HORNELL-Floyd Patrick Farley, 83, passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening (July 26, 2020) at his home on Sharps Hill Road (Town of Fremont).
Born in Warsaw, N.Y. on Aug. 24, 1936, he was the son of the late Donald and Gladys (Preston) Farley. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by a step grandson, John Dye and one sister, Dolores HerrNeckar.
A former resident of Thacherville and the Village of North Hornell, Floyd has resided at his home in the Town of Fremont for 21 years.
He was a graduate of Alfred-Almond Central School, class of 1956 and from Sept. 1956 to Jan. 1957 he attended meat cutting school in Toledo, Ohio finishing first in his class (99.4%).
Floyd proudly served his country with the U.S. Army from 1958 to his honorable discharge as a Sergeant in 1960; after serving 18 months in Germany. After serving in the Army he served his community for 44 years as the “Meat Man” at A & P, Acme, Super Duper, retiring from Wegmans. He was well known for “Floyd’s Own Sausage.”
While in high school he competed in Cross Country and won the sectionals in Class B in 1955. His love for high school sports continued with officiating basketball from 1960 to 1993. He was the first referee from Steuben County to officiate at the State Basketball Tournament in Glens Falls, N.Y. Countless friends and memories were made. Many fans, and adversaries stopped at the meat counter to discuss “last night’s game.”
He was married on May 13, 2000 (his wife’s birthday) to the former Betsey Kilbury Dye. Together they took many trips and cruises including two trips to Ireland. Floyd was incredibly proud of his Irish heritage. He loved mowing his lawn and enjoying his “kingdom.”
A very devout Catholic, Floyd was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell. He was also a member of the Arthur H. Cunningham American Legion Post No. 440 in Hornell, a life member of the IAABO #156 of Steuben County, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Hornell Association.
His loving family includes his wife of 20 years, Betsey Farley; one daughter, Kelly (Dean) Wightman; two step sons, Gary (Ann) Dye and Barry (Mary) Dye; grandson, Patrick (Tricia) Wightman, step grand daughter, Danielle (Lance) Rawlings; one sister, Donna (Bob) Williams; as well as several nieces and nephew.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Floyd Patrick Farley.
Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Thursday (July 30, 2020) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. 25 PEOPLE WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE FUNERAL HOME AT ONE TIME. FACE MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE REQUIRED AND THE USE OF HAND SANITIZER AFTER ENTERING.
Friends are invited to join his family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday (July 31, 2020). THOSE ATTENDING WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE MASKS AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. Committal prayers and interment, with military honors, will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.
The United States flag and the Army flag will proudly fly at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in recognition of Floyd’s military service.
All services will be live streamed and may be seen either on the homepage of www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com (please see link for live stream) or on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. for 30 days beginning at 10 a.m. Friday (July 31, 2020).
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to either St. Mary’s Cemetery, in care of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell or to the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, N.Y. 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.
Online condolences or remembrances of Floyd are welcomed on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. or at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.