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 Philip G Farley

Philip G Farley

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 19 Oct 2012 (aged 90)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 100121729 · View Source
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Philip G. Farley, a longtime Pendleton resident, died Friday, October 19, at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital. He was 90 years old.
Phil was born in New York City, the first child of Irish immigrants Philip Gerard and Jane McKinney Farley. He attended Catholic grade school, where he became the youngest altar server in the history of the New York Archdiocese, and was a 1939 graduate of Power Memorial Academy. He then worked for a time in the Brooklyn shipyards before enlisting in the US Army in l943. He served as a military policeman and GI in the European theater. Following his l946 discharge, he headed west in a wreck of a car, eventually enrolling at the University of Northern Colorado after a chance meeting with the registrar in a coffee shop. Supported by the GI bill, he majored in history and played varsity football while courting an attractive coed named Bobby Iver. They married in l950 and settled in Pendleton, where both taught in local schools.
Phil began his career as a 6th grade teacher at Washington, where his students regarded him as an exotic creature after detecting his New York accent and hearing stories of stickball and mysterious foods such as pizza and matzo balls. He briefly moved to middle school and landed at Pendleton High School, where he taught US and World history. Always he sought opportunities to broaden his range, attending summer institutes at Harvard, Columbia, Stanford and Amherst. After winning a prestigious John Hay fellowship, he spent the academic year l960-61 at Northwestern University, with Bobby and 3-year-old daughter, Brigit. Upon his return, with the collaboration of principal Don Fossatti, he launched Advanced Placement American History, a college survey course offered to ambitious students. He taught it to generations of PHS students, helping them hone their research and writing skills and achieve high grades on the year-end exam. Colleagues followed suit and began to offer AP English, Government, Biology and Calculus courses.
Outside of school, the Manhattan native gamely sampled local traditions. He bought a shotgun for fall hunting but realized he lacked a canine to flush out the prey, so he sent Bobby out ahead to beat the bushes. The results proved underwhelming, so he returned to more familiar pursuits, listening to jazz and classical music, reading the Sunday New York Times and following his beloved New York Yankees and Giants. He remained an active Catholic, teaching religious education classes to high schoolers for many years. His faith informed his convictions on many issues, notably during the Vietnam War when he wrote dozens of conscientious objector letters for former students.
After retiring in l984, Phil worked in local history with the Umatilla County Historical Society. But he diversified his portfolio, becoming a serious golfer, working constantly on his game and competing in tournaments with Bobby. He traveled often, with Bobby on cruises and Elderhostels and to the battlefields of northern France and Belgium and his hometown of New York with Brigit. Three recent trips to Ireland, where he and Brigit visited the birthplaces of his parents in counties Cavan and Donegal, became a highlight of his life. He tried his hand at cooking, particularly Irish and Italian dishes, with high marks for effort. At all times, he enjoyed the company of friends and family, which included four German Shorthaired Pointers: Daisy, Mickey, Annie and Charlie.
He leaves behind his wife, Bobby, daughter Brigit, brother Fran Farley of Chico, Ca., sister Eileen Cuniff of Tuscon and a dedicated coterie of friends. The survivors are shellshocked and grieving, sheep without a shepherd, but take comfort in the certainty that his good heart, love of life and New York élan will live on in them forever.
Phil's memorial mass will be November 8, 2012, 11 am, at St. Andrews Mission church. Memorial contributions encouraged to the Education Foundation of Pendleton, c/o Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, 131 SE Byers Avenue, Pendleton, 97801.


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  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100121729
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