Friends will remember Virginia McCaffrey on Saturday at 2 p.m. at a funeral service at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton. Ms. McCaffrey, who was known as Ginny, died last Thursday at Southampton Hospital. The East Hampton resident was 74 and had lung and bone cancer.
During her more than 30 years on the South Fork, she was known for her loyal and supportive care as a dental hygienist at East Hampton Dental Associates. She became close to many of her patients and co-workers. After years of caring for others, when it was her turn to need assistance, her friends were by her side, especially Bridgette Roos of East Hampton, Loretta Himes of Riverhead, and Margaret Abbene of Sag Harbor.
She is also survived by an aunt, Gladys Ippolito of Lake Grove, who considered her relationship with Ms. McCaffrey to be that of a sister or a close friend.
Born in the Bronx on April 8, 1937, to John T. and Philomena E. Murray, Ms. McCaffrey grew up there and went on to study to be a hygienist at the State University of New York, graduating in 1956.
Travels throughout her life took her to Egypt, London, and France, as well as whale watching in Alaska, which she enjoyed immensely. Birdwatching was another favorite pastime.
Ms. McCaffrey was known for her love of animals, and she contributed to related causes whenever possible. She adopted many cats from the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons over the years.
Donations in Ms. McCaffrey’s name can be made to ARF at P.O. Box 901, Wainscott 11975.