STAMFORD, Conn. - Joseph J. Farley, of Stamford, died Saturday, March 16. He was 89.
Farley was born April 19, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Thomas J. and Marion V. Leaver Farley. After graduating as president of Manual High School’s senior class in Brooklyn, he 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 Corp., he served in key assignments in California, Washington, D.C., and Armonk, N.Y. 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.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Farley applied his business knowledge by serving the Long Ridge Fire Company for two decades as secretary, vice president and president.
Farley was ordained a permanent deacon of the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1980. He was assigned to St. Leo Parish, Stamford, from the date of his ordination until July 2005, when he retired.
Farley is survived by his wife, Geraldine; children Joseph J. Farley (Mary Jeanne) of Maryland and Irene F. Willis (Randy) of Texas; and four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Calling hours are Monday, March 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, March 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Leo Parish 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Mausoleum Hawthorne, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Farley’s memory to Catholic Charities Immigration Program. Donations can be sent to Catholic Charities Finance Office, 238 Jewett Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06606.