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.