Joseph Francis Claffy, 68, of West Chester, PA, passed away suddenly June 25, 2023.
Born August 14, 1954 in Delaware County, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Clara (nee Long) Claffy.
Joe was a classically trained pianist with a Bachelors from Philadelphia Music Academy (University of the Arts) and was a successful Society Band leader for 35+ years. Joe’s passion for music and excellence in musical leadership led him to play in esteemed locations such as The Palace at Versailles (France), The White House and most recently he had signed to lead the orchestra for the Philadelphia Assembly Ball.
Joe was also a graduate of Widener Law School (Delaware) and served as a Chester County lawyer, excelling in the specialization of Bankruptcy as a repeat recipient of the “Best of Main Line Award.”
Additionally, Joe was a treasured singing member, accompanist and active leader in The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia. He enjoyed composing, arranging and performing music alongside “the best in the business.” In his free time he enjoyed walks at the Cheslen Preserve with his family and their dogs, studying aviation (Joe did, in his youth, have his own plane and pilots license) and practicing piano in his living room.
Joe was the beloved husband of Patricia Ann (nee Abruzzo) Claffy; loving father of Marshall Claffy Marano (Anthony Marano), Alexander Claffy, and Eliza Claffy; dear brother of Clara Claffy Reineck (Bill); adoring uncle of Kimberly Cope (Charlie) and Beth Anne Sacks; and caring son-in-law of Ruth Ann Abruzzo (the late S. Joseph).
Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation on Friday, July 7th from 9 to 10:45AM at The Church of the Holy Trinity in West Chester, followed by his Funeral Service at 11 AM. Parking at the church is limited at this time, so it is recommended to use the public garage on High Street between Miner & Market, or to drop less mobile attendees at the front of the church.
Interment is private, as the family plans to host a musical celebration of Joe later this fall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Claffy Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 43, Pocopson, PA 19366, which will support the continuing education of scholar-musicians.