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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 133, page(s) 736


Cyril F. Gaffney was born in New Britain on October 8, 1900. He attended the local schools and was graduated from the New Britain High School. He entered Notre Dame University, from which institution he graduated with the B. S. degree. In 1927, he received the LL.B. degree from Yale Law School. He immediately took and passed the Connecticut bar examinations.

After his admission to the bar, he joined the law office of his father, Bernard F. Gaffney, and his brother, Donald Gaffney, both now deceased, in New Britain. He continued to practice law until his sudden and untimely death on September 7, 1946. He was a very capable lawyer and student of the law. He gave the interests of each client all of his ability and energy; in fact his efforts in the interests of his clients approached aggressiveness. He looked upon law as a profession and not as a business. He was inherently honest and in his professional activities conducted himself in such a manner as to bring credit to the profession of which he was so vastly proud.

He took an active interest in the affairs of the New Britain Lawyers Club and the Hartford County Bar Association. While he was a member of the executive committee of that association, it was his original idea that brought about health, accident and hospitalization insurance for its members. He was very civic minded and served the city of New Britain on many committees. He also gave much of his time and ability in the furtherance of public charities.

On October 9, 1929 he was married to Helen Downes of New Britain and two sons were born to them. His intimate friends will always hold him in fond recollection for his sincerity, loyalty and ability and his many kind and charitable acts, but over and above all these they will remember and admire him for his intense, unselfish and devoted love of home and family.