Obituary of Brigid M. Fahy
Obituary for “Brid” Brigid Fahy (wake on Thursday June 3rd, 2021)
“Brid” Brigid Fahy (nee O’Dwyer), was born in 1934 in Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick, Ireland to Michael-John O’Dwyer, a driver for CIE (Irish Transport System) and Josephine O’Dwyer (nee Maher), a schoolteacher. Brid has a younger sister Mary (Hehir), a younger brother Johnny and a youngest sister Joanne (Fahey).
Brid was a diligent and conscientious student, who, as a teenager, decided to enter the convent. This life choice led her to America and the West Coast, where she became an elementary school teacher in Washington State and California. Brid loved teaching and often spoke glowingly of her students.
Brid later left the convent and spent time in Ireland and Scotland before returning to America, this time to New York. In New York, Brid met the love of her life, Michael Fahy, of New Quay, the Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland. They met on the dancefloor of the Jaeger House. They married in 1974 at St. John’s Church and resided in the Bronx. Brid was very close with her sister, Mary,and Mary’s two young daughters, Mary Beth and Carolyn, who moved nearby. She was a beloved great-aunt to Mary Beth’s children, Matthew King and Katelyn Slevin, and beloved aunt to numerous nieces and nephews in Ireland and England.
Brid had one exception from her life’s profession as a schoolteacher. From 1973 to 1977, she worked as an office manager in the Midtown Manhattan office of the Irish Echo Newspaper. It was a position she’d always recall fondly. Brid taught in New York City at St. Elizabeth School (Washington Heights, 1969-1972), St. Anthony School (Bronx NY, 1977-84), St. Jude (Inwood, 1984-85), and Good Shepherd (Inwood, 1985 – to retirementc. 1997). She taught mainly 2nd and 3rd grades.
In 1991, Brid and Mike left the city life of Kingsbridge, the Bronx for the suburban life of Pearl River, Rockland County, NY, Brid’s permanent residence for the remainder of her life. Brid was a devoted parishioner of St. John’s Parish in Kingsbridge,while living in the Bronx, and St. Margaret’s of Antioch, upon moving to Pearl River.
Brid regularly spent summers with Mike in his hometown in the Burren, Co. Clare and traveled widely with her sister, Mary, to places such as Hawaii, Italy, Germany, Nova Scotia and France. Brid loved animals, especially her cats Sibby, Jenny and Darby. She appreciated life’s simple pleasures including flowers, birds, Broadway plays and dining out. Brid is fondly remembered by manyas an always pleasant and gentle person, kind to all. Brid lived a good and a long life, passing away on May 28th 2021 at the age of 86. We are sad to see Brid go but know she is in God’s Eternal Rest and look forward to the day we meet again.