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Celebrating the life of
Ruth Josephine Brophy Fahey
October 07, 1930 - December 26, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 2:00pm - Saturday, January 05, 2019
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • 222 East Harris Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31401

  • 912-233-4709
  • Private Interment

I am very sorry for your loss. I loved and admired Ruth. I enjoyed eating lunch with her at Savannah Commons. I have missed her since she moved but knew she was being cared for. Rest In Peace with our Lord.

Gail Thurman, Savannah, GA

A beautiful tribute for a beautiful life well lived. Thoughts are with the Brophy family at this time.

Sharon Lester Martin, Nl,

So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to the family

Janet Lester Power, ,

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. Amen. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Kristin and Chris, know that your family remains in my prayers.

Denise LeMay, Savannah, GA

Ruth J. Fahey, 88, died Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at home surrounded and her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law, Kristin Fahey and Christopher Thompson.

Ruth was predeceased by the love of her life and husband of 55 years, Philip J. Fahey, M.D.; her parents, James and Elizabeth Brophy; her three brothers, Basil Brophy (Lillian), Clifton Brophy (Charlotte), and Paul Brophy; her three sisters, Regina Riggs (Tom), Joan Carew (Danny), and Marie Gosse (Edmund, deceased).

In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Ruth is survived by her son, Philip Fahey (Dawn) and grandsons, Flynn and Lochlan Fahey, all of St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. Ruth is also survived by her sister, Geraldine Cowan (John, deceased) and her favorite sister, Doreen Lester (Charles); her brothers, Frank Brophy (Kay, deceased); Jim Brophy (Lorraine, deceased); Jack Brophy (Pauline) and Wayne Brophy (Theresa); numerous nieces and nephews, including her favorite niece, Cindy Eagan.

The eldest of 13 children, Ruth married Philip James Fahey, affectionally known as Bud, and sailed to join him in Dublin, Ireland while he was in medical school at the University College Dublin. After graduating from medical school in Ireland, Ruth and Bud traveled the United States as Dr. Fahey completed his residency programs. They resided in Louisville, KY and Orlando, FL before returning home to Newfoundland, where they lived for several years and Ruth worked as an X-Ray technician at the Air Force Base in Stephenville. Ruth and Bud moved to Connecticut and Indiana before settling in Jacksonville, FL where they stayed for more than 10 years.

While in Jacksonville, Ruth was an active volunteer in the community. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels as well as a respite care program through Hospice services. Ruth would sit with the sick and elderly often singing to them allowing their family members much needed breaks. Ruth was a member of St. Jude’s Circle at San Jose Catholic Church where she made lifelong friends with the women in her circle. Throughout the years they provided the community with numerous charitable acts including assisting a homeless family setup a household.

After Jacksonville, Ruth and Bud moved to Greensboro, NC where Dr. Fahey finally retired. In June, 1994, Ruth and Bud retired to Highland Fairways Golf Community in Lakeland, FL where they enjoyed golfing. In fact, Ruth shot a hole-in-one and still has the trophy to prove it! Ruth was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and “The Angels”, a women’s charitable group servicing the Lakeland community.

On Christmas Eve 2014, Ruth announced that she was would no longer be driving. Seven months later in July, 2015 Ruth moved into the independent living community of Savannah Commons where she made many new friends and spent her time playing bingo, visiting her new friends, attending the ice cream socials and happy hour, and of course clothes shopping whenever she could. In March, 2018, Ruth could no longer live independently and moved into her daughter and son-in-law’s home where she spent her remaining days lovingly cared for and doted upon.

Ruth’s family would like to thank her special friends at Savannah Commons: Janelle Rhett, Director of Resident Services for taking such a special interest in Ruth; Jonathan Fleishman, her social worker; and Doctors John H. Moore, Richard Bodziner, and Buffi Boyd; Also a special thanks to the Zeigler family and the staff of Medicap Pharmacy, Amedisys Home Health and Spanish Oaks Hospice for the outstanding medical care given to Ruth.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Ruth’s loving caretakers, Katherine Carver, BSN, Leilani Malave, CNA and Kurstie Ortiz-Janinda, CNA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 5, 2018 at Cathedral of the St. the Baptist with Reverend Daniel J. Firmin celebrating.

A private burial will be held at a later date in Serenity Gardens in Lakeland, FL.

A reception will be held immediately following the service at the Knights of Columbus #5588, 700 Christopher Drive, Savannah, GA 31406.

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I am very sorry for your loss. I loved and admired Ruth. I enjoyed eating lunch with her at Savannah Commons. I have missed her since she moved but knew she was being cared for. Rest In Peace with our Lord.

Gail Thurman, Savannah, GA

A beautiful tribute for a beautiful life well lived. Thoughts are with the Brophy family at this time.

Sharon Lester Martin, Nl,

So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to the family

Janet Lester Power, ,

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. Amen. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Kristin and Chris, know that your family remains in my prayers.

Denise LeMay, Savannah, GA


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