OBITUARY

Robert E Farley

February 21, 1934August 5, 2018
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Robert E. Farley Sr., 84, of Rockford passed away on Sunday August 5, 2018. Born February 21, 1934 in Rockford. Son of Fred and Marian (Tishman) Farley. United in marriage to Norma Cypret on November 24, 1950. She predeceased him on April 23, 2000. Employed as a machinist having worked at Zenith Cutter and retiring from Amerock. Member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church. Found great enjoyment in golfing, playing cards with his buddies, dancing especially to his sons bands wherever they played and most importantly anytime spent with his family and grandkids. He was a Chicago Bears and Tiger Woods fan.

Survived by his son, Rob Farley Jr; daughters, Carolyn Farley, Jody (Donnie) Rice, Jeanine Farley; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Joanne Royster; several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; daughter, Sharon Plasters; son, Dan Farley; siblings, James Farley, Delores Sanner, Jack Farley; special cat, Babes.

Celebration of Life Funeral Service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 11 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Visitation at 12:30 p.m. until time of service. Entombment following in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

  • FAMILY

  • Fred Farley, Father
  • Marian (Tishman) Farley, Mother
  • Joanne Royster, Sister
  • Jack Farley, Brother
  • James Farley, Brother
  • Delores Sanner, Sister
  • Norma (Cypret) Farley, Wife
  • Rob Farley Jr, Son
  • Carolyn Farley, Daughter
  • Jody (Donnie) Rice, Daughter
  • Jeanine Farley, Daughter
  • Sharon Plasters, Daughter
  • Dan Farley, Son
  • Also survived by numerous Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren; 1 Great-Great-Grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Saturday, August 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Robert E Farley

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Karen Flint Earegood

October 10, 2018

Uncle Bob was a special man. I will always remember his infectious smile. He cared so much for everyone.... especially his family. I’m glad he is with Aunt Norma now. RIP Uncle Bob ❤️

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Biography

When Robert E Farley walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Robert was and how he impacted those around him. Robert was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Robert wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Robert was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

       He was the son of Fred and Marian (Tishman) Farley. Robert was raised in Rockford, Illinois. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Robert might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Robert was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      Robert was raised with four siblings. He had two sisters, Joanne and Delores and two brothers, Jack and James. Robert was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Robert was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Robert well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

       Robert's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards Norma's needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. Robert was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

      Robert was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Robert, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Farley home. Robert's skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up.

      Robert was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was a machinist. He was employed at Zenith Cutter and retiring from Amerock. Robert was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize him. Robert had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Robert's fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Robert loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were golfing, playing cards with his buddies, dancing especially to his sons bands wherever they played and most importantly anytime spent with his family and grandkids. Robert had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Robert's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Robert derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Recreational sports included golfing. Robert was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were the Chicago Bears and Tiger Woods Golf.

      Robert was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church. He was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and he used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for his beliefs.

      Robert was a lover of animals and cherished his pets especially his special cat, Babes.

       He adapted and, like everything in his life, made it satisfying. Because he was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Robert to master. In retirement, he found pleasure in golfing, playing cards with his buddies and dancing. Even in retirement, Robert continued to stay in touch with his old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

       He is survived by his son, Rob Farley Jr; daughters, Carolyn Farley, Jody (Donnie) Rice, Jeanine Farley; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Joanne Royster; brother, Jack Farley; several nieces and nephews. Services were held at Sunset Funeral Home. Robert was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Machesney Park, Illinois.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Robert. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Robert Farley for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Robert was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.