The death of Joe Fahy

Dateline: Fri 26 Dec 2008

Here is the email sent Tuesday by former Star and News reporter Kevin Corcoran re: Joseph Fahy's death Monday in Pittsburgh. Joe, as you all know, was the consummate journalist: compassionate, smart, hard-working, well-sourced, tireless. He also happened to be an excellent human being who earned the respect and love of all those who knew him.

"Friends of Joe,

As some of you already know, Joe Fahy died about 2:30 p.m. yesterday in Pittsburgh in the company of his sons. Joe had accepted death a week ago, had made a few final calls and had asked to be removed from the ventilator that was keeping him alive. The end for him was peaceful and painless.

"I want to thank those of you who sent thoughtful notes earlier today. I would have responded sooner, but I had to wrap up work on a draft of the obit we hope to publish in The Star. Still playing around with it.

"The consummate journalist, Joe began working on his own obit, so this will be a co-production with Joe. I appreciate the help I received from Kevin Morgan and Mike Jesse in arranging access to The Star's library and newsroom so I could do some reporting.

"Thanks as well to Ed Feigenbaum for sending along David Shribman's comments to the Post-Gazette newsroom, some of which will be excerpted in the marvelous obit that Joe's colleague, Dennis Roddy, has been working on. I'll post that on Facebook tomorrow, for those of you who've been following developments there.

"I have no word yet on final arrangements in Indiana. There will be a visitation and memorial service Friday in Pittsburgh. Joe's son, John, told me early this morning that nothing's likely to happen until Monday or Tuesday in Indy, because Joe's body will have to be flown in from Pennsylvania.

Please keep Joe's family in your thoughts and prayers. Some of you have asked for family contact information. Please send condolences to his son, John Fahy, who will share them with his brother and sister:

John Fahy

136 New Holland Village

Nanuet, NY 10954

I really wish the outcome had been different, but I know firsthand that Joe deeply appreciated the support.



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