McCAFFERTY, Brian John - (March 28, 1959 - June 10, 2019) -
Peacefully in the early morning hours of Monday, June 10th, 2019 at Credit Valley Hospital.
Beloved husband of Colleen (nee Brody) for 32 year and cherished father of Kylie (Mason McAlary).
Predeceased by his parents C. Vincent and Jacqueline McCafferty and in-laws Patrick and Ruby Brody. Survived by his brother Daniel (Susan) and sisters Colleen Childerley (Glen), Shannon Donnelly (Shaun) and Kerry Shoalts (Todd).
Admired and loved uncle of Ryan and Kirsten McCafferty, Scott, Brendan and Mark Childerley, Kaleigh, Alisha and Liam Donnelly and Amanda, Hannah and Benjamin Shoalts. Also survived by sisters-in-law Carolyn Croft (Michael) and Connie Falan (Terry) and by his nephew Rob Croft (Caley) and niece Taylor Magaldi (Claudio).
Brian grew up in Guelph, Ontario until the age of 16 when he moved to Toronto to pursue his dream of playing hockey in the NHL. He was captain of the Toronto Marlies (OHA) and in 1979 was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, suiting up in blue and white for exhibition games and playing a number of years for the Maple Leafs' affiliate teams in the IHL (International Hockey League), CHL (Central Hockey League) and the AHL (American Hockey League).
After retiring from professional hockey, Brian began an illustrious career spanning more than 35 years in the food service industry, where he held senior executive roles at Cuddy Food Products, High Liner Foods Inc., PJB Primeline and most recently as President of apetito Canada until his retirement in 2017.
In recognition of his outstanding knowledge, ability and service to the food service and hospitality industry, as well as his service in CAFP and volunteer work within the community, Brian received the prestigious Food Executive of the Year award by the Canadian Association of Food Professionals.
Throughout his career and into his retirement, Brian continued to mentor young executives, providing invaluable advice and knowledge to many as they began their careers and rose to senior positions themselves.
During his hockey and business career, Brian lived in many places where he had the chance to meet many new friends. He had a genuine ability to make each know they were an important part of his life and relished any chance to spend time together whether on the golf course, the hockey rink or at his homes in Mississauga and Florida.
The outpouring of love and support by so many during his almost 8 year battle with cancer truly touched Brian and he was always grateful for each call and visit.
Brian loved his family more than anything and will be missed more than words can say.
Visitation with the family will be held on Monday, June 17th from 5-9 p.m. at the Glen Oaks Funeral Home, 3164 Ninth Line in Oakville, Ontario.
Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, June 18th at 1 p.m. in Merciful Redeemer Parish (2775 Erin Centre Blvd in Mississauga). In keeping with Brian's wishes, cremation and a private family inurnment will take place a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by his family.