Janet Lee (MacDougall) Cafferky, 57, of Whitinsville passed away Monday, July 22, 2019 just a few days shy of her 58th birthday surrounded by her loving family at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in a room that had a view of one of her favorite ice cream shops J.P. Licks. She was the life partner of Henry J. Taillacq, her soulmate of 9 amazing years filled with love, adventures, companionship, and friendship.
More than anything Janet loved every single one of her “kids” and being a teaching assistant at Northbridge Elementary School for the past 18 years which brought her the most joy. She would light up when she spoke about her students and kept all the drawings and notes they would make for her. Even during her summer vacations, she would find herself buying items for her classroom and thinking of new ideas for the upcoming school year. If Janet was ever your teacher please know that no matter if it was her first year of teaching or her last year of teaching, you were very loved by her and had a special place in her heart.
She was born on July 25, 1961 in Providence, RI the daughter of the late Bernard J. and Leonora C. (Devine) MacDougall. She loved her parents very much and her family takes comfort in knowing that they are now reunited. She graduated from Cranston West High School and received her Associates from Community College of Rhode Island and was a lifelong learner and teacher.
Janet enjoyed teaching not only her students, but also her Grandson Noah who was the light of her world. She became a pink hat New England “sports chick” and especially loved the Boston Red Sox. She was an avid reader who would read about a book per week and loved telling stories. Family meant the absolute world to her, and she loved spending her time with her kids, grandson Noah, extended family and her friends. See loved site seeing, exploring new places, taking mini tours, but had to always stop for a detour to grab a sweet treat at any local bakeries or test out the coffee shops. Janet was always in the kitchen cooking or baking up a storm, and she always made sure that if you were coming by for dinner you had extras to take home with you. She had the biggest heart, laugh, and a smile that could light up any room. Her positive sassy energy was contagious, and she was always dancing around wherever she went. Janet was a girly girl who loved shopping for not only herself but was always thinking of others while she roamed the aisles of her favorite stores, especially Old Navy and Khols. Janet was a feisty, quirky, strong, sentimental, and brave lady who fought hard to always put others before herself and loved checking up on and connecting with family and friends via Facebook. She will be missed by everyone who were lucky enough to have met her.
In addition to her life partner, Henry, she is survived by her sons, Daniel Cafferky and his wife Kylie of CT, Matthew MacDougall Cafferky of Whitinsville and A.J. Taillacq and his wife Cassandra of Northbridge; her daughter, Casey Taillacq and her fiancé Daniel Donovan of Newton; a brother, Bernard MacDougall and his wife Barbara of GA; two sisters, Sheryl L. Fusco and her husband John of RI and Judy Palmer and her husband Richard of RI; one grandson, Noah and countless nieces, nephews and large mixed extended family.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Janet in a Memorial Mass that will be held Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 11 AM in St. Patrick’s Church, 1 Cross St., Whitinsville. Per Janet’s request if you are able to join us on this day please wear something green. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in Janet’s name to the Heart Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215