Obituary: Mary Fahey

Mary Elizabeth Brine Fahey, a 35-year resident of Rye, died peacefully on Thursday, April 3, after a yearlong struggle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Her beloved husband of 55 years, Robert Joseph Fahey, passed away last April.

Mary Fahey

Mary Fahey

Fahey was a loving and loyal spouse, mother, daughter, sister, friend and volunteer. She was a wonderful cook, gardener and seamstress. Her Sunday, holiday and birthday dinners for family and friends were well-prepared, beautifully presented and always served hot with a welcoming smile.

Fahey belonged to the Little Garden Club of Rye and enjoyed planting and making colorful flower centerpieces. Her hand-sewn curtains can be found in all of her children’s homes.

Fahey had an eye for detail and appreciation for residential real estate. She worked with the Corcoran Group in New York for nine years, first partnering with her sister, Barbara Brine, then working independently. In 1988, she won the firm’s award for best-selling broker of the year.

A lifelong Roman Catholic and daily communicant, Fahey was also an active volunteer, belonging to TWIG, POTS and other organizations. As Dame and Knight of Malta, she and Bob served communion to those suffering from AIDS in New York City.

She enjoyed bridge and played competitively with her friends until she became ill.

Fahey was born on Aug. 5, 1932, to William Henry Brine and Marianne Healy Brine, and grew up in Newton, Mass. After marrying in 1957, Bob and Mary Fahey moved to Belmont, Mass. For a time, they also owned a home in Prout’s Neck, Maine and enjoyed cruising in Saco Bay and the surrounding waters. In 1978, they moved their family to Rye and soon joined the American Yacht Club.

Fahey is mourned by her five children and in-laws: Michelle and Bill Ganon of La Jolla, Calif.; Christopher Fahey of Rye; Timothy and Eileen Fahey of Guilford, Conn.; Matthew and Missie Fahey of Rye and Constance and Christopher Dingle of Toronto. She also leaves 12 grandchildren: Meredith, Carolyn and
Robert Benjamin Ganon; Michael and Brendan Fahey; George Fahey; Quinn, Peter and Harry Fahey; Cordelia, Conrad and Charles Dingle.

She is survived by four siblings and their spouses: William and Ann Brine of Hanover, N.H.; Barbara Brine of Rye; Peter and Karen Brine of Hanover, N.H.; Jack and Christina Largay of Centerville, Mass. She was predeceased by her brothers Christopher and Benedict Brine.

A wake was held at the Graham Funeral Home in Rye on Sunday, April 6. A mass of Christian burial was held at Rye’s Church of the Resurrection on Monday, April 7.

In accordance with her wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fahey’s memory to the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Multidisciplinary Care Center located at Columbia University Medical Center, Office of Development, 100 Haven Ave., Suite 29D, New York, N.Y. 10032.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to hospice and Fahey’s caregivers during her last several months, especially Margaret Ramtahal and Paulette Blue. They also want to acknowledge Wendy Seaver and Marion Glennon, who graciously brought the Holy Eucharist to Fahey for the past several months. (Submitted)