On the passing of a great mayor and friend
By Rep. Chris Smith
Jack Rafferty was an extraordinary leader—a visionary and doer of great deeds—especially for the people of Hamilton Township. He was smart, tenacious, selfless and had a sense of humor that always brought a smile to anyone he met.
He was kind and caring—and had a great big heart.
As the can-do mayor, Jack made Hamilton a great place to live and improved the quality of life for all. All Hamiltonians were his priority.
I was privileged to work with Jack on many projects including establishing the Hamilton train station and securing Hamilton’s postal identity.
Like a great quarterback, he knew how to effectively lead the Rafferty team of dedicated professionals.
He and first lady Doris made all of us Hamiltonians proud.
My wife Marie and I considered Jack a good friend who lent his political expertise to many of my campaigns. We mourn Jack’s passing but celebrate a life that has made all the difference in the world. Rest in peace, our friend.