John J. Bafaro, 76, of Cotuit, MA passed away on April 5, 2018. He was born and raised in Worcester, the son of the late John & Carmela (Reno) Bafaro. John graduated from Classical High School, Worcester Junior College and earned his bachelor’s degree from Concord College in Athens, WV.
John’s life was devoted to those less fortunate than he. He always gave of himself unconditionally to family, friends, and strangers. John could often be found on his daily walk on Main Street where he had a smile and wave to everyone he passed.
John joined the Marine Corp and served his country in the reserves for seven years. While in West Virginia, John worked in Appalachia for the Food Stamp Program, which was just getting started.
John, during his college years, found his way onto Cape Cod and stayed. John taught the third grade for over 30 years in the Centerville Elementary School, where he made lasting friendships with many of his students. As a teacher, John put on many plays with the students and each year had his students visit the Barnstable Adult Social Day Center in Centerville. He was active in the Barnstable Teachers Association and served as President of the Associations for two years. In the early 70’s, he was a Selectman for the Town of Barnstable and served on the committee for redistricting. John was the former co-chair of the Booster Club of the Cotuit Kettleer’s. Pre 1974, he was instrumental, along with Larry Newman and John Reilly, starting the Cape Cod Big Brothers, helping at risk youth.
John also worked at the Hyannis Package Store from his early days on the Cape until his passing. He found much enjoyment in chatting with most of the customers at the store.
John is survived by his loving wife Maureen (Wells) Bafaro, of 46 years; two loving daughters, Britney Bafaro and her partner, William Boudreau Jr. of Saco, ME, and Elaina Cuevas and her husband Charlie of McLean VA; two sisters, Carol Ellis of Leicester, MA and Elaine Bafaro and her husband Dennis Osborn of Worcester MA. There were three special people who were a large part of John’s life: Jacqueline Sears Campbell, Ekaterina Chernysheva, Corey Fitzgerald, and his many nieces, nephews and God Children.
John’s words to live by “it seems as though the most meaningful learning opportunities are those that allow children to explore their own world, their own community and real life experiences.”
Visiting hours will be from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 11th at Christ the King Church, Job’s Fishing Rd, Mashpee, followed by burial at Mosswood Cemetery in Cotuit. Donations in John’s memory may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905; Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 US, or the charity of one’s choice.