Joseph McCaffrey

Joseph P. McCaffrey, (64) of Moscow, died Friday February 19, 2016.  Joe spent the last 21 years trying to live with a malignant brain tumor.  


Joseph was born in April 1951, in Providence, Rhode Island to Joseph and Esther McCaffrey. He grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island and graduated from Pilgrim High School in 1969.The first in his family to go to college Joseph received his Bachelors in Biology from Rhode Island University, and his Master and PhD in 

Entomology from Virginia Tech.  In 1981 Joseph moved to Moscow after accepting a post-doctorate position at the University of Idaho to research the biological control of weeds and insects. Shortly after moving to Moscow, he met Karen Buta and the couple were married on June 2, 1984 in Troy Idaho. 

Joseph was a professor at the U of I for 28 years.  


Joseph is survived by his wife Karen Buta-McCaffrey, sisters Sue, Rosemary (Roger) Ball, Elaine (Donald) 

Bucci, and brother Robert McCaffrey.  


A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  

3 Responses to Joseph McCaffrey

  1. Russ & Betty Biggam says:

    Betty and I send our deepest condolences to you and your families. Joe was a good employer and friend and I enjoyed
    working under him at PSES. We will all miss him and I know I will think of him often during my remaining years. Betty
    and I will be in Florida for two weeks starting March 2. We do not have the date of Joe’s Remembrance Service, but should it occur while we are away, our thoughts and prayers will be with you and all who attend.

  2. Sue Benier says:

    Dear Karen,

    My deepest sympathies. Joe was beloved and remarkable, and
    you gave him so very very support. My kindest thoughts are
    with you in your loss.

  3. Dave Bezdicek says:

    As a former WSU faculty member, I recall working with Joe on a committee. He was so easy to work with and a remarkable faculty member at the University of Idaho. Joe always had a greeting smile when I spoke to him at Good Sam in Moscow where I played with the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers and The Two Old Brass Guys. May the Lord bless his soul and his family.

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