Obituary of Philip Varley
Philip Varley, of Yonkers, NY, died on October 12, 2022. He lived 77 active years and was surrounded by family and friends until the very end. He was born in Gleanntreig, Cloughbrack, Co. Galway, Ireland in January 1945 to Michael and Annie (nee Comer) Varley.
He is survived by his children, Robert and Lisa (Joseph McCool), his former spouse Maude (nee Salmon), and his beloved grandchildren Aiden, Nieve, and Juliet.
He was adored by his brothers John (Ann), Peter, Michael (Rosie), and Brendan as well as his sisters Bridget (Matty), Ann, Josephine (Michael), and the predeceased Mary. He will be missed by countless nephews and nieces in the U.S, Ireland, and England.
His absence will be deeply felt by longtime companion, Carmel Monahan who has been a great support to the Varley family during this difficult time.
He was renowned for his work ethic, having spent many years with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters - Local Union 608 and Sandhogs Local 147. Prior to immigrating to NY, he worked in farming and various trades in Ireland and England. After retirement, he regularly visited Galway and Mayo, taking great pleasure in leading his brother’s sheepdogs up into the hills. Locally, he could be seen on daily walks around Yonkers and Woodlawn, often stopping to chat or sit and read his newspapers.
He was a devoted follower of Galway football and hurling, but any Gaelic fixture could capture his attention. He played for and supported the Connemara Gaels football club in the New York Gaelic Athletic Association. He found meaningful fellowship in the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Yonkers.
Viewing will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 2:00 - 9:00 P.M. in Hodder Farenga Funeral Home, 899 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 17, 2022 at 10:45 A.M. in St. Barnabas Church, Bronx, NY
Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY