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Philip Joseph Farley Jr.

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Philip Joseph Farley, Jr., 70, passed away on Feb. 1, 2007. Phil was born in Chicago on Dec. 22, 1936, the son of Philip, Sr. and May, both of whom were Irish immigrants. As a first generation American, Phil went to work as a young man before he was able to finish high school. Nevertheless, he was able to live the American dream rising to be a highly successful real estate developer and businessman. He began his work life delivering newspapers and went on to earn his union plumber certification, shortly after which he began to develop his career in real estate. He would often say, "If a plumber like me can make it big, so can you." Phil was a true Chicago powerhouse. His real estate development helped improve some of Chicago's now most popular neighborhoods. The Gaslight and Barry Quadrangle rehab projects changed the face of the area surrounding Illinois Masonic Hospital., he redeveloped Piper's Alley in Old Town, and his home on Dearborn Parkway was the backdrop for many parties and celebrations for noted Chicagoans. In true Irish spirit, he opened P.J. Clarke's and was a founding investor in Gibsons Steakhouse. His legacy also includes Aztec America Bank and numerous other restaurants and pubs. He is survived by his four children, Brian (Patricia), Philip III (Michele), Pam (Andreas Antoniou) and Shawn (Andrea); 13 grandchildren, Zoe, Nico, Sage, Kelly, Philip Joseph IV, Aidan, Maeve, Max, Kendall, Cavan, Mirren, Meghan and Dylan; one sister, Joan Debock; many nieces, nephews, a host of other relatives, many good friends, caregivers, employees and acquaintances. Wake to be held Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 11 East Huron Street, Chicago. Funeral Mass to be held Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Church in Old Town, 1633 North Cleveland Avenue, Chicago. Entombment will be at All Saints Cemetery, 700 North River Road, Des Plaines, followed immediately by a private luncheon for family and friends at Gibsons Steakhouse, 5464 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Frances Xavier Warde School, 120 South Des Plaines, Chicago, IL 60661, Attn: John Pantle. Funeral arrangements handled by Gibbons Funeral Home, 773-777-3944.

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Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Feb. 3, 2007
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