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“I was doing random web searches tonight (Sept 2,20012) in an effort to avoid going to bed when I happened to follow a search for a friend to this...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Vicki Buffolino - NY

“Dear Kathy, I am so sorry to have taken so long to let you know that my thoughts have been with you. The Farleys have been so special to Pueblo's...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Leah Samuelson - Pueblo, CO

“Dear Ann Michelle, Wanted to express my sympathies to you and yours concerning the loss of your Father. You were the "apple of Grandma Lucy's eye"....Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Carol Paglione Gordon - CO

“Kathy and family, Gary and I send our condolences to you. Pueblo has lost one of its most dedicated supporters. My parents, Kay and Bill Baker, knew...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Ann Kochenberger - Denver, CO

“We were so sorry that previous commitments kept us from the memorial. Tom was a local treasure that will be sorely missed. Kathy, our best to you...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: carole and dave lange - pueblo, CO

“Many fond memories and stories about Tom. Here's just one of many. At a Colorate Ute hearing in Lamar, Tom and I were sitting next to each other at...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: John and Molly Archibold - Denver, CO

“I haven't seen Tom since we graduated together from CU Law School in 1959. In law school he was a colorful person and apparently he lived a...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Charles E. Graves - Sheridan, WY

“We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Tom. He was a great man, fantastic person, (and from growing up with the kids) the best father anyone could...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: ed (eddie) and paula lewis - CO

“Kathy, I first met you and Tom when Jessie invited you to one of our Cameo Club parties. You and Tom came to many of our functions after that....Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Angie Duran - Pueblo, CO

“We have learned of Tom's passing and want you to know you have our deepest sympathy. We know this is all a part of life, but it is never easy to lose...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Phelps - CO

“Cathy: My sincere sympathy and condolences to you. I'm remembering good times with you and our committe on "the arts." Good days rather long ago. ...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Phyllis Bryant - Denver, CO

“Kathy and family, it was indeed my pleasure to be able to work with Tom on his campaign and in the Statehouse. What a great guy he was and I will...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Terry Maytag Yannias - CO

“Tom was a great friend to my family, Pat and Bret Kelly. He will be missed. ”
13 of 33 | Posted by: Kate Kelly - Larchmont, NY

“Dear Mrs. Farley, Tom was a respected and mature classmate of mine at Santa Clara, showing advanced responsibilities in comparison with the majority...Read More »
14 of 33 | Posted by: Larry and Betty Burke - CA

“Dear Kathy and family: So many special memories! I remember our Farley, Fuhr and Grimshaw family trips to Lake Powell. John was Speaker of the...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Thomas T. Grimshaw - Denver, CO

“Mr. Farley was an incredible man. Thanks to his help, I am presently attending law school at Santa Clara. Words cannot express the tremendous impact...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Sarah Whitney - Santa Clara, CA

“Tom has touched so many and done so much, we have all lost a great friend, mentor, and leader. We are forever grateful for having Tom in our lives...Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: Mike and Linda Matthews - Denver, CO

“Our deepest sympathy to the family of Tom Farley. He was so knowledgable about many things. He will be sadly missed by many people. Vaya Con Dios....Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Maria Clark - Pueblo, CO

“I had the honor of working for this really terrific and caring man. I was saddened to hear of his passing. He did so much for so many and will be...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Jan Bair - Pueblo, CO

“A great man, who will be sorely missed. Please know we are praying for you all ~ Jim & Christal ”
20 of 33 | Posted by: Jim Yankovich - Westcliffe, CO

“It was my honor to serve in the State House of Representatives in the early '70's in the Democratic minority under the principled and effective...Read More »
21 of 33 | Posted by: Wayne Knox - Denver, CO

“Kathy and family, Pat and I hold you in our thoughts. Kathy, we know how much your marriage was a loving and beautiful partnership. ”
22 of 33 | Posted by: Patricia and Neil White - WA

“We already miss our dear friend Tom. A man of great character and subtle humor, he served with us on the Health Net board for 16 years. More than a...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Roger F. and Erika Greaves - AZ

“Tom and I were law school classmates at the University of Colorado (1956-1959). Although his health prevented him attending our 50 year class reunion...Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: Greg Martin - Boulder, CO

“Dear Kathy and Family, My sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. What a beautiful obituary, and I do remember his...Read More »
25 of 33 | Posted by: Juanita Cisneros - Loveland, CO

“With deepest condolences. Tom's life of service will be a continuing influence for good through all who knew him. ”
26 of 33 | Posted by: Randy Stewart - Woodland Hills, CA

“Farley Family, You are all in my thoughts and prayers on the loss of Tom. He was a political mentor and idol to me. His memory and desire to...Read More »
27 of 33 | Posted by: Victor Raigoza - Albuquerque, NM

“Tom had a wealth of experiences that included family, world travel, diverse clientele and politics, all of which combined to make him one of the most...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Randie Tellefsen - Denver, CO

“My deepest condolences to all of the Farley family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
29 of 33 | Posted by: Sherry Chavez - Boulder, CO

“Tom represented Southeast Colorado Power Association for over 40 years. His "wicked" sense of humor, keen wit and abundant caring for people were...Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: Rich Wilson - La Junta, CO

“I will keep your family in my prayers. - Chris Kepferle ”
31 of 33 | Posted by: Chris Kepferle - Bethesda, MD

“My condolences to the Kathy and the Farley family. I first met Mr. Farley when I started the Chamber in 1974 and he was serving on the Board of...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: Cathy Garcia - Pueblo, CO

“After reading the words expressed in the Chieftain and other publications, there's little more for me to add. The years at Petersen & Fonda were...Read More »
33 of 33 | Posted by: Rita Standefer - Waco, TX


Thomas T. Farley Fortified by the Sacraments, and in the company of family, Thomas Tancred Farley entered immortality on Aug. 23, 2010, after a long and valiant fight with cancer. Born Nov. 10, 1934, in Pueblo, to John B. Farley M.D. and Mary T. Farley who preceded him in death. His brother, John B. Farley, Jr. died before Tom was born. He was also preceded in death by his aunt, Marcella Farley Dillon. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen M. Farley; children, Fr. John B. Farley, Grand Junction, Michael M. Farley (Stella), Littleton, Kelly K. Farley and Anne-Michele Farley (Jack Wooley), both of Pueblo. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Maria Magdalene, Isabella Kathleen and Thomas Maxson. He is also survived by his cousin, Ann Seibert (Bill) of Ontario, Calif. and nephews, Patrick and Michael Horan, Santa Fe, N. M. Tom graduated from Pueblo Catholic High in 1952 and Santa Clara University in California in 1956, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. In 1959, he graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a LL.B (Law Degree). Throughout his life, Tom dedicated his energies to public service and the underdog. Tom loved his home town, Pueblo, and accomplished a great deal for the community. He was a senior partner in the premier law firm of Petersen & Fonda and specialized in education, health care, and public utilities law. Tom was the longtime attorney for Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo City Schools, and Southeast Colorado Power Association. Tom championed the rural electric company based in La Junta in “colorful” cases against Public Service Company and Montrose-based Colorado Ute. A former State Representative from Pueblo, Tom served as one of the youngest Minority Leaders in the nation. During his long political career, he was a candidate in the Gubernatorial Democratic Primary. Tom had a lifelong love of radio and owned KBRR in Leadville and KGHF (later KKAM) in Pueblo. Tom Farley was a great friend and supporter of the Colorado State University System. In past years, he served as the Chairman of the CSU State Board of Agriculture. For the past two years, Tom also served on the CSU Board of Governors which includes schools in Ft. Collins and Pueblo. At the time of his death, he served as Community Advisor to Wells Fargo Bank of Pueblo and on the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo Finance Committee. He served on the Health Net (QualMed) Board of Directors and as a regent for Santa Clara University in California. Tom also was President of the Farley Foundation and was active in the Colorado Forum, Rotary Club No. 43, Monday Evening Club, BPO Elks No. 90, Knights of Columbus, and Pueblo County and Colorado Bar Associations. He previously served on the boards for Public Service Company of Colorado, Colorado Wildlife Commission, Colorado Public Radio, Pueblo Catholic Charities, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, and Pueblo Economic Development Corporation. Tom was also a charter trustee of Great Outdoors Colorado and helped secure a $1 million legacy grant for the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project. As a member of the Colorado State Fair Commission, he fought hard to keep the Fair in Pueblo and first introduced “Farley’s Fireworks" to the annual event. He was instrumental in expanding the status of the Junior Livestock Sale and by inviting prominent Denver businesses to form a buyer’s group and increase prices for the prize-winning animals. Throughout his lifetime, Tom received many honors including the Pueblo Community College’s Pueblo Hall of Fame, Distinguished Service Awards from the University of Colorado and University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo), Sierra Club’s “Foremost Among Fifty” (1978), Southern Colorado Press Club’s Mel Harmon Community Award, and Parkview Medical Center Foundation’s Starlight Gala Honoree. Tom Farley was also listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Business and Finance, and Who’s Who in the World. He loved his travels around the world including favorite trips to Portugal, Prague, India and Turkey. He was disappointed not to be able to visit Iran, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon because of his illness this spring. Tom Farley was most proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments: Fr. John B. Farley, Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Grand Junction; Michael M. Farley, Director of Budgets at Colorado State University-Pueblo; Mike’s wife, Stella, a dental hygienist; Kelly K. Farley, Security Guard; Anne M. Farley, certified Occupational Therapist Assistant and Licensed Massage Therapist; and Anne’s companion, Jack, an office manager at DGI Supply Co. His oldest granddaughter, Maria, will be attending Santa Clara University in California in the fall. Grandchildren, Isabella and Thomas attend Heritage High School in Littleton, Colo. Tom established scholarships at Pueblo Community College in honor of his daughters and daughter-in-law. When asked about his greatest lifetime achievements, Tom would often talk about being appointed by former Bishop Charles A. Buswell to the Christian Unity Commission which organized the first ecumenical Mass with the Colorado Episcopal Diocese Bishop Minnick. In post-Vatican II times, Tom took great pleasure in hosting many activist church leaders in his home such as the Fr. Charles Davis, Fr. Daniel Barrigan, Fr. Phillip Barrigan, and prominent nuns during those turbulent times. He also traveled to El Salvador where he visited with activists from Santa Clara after the deaths of Archbishop Romero, several Jesuits and a group of Catholic Nuns. He helped establish the Nancy Crafton Farm Worker/Migrant Worker Endowment Fund at the Southern Colorado Community Foundation. During the last decade of his life, he worked closely with Chief Judge Dennis Maes and Magistrate Rebecca Moss to create a successful Truancy Court program to help keep youth in school. As Chair of the Colorado Wildlife Commission, 1975-1979, he spearheaded a drive to reintroduce moose to Colorado. Today, there are an estimated 1, 000 moose in the state. As a proponent for the Frying Pan-Arkansas water project, Tom recognized the value and importance of water to this region. He loved artistic water fountains and felt they were important focal points for public buildings and

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