James F. Lafferty, 82, of Wayne, Pa., a retired vice president of Henkels & McCoy, died of complications from kidney failure June 29 at his summer home in the Cheshaven section of Earleville, Md.
In 2001, Mr. Lafferty retired as senior vice president of equipment at Henkels & McCoy, a national engineering and utility contractor with corporate headquarters in Blue Bell, Pa. He began his career with the company in 1951, refueling its vehicles. After a series of promotions, he became a vice president in 1979.
“Jim will be remembered for his leadership qualities. His exemplary ability to educate and guide and mentor were important factors in developing today’s leaders at Henkels & McCoy,” said Robert Delark, the firm’s vice president and chief financial officer.
Mr. Lafferty graduated from St. John the Baptist High School, where he met his future wife, Anne Haughney. He served in the Navy in Hawaii at the end of World War II.
After his discharge, he pumped gas at a Gulf station in Germantown. The station serviced Henkels & McCoy equipment, and through Henkels family contacts he got a job with the company, daughter Kathleen Kemery said.
He loved his work, Kemery said, and in his free time enjoyed boating and spending time with his family at his home on the Sassafras River on the Eastern Shore.
Mr. Lafferty was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus.
In addition to his wife of 62 years and his daughter, he is survived by another daughter, Patricia Martin; sons Michael and John; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A son, James, died in 2009.
A funeral mass was held on July 3 at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 50 W. Walker Road, Wayne, Pa.
Donations in his memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Bourse Building, Suite 411, 111 S. Independence Mall East, Phila., Pa 19106.