Joseph F. Brophy, 86, of Old Forge, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Sunset Nursing Home in Boonville.
He was born on January 6, 1926 in Rochester, NY, a son of the late Martin and Margaret Brophy. He graduated from Aquinas High School in Rochester and enlisted in the US Army, serving in Germany during WWII.
After graduating from the University of Rochester, he married Joan Stutz in 1952 and they had six children who were the light of his life.
He worked at Utica Mutual Insurance Company for several years and then at Eastman Kodak Company for 36 years until his retirement in 1986.
He and Joan then moved to Old Forge permanently after having had a vacation home there for many years.
Joseph enjoyed his life as a husband and father, was a champion bowler on a Kodak team, played the saxophone and flute, sang in the Holy Cross Church and St. Bartholomew Church choirs, was a Eucharistic minister at both churches, loved sports and to laugh with his lifelong friends, and was a self-taught carpenter, plumber and electrician.
He was a member of the Old Forge American Legion and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Joan Stutz Brophy, three sons and three daughters and their spouses: John and Sue Brophy of Webster; Mary (Brophy-) and Robert Moore of Old Forge; Paul and Diane Brophy of Rush; Joseph Brophy and Amy Bianchi of Rochester; Margaret and Charles LaPree of Royersford, PA; and Anne and Ken Defilipps of Old Forge; eleven grandchildren: Betthany (Randy) Wharton of Schenectady; Matthew Brophy of Rochester; Aron Brophy of Montgomery Center, VT; Sara Moore of Boonville; Michael and Emily Brophy of Rochester; Katie Brophy, Caroline and Megan DeFilipps all of Old Forge; Joseph and Sean LaPree of Royersford, PA; three great-grandchildren: Dylan, Ryan and Vivian Wharton of Schenectady; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his grandson, Peter Brophy; his brother, Martin Brophy; and his sister, Mary Foley.
Calling hours will be on Friday, March 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 128 Fern Ave., Old Forge.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Old Forge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Home Aide Service of the Central Adiron-dacks (HASCA), P.O. Box 25, Old Forge, NY 13420.
For online expressions of sympathy go to: www.dfwefh.com.