Would you attend the funeral of someone who you’ve never met? That’s exactly what over 100 Philadelphians did on Monday, November 18, 2019, during the service for Air Force veteran Margaret McCann.

Margaret McCann was 87 years old when she passed away. She was a pioneer, serving in the Air Force during the Korean War — a time when very few women served. Unfortunately, McCann had also outlived any known loved ones, family members, or friends. She was set to have her service and burial alone. That is, before Mark McCafferty and the community of Philadelphia stepped in to give the trailblazer the memorial she deserved.

Mark McCafferty is the owner of McCafferty Funeral Homes, a memorial service provider who specializes in personalized pre-arranged cremations in Philadelphia. When McCafferty saw that McCann didn’t have any remaining known loved ones to attend her service, he put out a call on Facebook urging members of the community to honor the servicemember who had passed on.

The City of Brotherly Love came together with an overwhelming display of love and support after the call to action. Over 100 attendees came together to attend McCann’s service at Saint Timothy’s Church in Mayfair. One attendee, police commissioner Christine Coulter, said that she came to “pay [her] respects and let [McCann’s] life of service not be forgotten.” The memorial was a touching reminder of the strength and power of the Philadelphia community.

At McCafferty Funeral Homes, we know just how devastating it can be to lose a loved one — and we pride ourselves on going above and beyond to honor the memory of your friend or family member who has passed. 

If you need to get in contact with one of the best Philadelphia crematories, call us at 215-531-5014! Our team is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to give you the personalized service you need — when you need it!