Farley, Joseph J.
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Joseph J. Farley, 89, of Stamford passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Stamford Hospital. He was born on April 19, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Thomas J. and Marion V. Leaver Farley.
After graduating as President of Manual High School's senior class in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Farley served in World War II in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, he graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.
During his 26 year career at IBM Corporation, he contributed to the company's growth and success, serving in key assignments in California, Washington D.C. and Armonk, NY. He retired as Director of Government and Industry Standards, representing IBM domestically and internationally at the National Bureau of Standards. Upon retirement he began a second career with Helm Resources of Greenwich, CT, assuming a leadership role that focused on various technologies in energy exploration.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Joe applied his business knowledge by serving the Long Ridge Fire Company for two decades as Secretary, Vice President and President. His efforts culminated in the funding, construction and dedication of a second volunteer Fire House on High Ridge Road in Stamford.
To also serve the community, Mr. Farley was ordained a Permanent Deacon of the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1980 as a member of the third class of Permanent Deacons of the diocese. He was assigned to Saint Leo Parish, Stamford from the date of his ordination until July, 2005 when he retired.
Bishop Walter Curtis also assigned Deacon Farley as the Director of the Diocesan Immigration Office in 1980. Upon his retirement, Bishop Lori said it well:
" I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for your extraordinary service to the Diocese of Bridgeport. As a servant after the mind and heart of Christ, you have helped us, as a family of faith, to welcome strangers with compassion and love. You have assisted the Diocese also in welcoming priests and religious who serve our diverse Catholic population. All this has required of you hard and patient work and a detailed knowledge of immigration law and practice. In thanking you, Joe, I echo the gratitude of the many lives your special ministry has touched."
Joseph is survived by his loving wife Geraldine M. Dempsey Farley of Stamford, his loving children Joseph J. Farley and his wife Mary Jeanne of MD and Irene F. Willis and her husband Randy of TX. Also surviving are his four grandchildren Brendan P. and Sean J. Farley, Meghan M. and Erin F. Willis, including a great granddaughter Grayson P. Farley and his godson Nicholas Satriano.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 10:00 AM at St. Leo Parish 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Mausoleum Hawthorne, NY. Family and friends may call at The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 on Monday, March 18, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joseph's memory to Catholic Charities Immigration Program. Donations can be sent to Catholic Charities Finance Office, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT, 06606..
To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com
Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory
104 Myrtle Avenue Stamford, CT 06902
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Mar. 17, 2013