Gary Lee Caffese, 68, passed away peacefully in the morning on Nov. 7 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton.Born on Nov. 22, 1947, to Angelo Caffese and Mary Lagomarsino, Gary graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1966 and went into farming, continuing a family tradition that began when his paternal grandfather, Giuseppe, immigrated to the United States from Sestri Levante, Italy in 1895. Gary married Barbara Anne Scott in 1970, at St. Luke’s Church, in Stockton, and the newlywed couple celebrated their reception at the Italian Athletic Club. Gary worked hard to provide for his family. Over the course of five decades, he built a flourishing career in agriculture, of which he was extremely proud. A devoted husband, proud father, and doting nonno, he was equally proud of his family and raised his daughters to be strong, similarly hard-working and uniquely determined women. He was a true steward of the land and spent the little free time he allowed himself hunting and fishing, in California and abroad. Gary was preceded in death by his father, his wife, and his sister Carol. He is survived by his mother; his brother, Robert; his sister Teresa; his daughter Michelle Caffese Dal Porto and her husband, Richard Dal Porto; his daughter Marie Burkin Caffese and her husband, Christian Burkin; and his grandchildren, Chiara, Rocco and Luciana Dal Porto, and Magnus Burkin.
A viewing will be held today, Nov. 9, from 3 to 8 p.m., at Evergreen Chapel, Cherokee Memorial Park, on Harney Lane at Highway 99, Lodi.
A Rosary and Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m., at St. Michael Catholic Church, 5882 N. Ashley Lane, Stockton.