Robert Feeley, 92, had lived in New Milford
Published 6:56 pm, Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Robert Joseph Feeley, 92, of Martinez, Ga., formerly of New Milford, died May 24, at his home after a long-term illness.
Mr. Feeley was born in Syracuse, N.Y., to Robert S. Feeley and Marie E. Feeley. The oldest of five children, he attended Greenwich High School.
Being part of a musical family, Mr. Feeley developed a love of music, especially big band music. He was a talented saxophonist.
Mr. Feeley joined the Army during World War II. During his service, he transported blinded soldiers home from Europe and rehabilitated them upon returning to the U.S.
After completion of his service, he met and married Catherine Shea in 1946. The couple was married in Riverside, and later lived in Baldwinsville and Carmel, N.Y.
They settled with their three daughters and a son in New Milford.
Throughout his life, Mr. Feeley was an active member of the communities in which he lived and never seemed to meet a stranger.
Mr. Feeley loved to sing and took any opportunity to entertain those around him with his voice.
As an American of Irish ancestry, he had a love of all things Irish, from the Irish oatmeal he ate for breakfast to the Irish flag that flew in front of his home, and to the cherished shillelagh he received as a recent Christmas gift. He visited Ireland in 1996.
While living in New Milford, he attended Mass daily without fail (and never without doughnuts) at St. Francis Xavier Church and served as a Eucharistic minister.
His enthusiasm and loyalty made him well known at the church and the New Milford Senior Center.
In 2005, Mr. Feeley and his wife moved to Georgia to escape the New England winters and join their children and grandchildren who had previously migrated south.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Feeley is survived by siblings, Gordon Feeley, Margaret Merrit and Joanne (Feeley) Whipple; four children, Diane D'Amato, of New Milford, Robert and Laurie Feeley, of Evans, Ga., Kathleen Dolan, of Sharon, and Julie, and her husband, Lembit Paist, of Martinez, and Ned Dolan of Kent; seven grandchildren, Erin Dolan, Megan (Dolan) Mollica, Eric Paist, Diane (Paist) Newsome, Robert Paist, Rory Dolan, and Sean Feeley; five great-grandchildren, Luke Mollica, Kendall Shea Newsome, Cole Mollica, Conner Paist and Tyler Newsome; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Timothy Feeley; a brother, Edmund Feeley; a son-in-law, Thomas D'Amato; and a granddaughter, Moira Dolan.
The Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors of Augusta, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LightHouse for the Blind: www.lighthouse-sf.org/donate.