On Saturday, March 22, 1897, at age 19, Will died from complications after having had an appendectomy earlier in the week. Two notices of his death appeared in the local Rome newspaper. He was buried in Rome's historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery.
"Under the wings of midnight, the angel of death stole down to claim the immortal spirit of Will McCaffrey. Hovering over the home until the early hours grew apace, it swooped in, and upon its gloomy pinions, bore it away to rest. The hush that precedes the angelic visitation settled over the home only yesterday evening, but lingering on until 1:25 this morning the tired spirit left the weakened flash. A baby softly cooed and laughed in the quiet household, where the loving sisters softly sobbed as the end grew nearer. The awful dawning realization of death, makes this infantile simplicity more marked, and we are tempted to pray that the grief-stricken sisters be made as little children. An humble resignation to His sweet will, would then be immeasurably easier. May that love that sustained the anxious sisters, as they fearlessly hurried for physicians at the midnight hours of his early illness, still be to them a consolation, for he said he was ready to go. God will send an angel in the home to take the place of the comforter to the mother, and protector to the sisters, and though seemingly reft of the one who so bravely and faithfully took the father's place, yet, angel watchers guard you, mother- angel faces guide you, sisters." [March 22, 1897]
Death's Chilling Touch Ends a Bright Young Life.
MANY HEARTS ARE SADDENED
He Never Rallied Since the Operation For Appendicites Was Performed Last Monday -
The Funeral Today
"Yesterday morning at 1:25 the soul of young Will McCaffrey passed away.
Since the operation performed on him last Monday afternoon for appendicities (sic) he has steadily sank, and the end was expected at any time.
Will McCafferey (sic) was on the threshold of young manhood - lacking only a few months of being twenty years of age. He was a splendid young fellow, upright, honorable and a general favorite among all his acquaintances.
He was the son of the late Capt. T. J. McCaffrey, and the comfort and solace of his widowed mother. Her loss is great, and the tenderest sympathy of every one goes to her in the hour of sorrow.
Young McCaffrey was a devout Catholic. The services will be held at the Catholic church this morning at 11:30 o'clock by Father Clifford.
The following gentlemen will act as pall bearers, Eugene Logan, Chas. Barclay, Stephen Devorski, W. Kane, D. Kane and Alex Bonnyman.
From the different fire companies the following honorary pall bearers have been selected, R.C. Tippin and Sam Taylor from No. 4, Sam Hardin and Ed West from Hook and Ladder, Bailey Gordon and M.D. McOsker from No. 1, Fred Hanson and J.K. Williamson from No. 2." [March 23, 1897]
|W. G. McCaffrey |
Myrtle Hill Cemetery