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William "Bill" Rafferty '79 January 5, 2021 8:51 AM updated: January 5, 2021 9:54 AM

William Edward “Bill” Rafferty
01/20/1956 - 11/05/2020

William Edward “Bill” Rafferty was born January 20, 1956, in Dallas, Texas, and passed away peacefully on November 1, 2020, in Houston, Texas.

His parents, Paul and Pauline Rafferty, instilled their strong Catholic religion in Bill. He grew up in Dallas attending Catholic schools and graduated from the prestigious Jesuit Catholic High School in 1974. After graduation, he attended Texas A&M University where he met his wife of forty-one years, Sharon Hughes Rafferty. After graduating with a degree in Economics, Bill began a career in the oil and gas industry spanning over thirty-five years. During the final part of his career, Bill owned and operated Chisos Resources, LLC in East Texas for nearly fifteen years.

Bill, a true Aggie, enjoyed all Aggie sports and especially Aggie football. As season ticket holders, he and Sharon attended home games cheering on The 12th man and tailgating with their friends and family. Throughout adulthood, Bill and his close high school friends made several trips to Big Bend backpacking and making memories of a lifetime. Bill, an avid photographer, captured all of these memories that his family will always treasure. He appreciated the beauty nature offered and spending precious time with those he loved.

During hunting season, Bill, along with his two sons, Matthew and Robert, always were planning their next weekend together. Bill taught his sons to hunt at a young age. They enjoyed countless seasons spending time together in both duck and deer blinds. Bill shared his love of the outdoors with others. He and his sons took an annual duck hunt to Matagorda Island for thirty years with of all of their friends. In his later years, Bill, Matthew, and Robert spent countless weekends hunting trophy deer in South Texas.

Throughout his life, Bill faithfully served the Catholic Church and regularly attended mass. His faith constantly guided him and he devoted his life to the Catholic Church and his unequivocal devotion will be carried on by his family and friends.

Bill leaves behind the following:
Loving wife of forty-one years Sharon Hughes Rafferty of Houston

Matthew Rafferty and wife LeAnn, along with two beloved granddaughters, Lila Lawson and Ava Frances of Joaquin
Robert Rafferty of Houston

Paul Rafferty and wife Karen of Richardson, Texas;
Jim Rafferty of Denton, Texas;

Sister, Kay Rafferty Willingham of Maypearl, Texas; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Service held Friday November 6, 2020 at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, 19222 Tomball Parkway, Houston, Texas, 77070. Visitation from 1:30-2:00, service at 2:00 in main church.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the American Alzheimers Association.

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