Patrick James (Jim) Fahey, 85, passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Julia Manor Health Care Center following a long and fulfilling life.
Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Earlene Grim Fahey; five children, Patricia Davis, David Fahey, Michael Fahey, Susan Moorhead and Jim Fahey; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and cousin, Tom Jobe.
Jim was born Aug. 6, 1926, in Cumberland, Md., to the late Patrick and Regina Murray Fahey. He attended LaSalle High School in Cumberland, where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball, and graduated in 1944.
Jim served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Escalante, which was used in refueling units of the U.S. 3rd Fleet and the U.S. 5th Fleet at sea, taking part in the action against Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Japanese homeland. From Sept. 26, 1945, to Oct. 20, 1945, she fueled ships in Tokyo Bay. After the war, Jim was assigned to Naval Receiving Station in Washington, D.C., were he played football for the station's team.
Jim then entered Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., on an athletic scholarship in 1946. Jim was a three-sport athlete for the Washington and Lee Generals, lettering in football, basketball and baseball. He was the first post-WWII athlete to be awarded three varsity monograms, and was awarded the school's senior athlete of the year by the Ring Tum Phi. Jim graduated from Washington and Lee with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
Jim went on to play professional football for the American Football League's Jersey City Giants in 1950.
Jim was inducted into the Western Maryland Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002, Washington and Lee Athletic Hall of Fame 2005 and Washington County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Jim's professional career is highlighted as being president of Creasey Co. for 30 years. As president of the wholesale grocery and food distributor, Jim managed all operations, including its warehouse facility, cash and carry centers, and distributing and supplying independent grocery stores in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia area with a dedication to providing excellent customer service.
Jim was a committed community leader, serving as president of the YMCA Board, president of the Kiwanis Club and vice president of the United Way. Jim also served on the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.
Jim was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where he served as a member of the parish council, and then St. Ann's Catholic Church, where he served as first president of the Parish Council.
A memorial Mass will take place Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name for National Shrine of St. Jude. Donations can be sent to The St. Jude League, 205 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60606.