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James Edward Feehery, Jr. (Jef)
Jef’s nick name came from his initials. He was known for his fierce devotion to family, his deep love of country, his strong faith, his work ethic, and his loyalty to many relatives and friends.
After a 5-year valiant fight against Multiple Myeloma, Jef, 78, peacefully passed away at his home in West Chester, PA on February 2, 2024 surrounded by his loving family.
Jef was the son of James E. Feehery, Sr. and Jeanne (nee Hilly) Feehery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Richard and Joseph (Rita, Christine), sister Jane Daher (Mitch), brothers-in-law Pat Duffy (Joanne) and Ron Pollock (Eileen), nephew Sean Lutz and niece Mary Meyers Pandolfo.
He is survived by his sister Joanne (Pat), brother Jack (Patricia), his sister Marie (Mike Sr.), and his sister Eileen. Jef is also survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathleen, loving sons Christopher (Debbie) and Patrick (Stacy), and by his five grandchildren, Coulter, Roosevelt, Asher, Emma, and John to whom he is affectionately known as "Pompey.” He is also survived by a great number of nieces and nephews who greatly admired him.
Jef attended St. Louis Elementary School in Yeadon, PA with his seven siblings. He graduated from Msgr. Bonner High School in 1963, where he was a member of the 1963 National Catholic Championship Swim Team. In 2016, Jef was inducted into the Msgr. Bonner High School Hall of Fame for outstanding freestyle swimming. He went on to earn a BS degree from LaSalle University and an MBA from Widener University.
After the death of his brother, Richard (20) in Vietnam, Jef enlisted into the U. S. Marine Corps, attending Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Quantico, Virginia. As a Second Lieutenant he was deployed to the DMZ in Vietnam, and later was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC for 12 months. During his time at Camp Lejeune, Jef attended Navy SCUBA school where he excelled and graduated first in his class of 65 swimmers.
Upon leaving the military, Jef worked briefly for EMS Tax Accountants awaiting a billet into the FBI. On September 11, 1972, Jef was sworn into the FBI as a Special Agent. While in training, Jef met the love of his life, Kathleen Meyers Feehery. Jef and Kathy met the day they were sworn into the FBI, married 14 weeks later on December 16, 1972 and both graduated from training on December 20, 1972. They hold the distinction of being the "First Married Couple" in FBI history.
Both Jef and Kathy were sent to the Pittsburgh Division of the FBI. Jef worked general criminal work, fugitive squad, bank robberies, and organized crime. In 1976 Jef was transferred to the Philadelphia Division of the FBI where he spent most of his 25-year career in the Newtown Square Resident Agency.
During his tenure as an Agent, Jef's investigations led him to Spain, the Bahamas, England, Scotland, and various cities in the US. Jef was the first Special Agent to assist London's Serious Fraud Office, where he worked for six months. In 1997, Jef retired from the FBI and worked for two years for NFC (National Fraud Center.) In 1999, with friends Tom Cloud and David Richter, Jef started his own investigation firm, Cloud, Feehery and Richter, in West Chester. In 2014, Jef retired from CFR and spent his newfound free time golfing, traveling, and enjoying quality time with Kathy and his family.
Jef was a devout Catholic. He lived a duty-driven life and practiced the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity. He willingly and openly shared his deep faith with his sons and their families. Jef was driven to expect that "Right" always wins and encouraged family and friends that "Good" will prevail in the end. Jef was known to give of himself. He guided his immediate family and many friends throughout their darkest hours, assisting them both personally and financially. As a father figure to two foreign students, Jef was the ideal role model.
Jef gave of himself throughout his life. He was President of St. Agnes CYO, a baseball and soccer coach, Salvation Army volunteer, and an Adult Altar Server with his sons at St. Agnes. He was a proud grandparent and enjoyed attending baseball and soccer games and climbing events. He taught his sons how to swim, his grandsons how to play chess, and loved throwing a ball whenever the opportunity arose. Some of Jef's fondest family memories were made at Ocean City and Stone Harbor, NJ where he had a tradition of breakfast on the beach with Kathy, consisting of donuts and tea.
Lastly, his loyalty extended to his beloved Philadelphia teams the Eagles and the Phillies. GO BIRDS!
Relatives and friends are invited to his visitations on Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 410 North Church Street West Chester, PA 19380, and on Friday, February 9, 2024 from 9:30 am - 10:45 am at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church; 15 East Pleasant Grove Rd West Chester, PA 19382; followed by his Funeral Service at 11:00 am
Interment will be in Birmingham Lafayette Cemetery West Chester PA.
Contributions may be made in Jef’s memory to
233 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380
(Founders of the Wall)
C/O 3033 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201