Nov. 11, 2022
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.


Nov. 11, 2022
2 p.m.



Matthew “Daniel” Lester Rafferty, 43, of Washington, PA, went home to Heaven Thursday, November 3, 2022 to be with his family.

Born in Gaston County, NC on November 4, 1978, he was the son of Nora Elizabeth Parker Rafferty and the late Robert E. Lee Rafferty.  Daniel’s favorite activity was spending time at the river with friends and family.  He never met a stranger and enjoyed making new friends. He was a care-free, charismatic person who loved life.

In addition to his mother, those left to cherish Daniel’s memory include his significant other, Kelli Mahan; brothers, Johnnie Parker (Patricia), Ernie Parker, Robert Rafferty, and A.J. Rafferty (Kristy Kester); maternal grandmother, Dorothy Jones; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

In addition to his father, Daniel was preceded in death by a brother, Lee Edwards Anthony Rafferty.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2022 at Laurel Haven Baptist Church.  The memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. in the church with Dcn. Michael McLean officiating.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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I would like to Dedicate this song in memory of Daniel. Listening and watching the video will leave you in tears remembering him. This song was written for him I swear. The River By JJ GREY& mofro

—Joanne carlin

“ I HOPE YOU DANCE “. I love you that much, always and forever. My last words to you. I’m so glad you did find love again with a decent, loving, caring, respectful, woman who loved you back for you! HELL YEAH! Rafferty. See you when I get there in heaven. My best friend!

—Joanne Carlin

Hey man I'm sorry to hear about your brother I'm praying for you al.

—David Moses

To Daniel s family my heart goes out to you I’m so sorry I hadn’t seen Daniel in couple years but I will never forget him he was a hard worker for me and I’m Sorry bout Lee too I had no idea Robert , AJ , I don’t have the words

—Jason Cook
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Wishing the family my deepest condolences and praying 🙏

—David Shell
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Sorry to hear about this. You all have my prayers and condolences.

—Curtis Harmon
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—Edna and Chris Sharpe
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Brother Daniel! Hell Yeah! I will never forget the night we were fishing with you and we had a game warden stop by and you told him your name. And Melvin immediately hollers why are you telling him your name is Matthew??? We laughed and laughed. I had to explain to him that you have a first name but always have gone with using your second name. We have some awesome memories I will cherish forever. Some of our best memories is you and your family all getting together and playing softball. These “Yankees” appreciate you and your family for becoming our “Southern Family”. Fly high and keep watch over us til we meet again💚💙

—The Melvins
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Daniel was always a friend, wether we went weeks or years without seeing each other it was always the same just like old times, always smiling always fun. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rest Easy my friend.

—Cristal Crooks Herman