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James Richard Caraher, 85, Former Stamford Resident

HARWICH, Mass. - James Richard Caraher, of Harwich, formerly of Stamford, Conn., died Sept. 14. He was 85.

Caraher was born June 10, 1928, in Utica, N.Y., son of Grace and Harold Caraher. He was a graduate of North Syracuse High School in 1946 and went on to join the United States Navy, serving during the Korean War. After being discharged in 1952, he went on to receive a degree in electrical engineering from The Bridgeport Engineering Institute. He had a long and distinguished career at Machlett-Raytheon Laboratories in Stamford and was awarded several U.S. patents for his inventions there.

Caraher is survived by his children, Kathleen Caraher of Shelburne, Vt., Michael Scott Caraher (Meg) and Susan Caraher-Devine (Timothy) of Monroe; five grandchildren; and friend and companion, Erika Boerger of Harwich, Mass. He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine Irene Caraher.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, 403 Scofieldtown Road Stamford. A private family burial will follow at Long Ridge Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either The American Cancer Society www.donate.cancer.org/index or to Boy Scouts of America www.aplacetogive.scouting.org

For more information, please visit: http://www.dignitymemorial.com/leo-p-gallagher-son-funeral-home-stamford/en-us/index.page

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