67, of Leland, NC passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 22, 2020.

Fran appreciated the small moments that accumulated to produce a life well lived. As a child she lived in Long Island, NY, Brazil, and England. She finally settled in Westchester, NY for 41 years before retiring to Leland, NC. Fran was dedicated to her husband, her two daughters and her four grandchildren. Fran loved the beach, playing with her grandchildren and long walks. She was known for her loving, generous heart and showering her loved ones with gifts. Fran had a love of English literature which she shared with her children, and most enjoyed reading children’s stories to her beloved grandchildren. Fran was a retired administrator and middle school teacher, and had a personal library of over 500 children’s books.

Fran was born in Flushing, NY to the late Anne and Vincent Doyle. She was preceded in death by her beloved brothers Kevin Doyle and Brian (“BD”) Doyle. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Kevin Gaffney and her daughters Erin Gaffney Heyert and husband Brian Heyert of Mountainside, NJ; Kara Gaffney Brown and husband Jonathan Brown of Nyack, NY; grandchildren, Hailey and Riley Heyert, and Henry and Lila Brown; and beloved sisters Karen Doyle Krizan, Maureen Doyle Panko and Regina Doyle Symonds.

A Catholic memorial mass and celebration of life in the NY/NJ area will be planned at a future date.

Memorials may be made to the non-profit Read Ahead (, which provides reading based mentoring to children in NY.

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  • May 24, 2020
    Regina Doyle Symonds says:
    Fran, You have always been my protector and confidante. I have loved you all my life, and I have been so lucky to be your sister. You will be forever in my heart. I know that there is one more Angel in Heaven, and I will think of you whenever I experience something beautiful in this world. Kevin, Erin, and Kara, take care of each other as you know Fran would take care of all of you - she is with you on this journey.

  • May 24, 2020
    Regina Symonds lit a candle:
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  • May 25, 2020
    Eileen Capone says:
    I have known Fran for almost 50 years. In fact, I introduced her to my brother Kevin when we were in college. When I think of Fran, I remember her as being completely devoted to Kevin, Erin, Kara and her grandchildren. But I also remember her loving to belly dance when we were in college! May she rest in peace.

  • May 26, 2020
    The Staff of Physical Therapy for Women says:
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Fran, she was a beautiful woman and full of spirit. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time.

  • May 29, 2020
    Nancy, Nick and Kevin says:
    Dear Kevin, Erin, Kara and families, May the constant love of family and friends soften your sadness, may cherished memories bring you moments of comfort and may lasting peace surround your grieving hearts. Rest In Peace my dear friend. Our love always, Nancy, Nick and Kevin