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Justin James

Justin James Farley, age 48, died peacefully at his home on February 9th, 2018 from cardiac complications. He was born on December 6th, 1969 in Mt. Clemens, MI, the son of Kathryn Farley and Donald Bird.

He married his sweetheart Lisa Farley on February 24th, almost 25 years ago, with whom they had two girls, Megan and Julia Farley, the pride and joys of his life. He taught them to read, to do an oil change, the entire history of Marvel superheroes and villians, to love nature, to stop and smell the roses, and to just not take life too seriously.

A lover of music and self taught guitarist, he was always singing or humming any tune that popped into his head. He excelled at growing virtually any fruit or vegetable in mass quantities, reading every history or science book he could get his hands on, being “Mr. Fix-It,” playing baseball with the energy and intensity of a 15 year old, collecting autographs, and giving the greatest, warmest hugs.

Justin loved to cook and prepare elaborate meals for his family, especially when the ingredients were sourced from his own means. Warm, summer days in Albany, WI were comprised of meals cooked over a hand built fireplace near the river, where fresh fruits and veggies from the garden and fish caught from the Sugar River made up most of the menu. The home grown meals didn’t end when the snow came though, as he made sure there was a plethora of homemade spaghetti sauce and salsa always on hand.

He worked in HVAC for the last 24 years and owned his own business for 15 plus years, which kept his hands continuously strong and calloused. He loved to work with his hands and luckily for him, the home projects were never in short supply. Whether it was demolishing and rebuilding rooms in a house or replacing the brakes on all the cars, his handyman skills were always needed.

Justin took fashion cues from no one. His signature look was always a mix of comfort, practicality, and his own personal flare. An every day look would include a pair of elastic ankled sweatpants, one of his many T-shirts that ranged from sports teams to the NASA logo, circle framed sunglasses, a pair of Nikes and either his Boston Redsocks baseball cap or an ascot cap.

In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by his brother Howard (Valerie) Farley of Milwaukee, and brothers Donnie (Patty), Greg (Nicole), Chrissy, Jody (Kate), Charlie (Jennifer), and Jonathon Bird, all of Michigan. Speical mother-in-law Bonnie Daniels; sister-in-law Laura Slook; nephews Daniel and Jake Slook; and many long time friends.

A Memorial Visitation will be held at THE FUNERAL HOME on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 2PM until time of Memorial Service at 5PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to wishes of the family. We appreciate you sending your love, thoughts, and prayers to the family during this difficult time.

Past Comments

jake slook

My uncle was one of the kindest and most generous people i have ever known and was like a second father to me. The best way to remember him is to treat people the way he treated you with a hello or a phone call and a check in to all of those around you.
and to remember him i use the words ‘hey man” that’s what he always said to me and thats what i say to others. I

love him always

ramon candelaria

Hello Valeri

I was Justin’s first best friend and we lived next door on Washington Street when the owner the corner store with Mrs K” their mother! In the brown house and Howard and his guys dressed up as the band KISS and listened to the Beatles! Man I would to see Howard. My name is Ramon Candelaria I can’t believe this I just heard the news from David Medina another friend of that time
Please 414-795-8334

Valeri Farley

Lit a candle in memory of Justin James Farley

Stephanie Call

I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. My heart is with you at this time.
Stephanie Call (Kessler)

Todd Halamka

So sad to hear of Justin passing. Me and him were childhood friends and lost touch over the years. Regret not be able to exchange numbers when I ran into him years ago while working at Evan’s brothers warehouse. We had many great times together and I’ll cherish those memories. Surprised that I never ran into him over the last several years me being in HVAC as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. My you let the days of love and laughter patch the pain you’re feeling in this trying time.

Nicole Rodriguez

Although I never got to meet Justin I got to know him through his girls. They have both grown into amazing women who love their family, their roots, and the natural world. They both are strong, beautiful and have the best sense of humor. I am proud to know them and through them an amazing set of parents. May you be filled with memories of happy times and amazing loving futures. I am so sorry for your loss.

Debbie J newman

Lit a candle in memory of Justin James Farley

Jason Lazarevich

To my good friend Justin I have know for 40 plus years. I will miss you very much we were child hood friend and stay until your end. Lisa, Julia, Megan and Howard I’m so sorry for your lost. World can’t explain the pain your feeling. I will miss him greatly.

Jason Lazarevich Friend for life.


Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May the God who “binds up the brokenhearted” and “comforts all who mourn” sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2

Cheryl Bragg

While both my kids went to Albany Schools, we shared so many wonderful moments with the Farleys. Our daughters practically grew up within both our households. Justin showed love to everyone he came in contact with. He was a wonderful & caring man. Funny wouldn’t quite describe him, he made you laugh, made you feel welcome & always encouraged our girls to be the best they can be. Justin my friend, while you will be terribly missed here on earth, we know that you will be welcomed with open arms in heaven. Til we meet again!!!!!

One Comment

  1. Natacha Rodiac December 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I juste learnt today of the passing of my friend. We lived in two different countries and had met only once, but we were friends nevertheless. He was kind and funny and we shared a common passion : collecting autographs. I will miss him dearly… I am sending all my love to Lisa and their two wonderful daughters…

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