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Not sure if this is the best subforum to post this.

We lost Kent Rafferty to a non-car incident. Kent was a renowned car guy and champion autocrosser, notably with a Supra and a Z-06. He and his wife also did some work with Lotus a couple years back.

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/member.php?find=lastposter&t=7070

Great guy. Great driver.

Rest in Peace Kent
 

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Rafferty has no contact information. :)


RIP Kent
 

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Kent Michael Rafferty
RAFFERTY KENT MICHAEL
51, of Irwin, died suddenly on June 30, 2009. He was born March 1, 1958, in Pittsburgh, a son of Thomas F. Rafferty and wife Kathe, of Erie and Jeanne Emminger Rafferty, of Webster Groves, Missouri. He attended Shady Side Academy and graduated in 1976. He then graduated from Bucknell University in 1980 and received his masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. Kent was employed by Knepper Press from 1986 to 2003. Most recently he was a driving instructor for E. Paul Inc. He won numerous auto racing events including the SCCA Solo II Championship, the 2000 Street Modified Solo II Championship, and he 2000 Street Modified Pro Solo Championship. He was also a multi-time YMCA Masters Swimming Champion, a Black Belt in Taekwondo, and competed in many triathlons and the Pittsburgh Marathon. He predeceased by a sister, Kathleen Rafferty. In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister Laurel Rafferty Pascoe and husband Michael, of Erie; two brothers: Thomas P. Rafferty and wife Heidi, of Plano, Tex. and Stephen Rafferty and wife Anne, of St. Louis, Missouri; two nieces: Amy and Sara Rafferty; and a nephew Patrick Rafferty. He is also survived by his fiance, Melissa Gratta, of Irwin and his precious poodle Harley. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Steel City Greyhounds (Steel City Greyhounds - The Best Hounds in Town!). Private entombment will be in Christ Our Redeemer Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
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Kent was actually divorced and engaged to be married again as the obituary posted states. He had a relationship of 4 years living with his future wife, Melissa. They had met at the track, and had raced together many times initially. Then when his Supra broke during a lap day, he had not returned to drive that car due to the damage. They continued to race the ZO6 he owned, then his fiance' owned, until he eventually got out of racing. In his last years, he had become focused on his family.

If you wish to contact his family you can email [email protected] or [email protected]. Also, there is a home phone number of (724) 861-9198 where he lived with his fiance' and precious poodle Harley. She is in close contact with his family and can convey any and all messages.


He was a great person full of love and happiness and will be remembered by all. Rest in Peace.

A site is being created in his memory and will be updated frequently:
In loving memory of Kent m. rafferty ?
 
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