Eleanore Post McGaffin, age 90, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2018 surrounded by her family. Born in New Haven on July 5, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Harold D. Post, Sr. & Gertrude (Bassett) Post. Eleanore was the widow of William John McGaffin, Sr.; mother of Joyce (Allan) Gagnon, William Jr. (Lila), George Sr. (Irene), Elizabeth Wieler, and Richard (Janet), all of West Haven, David (Barbara) & Mary Hatt of Hamden, James (Rebecca) of Poole GA, Barbara Krupinski (Anthony) of Yalee, FL and Margaret Neff (John) of Concord, NH. She also leaves 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Eleanore was predeceased by her sons-in-law James Wieler & Vaughn Hatt; daughter in-law Mary Jane McGaffin; and her brother Harold Post Jr. A resident of West Haven most of her life, she was a graduate of West Haven High School. Eleanore was a stay at home mom; she loved her family and church. She did crafts and enjoyed reading Amish books the most. Eleanore was an active member of First Congregational Church in West Haven. There she served on the Board of Mission for 6 years and was a Sunday School teacher for over 30 years. For many years she entered her fancy crafts in the North Haven Fair and won many Blue Ribbons among others. She liked to cook and bake, often trying out new ideas. Relatives and friends are invited to Beaverdale Memorial Park, 90 Pine Rock Ave., New Haven on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for committal service. A Memorial Service for Eleanore will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 1 Church St., West Haven. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Book of Remembrance, First Congregational Church of West Haven, 1 Church St., West Haven, CT 06516.

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  1. Mom, As I drive home from work, it will be hardest because that is the time I would call and check on on you and dad. RIP! Try not to yell at Dad to much, just look over all of us, watch your grand children and great grand children grow up. Love, Barbara, Tony & Coco

  2. RIP Grandma

    I will miss you always & forever, but I know that you are back where you belong with Grandpa.

    I know you’ll be watching me from up above, so I’ll try & behave (but you know that I was always a little scamp).

    Bet you are sharing stories of our babysitting adventures with all your friends in Heaven, right now.

  3. Here are a few pictures of mom with dad the man she spent most of her life with happily married and now together again. We were blessed to have them with us for so long. Rest in peace you are missed.

  4. RIP Mrs McGaffin. So happy to have met you and your wonderful husband,James when i came to Connecticut from uk to visit all the family. My daughter, Melissa and I were made to feel so welcome by you all. You will live on in our hearts forever. X

  5. My condolences to Joyce and her family. Mrs. McGaffin sounds like she was a wonderful person.
    Sharlene (West Haven Library)

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