2009-08-05 / Obituaries

Patrick "PJ" Faherty

Faherty, Patrick (PJ), 57, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on August 2, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan MacLean, and his sons, Thomas and Matthew; beloved mother, Maureen Faherty; sister, Elaine Cella; brothers Martin, Sean, and Michael. He was predeceased by his father, Martin J. Faherty.

After graduating from Pace University and Columbia University, he taught English in Liberty, NY and then at New Hyde Park HS. Next he moved to Suffern HS where he spent 29 years as an administrator, the last seven of which as the principal. PJ was always inquisitive and committed to the art of teaching, and loved his students and staff members. He touched the lives of many, will be dearly missed, and lovingly remembered.

Deeply devoted to his family, Pat enjoyed spending time with his sons at many sporting events such as Army home games, and his fall Sundays were spent watching football with his friends and children. He coached his sons' Little League teams for a number of

years, was a Cub Scout leader, and was frequently involved in Garrison School activities. His family spent their summers traveling throughout the United States and Europe or living on Cape Cod, which Pat loved dearly.

Pat closely followed politics and enjoyed a good debate. A cup of strong coffee and a newspaper provided the ideal start to a great day. Reading was also a passion of his, as he enjoyed an eclectic mix of genres. Other frequent hobbies included yearly cleanups of the garage, browsing "discount" stores for treasures, and adding to his collection of sunglasses and sandals.

Calling hours at the Clinton Funeral Home 21 Parrott St. Cold Spring, will be 7 - 9pm on Tuesday evening, August 4; and from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm on Wednesday, August 5. The funeral will be held at St. Philip's Church in the Highlands (in Garrison) on Thursday August 6, 2009, at 10am. Burial will follow at the Cold Spring Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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