Francis J. Feely "Frank"

Francis J. Feely "Frank"

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  • Occupation:
    Marsh & McLennan | Accountant
    Biography:

    You always knew when Francis Jude Feely was around by his distinctive laugh, a deep and loud guffaw. An accountant at Marsh & McLennan, Mr. Feely was a huge fan of "The Far Side," and would bring cartoons applicable to members of the family at gatherings. "Every year he knew one present he was getting from me, the `Far Side' calendar," said his mother, Patricia Feely. Mr. Feely also had a talent for remembering jokes and recounting them perfectly. "Such a repertoire!" she said.

    Mr. Feely, 42, grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where he began dating his future wife, Lori, at 16. They both went to St. Francis College, married and eventually moved to Middletown, N.Y. He made friends with a small band of commuters on Metro-North, and they had dinner once a month or so, said his father, Francis Joseph Feely. Frank and Lori Feely separated in January, but remained amicable.

    "He wasn't a saint by any means," his mother said, but he was a funny, loyal friend, and was devoted to his girls, Jennifer, 19; Lauren, 16; Stephanie, 11; and Caitlin, 7.

    Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 18, 2001.

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    My dad, Frank, was a wonderful person. He had the greatest sense of humor-- he was always retelling his favorite jokes-- and a loud boisterous laugh to accompany it. He was intelligent and many of his friends and family were convinced that he was the smartest person they knew. He could remember everything-- names phone numbers the exact page of a book you would find certain information complex jokes-- down to the minutest detail. He was a big-time accountant in New York City a vice president of the firm yet it didn't faze him. It didn't matter. The most important things in his life were his daughters and the chance to play a game of golf or baseball with his friends and family on the weekends. He always had time for friends and family my sisters and me especially. It was my dad who made me aware of the fact that life is not everlasting. It can come to an end at any moment. He showed me this through his words and wisdom every day and also through his own passing. It is because of my dad that I have learned to live my life to the fullest; learned to value every person every moment every moment every feeling. He taught me to love to treasure and to live. He taught me to keep going to persevere even when my life seems to be at its darkest and most miserable. My dad is no longer here but he is not gone forever. Saying goodbye isn't necessary. A simple see you later will do Published by Stephanie Feely