George Farley
George R. Farley
  • 87 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 5, 1930
  • Date of passing: Mar 28, 2018
Let's take this train for one last stop, I know it's not the end, but it can't be that far. "The Wounded Warrior" Johnny Cash

George R. Farley lived to age 87.  Known to his family as “Sonny” and to his friends, as “Cheese” , he resided in Flagtown, New Jersey for most of his life.

Cheese was the longest living member and Ex-Chief of the Flagtown Fire Department, Company # 36 founded by his grandfather, George Marshall Farley in 1937.

After a period of time studying at Rutgers University, George joined the United States Air Force in 1951 where he became a flight mechanic for the Strategic Air Command (SAC). George was a proud veteran of the Korean War.

In December of the same year (1951), George Farley married his childhood sweetheart, Marlene Solga and then shared 67 years of marriage together.  

In 1956, after the tragic death of his mother Margaret Farley, George returned to live in Flagtown with his wife and daughter and to raise his baby brother, Jimmy. George took over ownership of Farley’s Tavern where he worked with his father, Ike Farley and remained working at the tavern for the next 45 years.

George was a proud member of the Brotherhood of Freemasons and the Benevolent and Protective order of the Elks (BPOE). He also served on the Hillsborough School Board and Zoning Board.  George was a lifelong, proud democrat and a patriot with a strong allegiance and love for country.

“Cheese” Farley was a historian of the small town where he lived.  He would tell story after story of the days gone by remembering details long forgotten by others.  He had a keen memory, mind of his own, a strong character of moral values, a sharp wit, and loyalty to his those he held dear.  

Cheese was a man who would tell it like he saw it.  Some might not agree with him but all would respect him.  He was a man who dedicated his life to serving others and was the rock of the Farley Family. If there was a job that needed to be done, he stepped up every time.  

Cheese is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Marlene Solga Farley, his daughter Sherry Marchie and her husband Robert, his son George Robert Farley, his sister Margaret Elizabeth Farley, his brother James Marshall Farley and his wife, Cindy and grandchildren: Graham Carley and wife, Cara, Gwyn Farley, Kandyce Farley, and five beloved great-grandchildren: Hope, Mia, Layne, Adrian, Jonah and many nieces and nephews.  All of us will remember the feisty and fearless man who served as our father, brother, husband, grandfather, uncle, and friend, who held friendships sacred, who lived a straight and honest life, who told the story of a small town, teaching a family’s history to the young while continuing to sing for all, his favorite song, “You Are My Sunshine.” By example, he taught us strength and kindness go hand in hand.

A private service to celebrate George’s life is being planned for family members. Then, together we will sing his favorite song and share our memories to honor the exceptional life of George Ralph Farley.   


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by SHERRY EVANS on 25th April 2018

"Sorry to hear of your lost, I too have recently lost a loved one in death. However the Bible  gives  us a hope as we  read  Rev 21:4 we can look to  see them  again. Heb 2:14 helps  us  to see  who  causes death, When God's Kingdom is  realized as mentioned  in Matt.6: 9,10.We can   hope to see our loved ones again as stated in Acts 24:14.Hope  and comfort comes from Gods word."

This tribute was added by Kayla Heard on 18th April 2018

"I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to your family. A scripture I find helpful is Isaiah 41:10 even though we may feel alone when we lose someone we love God reminds us that he is there with us ready to comfort us.We can appreciate that now and Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore the former things have passed away.”

By means of God’s kingdom that Jesus mentioned at Matthew 6:10 that is what we can look forward to in the future.

WWW.JW.org gives you more insight on the future blessings this kingdom will bring.
I will continually keep you in my prayers during this time and in the days ahead."

This tribute was added by Mickey Field on 8th April 2018

"On behalf of the Farley family, we thank everyone who has left kind words of condolences on this memorial site hosted by Forever Missed & Fertig Funeral Home, our facebook pages  and the Courier News obituary page.  Your words and memories mean so much.  Knowing people are remembering my brother and sharing stories, brings a feeling of peace during this sad time. We look forward to reading more of your memories and comments.  Every post is deeply appreciated.  Margaret (Peg) Farley"""

This tribute was added by Mickey Field on 8th April 2018

"Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I feel for the loss of your brother, "Sonny".  
Cheese was our Flagtown Mayor & historian.  I loved listening to  him tell stories of what went on in this little town.  He will be missed.  
Do your best to stay healthy and think of all the good times you had with your brother.  
Love, Carmela"

This tribute was added by Mickey Field on 7th April 2018

"Dear Farley Family,

I hope my dad, Ed Samuel, and Cheese are having fun up there!

Rest In Peace

Susan Samuel

March 31, 2018"

This tribute was added by Mickey Field on 7th April 2018

"Dear Farley family,

Please accept our deepest sympathy at this time of loss.

Sincerely,
The Sullivan Family

Cynthia Sullivan
March 30, 2018"

This tribute was added by Mickey Field on 7th April 2018

"Dear Marlene, Sherrie, Robbie, Jim and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Cheese. Our sincerest condolences to you and your families. My son Jason and I stopped in to see Cheese and Marlene in late September. Cheese could talk for hours without repeating the same story!

Cheese and my Dad, Charlie Korth are probably already fishing together. Dad passed away November 18th at age 91. Cheese and Dad would talk regularly for hours even though Dad was in Ohio near us.

God Bless the Farley Family,

Jeff & Liz Korth
April 01, 2018 | West Chester, OH"

This tribute was added by Mickey Field on 7th April 2018

"Dear Farley Family , we are so sorry to hear of the passing oc Cheese . 43 years ago he I'll never forget that he stopped by to welcome us to Flagtown. I will always remember him as a warm and wonderful person . We are so sorry for your loss. Randy and Diane Sinclair

April 02, 2018"

This tribute was added by Mickey Field on 7th April 2018

"To the Farley Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of George, one of my fellow classmate and dear friend. George was one of kind, we shared many good times together as students at Somerville High School. May the soul of George rest in Peace.

Jim DeCicco
April 02, 2018 | Long Beach Island, NJ"

This tribute was added by Mickey Field on 7th April 2018

"So very sorry to hear George passed. What a special man. I always enjoyed his stories and sense of humor. Prayers for Marlene and the family-Tom and Peg Sullivan and family.

Tom Sullivan
April 02, 2018 | Whitehouse, NJ"

This tribute was added by Mickey Field on 4th April 2018

"On behalf of the Farley family, we thank everyone who has left kind words of condolences on this memorial site hosted by Forever Missed & Fertig Funeral Home, our facebook pages  and the Courier News obituary page.  Your words and memories mean so much.  Knowing people are remembering my brother and sharing stories, brings a feeling of peace during this sad time. We look forward to reading more of your memories and comments.  Every post is deeply appreciated."

This tribute was added by Barbara Orzechowski on 1st April 2018

"I Have so many wonderful memories growing up in Flagtown, my dad loved taking us to Farley’s when we were younger. Cheese would let us shoot pool and have soda.
I’m so sorry for your loss please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Judy Singer on 1st April 2018

"I am deeply saddened to hear about Cheese's passing, I was lucky enough to meet him when he came for physical therapy years ago.  He was a kind and funny man, always smiling.  My deepest sympathies to his wife and family."


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