Joseph Farley
1923 - 2017
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Joseph W. Farley, 93

Holden - Joseph W. Farley, 93, of Holden and formerly of Worcester, died Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center.

His wife of 63 years, Mary V. (Rice) Farley, died in 2011.

Joe leaves four children, James M. Farley and his wife Kathy of Solomons, Maryland, Elizabeth T. Cusson and her husband Joe of Worcester, Robert J. Farley and his wife Gail of Newburyport, and Mark R. Farley and his wife Annette of Holden; nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother John F. Farley and his sister Margaret T. McNamara.

Joe was born August 7, 1923 in Worcester, son of Joseph W. and Margaret T. (Reardon) Farley. He lived in Worcester until moving to Holden in 1970. He also spent many winters in Vero Beach, Fla.

Joe was a graduate of the former Commerce High School where he was President of his class.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served in both the European and the Asiatic-Pacific theaters.

Joe worked for more than 30 years for the New England Telephone Co., retiring in 1978 as a manager in the business systems repair department.

Joe was a lifelong member of Blessed Sacrament Parish. He was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Greendale Retired Men's Club, and the Green Hill Golf Club.

Joe was an avid golfer. He had two holes-in-one during his lifetime, one at Green Hill and the other at Dodger Pines Country Club in Vero Beach.

Calling hours are Monday, August 7, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 555 Pleasant St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.

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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 3 to Aug. 6, 2017.
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July 28, 2020
Joe, the world is not the same since you left. We miss weekly Adoration at St. George Chapel and especially you.
Paul & Carol Bobkowski
August 27, 2017
I am thinking of you and your family. Bette, it was nice to meet you at Adoration just before your Dad's birthday and I am glad everyone enjoyed the gooey butter cake a few years back.

Joe, I miss you already and I miss our conversations and time spent together in Adoration. As you know now, Mernie, my Service Dog is with you. Both of you can keep each other company.

Bette, your dad loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren very much. He LOVES his shirt that had the grandchildren's and great grandchildren's names on it and the family book. He truly enjoyed his visits with family.

Joe, you are a very nice man who appreciated and loved the Mass and Adoration and your family. Tell Mernie I said hi and that I love her very much.

Jennifer (Jen) Sappington
Jen Sappington
August 8, 2017
Bobby, Mark and family so sorry for the loss of your dad. not only was he a good guy to work with but he was a great guy to know
Tom Harvey
August 7, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I've known him since I was a teenager and he has been a great neighbor. I look over at his house all the time and think of him. We will miss him.
Jeffrey and Lynn Scott
August 6, 2017
Bob, Mark, and Family,

So sorry to hear if the loss of your father. Both of your parents were great people. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. May God bless you with the grace needed to go through these times.
Stanley Hilton
August 5, 2017
Dear Bette, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. He sounds like an amazing man with great faith who touched many in his life.
Martha Wally
August 5, 2017
Bette, and family, please know my thoughts & prayers are with you all, so sorry for your loss.
Ann Marie (Delage) Sweeten
August 5, 2017
To the Farley Family,

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a great guy and always had a great sense of humor. We have lots of good memories and he will be greatly missed.
In our thoughts and prayers..
Tom Kelley
August 5, 2017

Sorry to hear of your Dads passing...May he Rest in Peace..
Kim Strniste
August 5, 2017
Pop, you were my dad, my friend, and also my hero.. Rest in peace! Love you!!!! Bob
Bob Farley
August 5, 2017
Seeing Joe weekly at the St. George Adoration Chapel offered more than spiritual blessings. We got to visit with Joe Farley, one of the most friendly and jovial persons you could know. He loved his family, golf and making people like us happy. We will miss his presence, but savor his wonderful sense of humor.
Hit 'em far and straight Joe.

Paul & Carol Bobkowski
Holden, Ma
Paul & Carol Bobkowski
August 4, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Bob Ryan (brother of Jack Ryan who was a classmate of Jim's at St. John's.)

Robert C. Ryan, Jr.
San Antonio, TX
Robert Ryan
August 4, 2017
So many memories at the Farley household. Sorry for your loss, prayers and hugs to you all. Surround yourself with the many beautiful memories you have as you navigate through this difficult time.
Charlie (Irene) Lambert (Mitchell)
August 4, 2017
Remembering Joe Farley Amazing gentleman,very cool guy. Joe it was a privilege to have known you. GOD BLESS YOU
Don Bowles
August 4, 2017
Jim, Bette, Bobby and Mark

I am so sad to learn of your father's death. Such a loss to all of your family but great joy in Heaven to be reunited with Mary and his friend, Bob.

With sincerest sympathy,
Kathy Keegan
Kathleen Keegan
August 3, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
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