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Joseph W Carfrey

May 15, 1946 — March 3, 2023

Huntingdon Valley


Joseph W. Carfrey, 76, of Huntingdon Valley, passed away on March 3, 2023. He was the beloved husband of Gloria J. Carfrey (nee Pickles). He is survived by his children Joseph Robert Carfrey (Michelle), and Jennifer Nicole Carfrey, his granddaughter Nora Lin Carfrey, his sister Nancy Smith, and his nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 10:30AM at John F. Murray Funeral Home 1220 Bethlehem Pike Flourtown, PA 19031. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.




My dad started his working days early in the morning. He would dress for work, and then whistle a tune to wake me and my brother up for school. The smell of black coffee and bacon would greet us at the breakfast table. 

While we groggily ate our food, he would kiss us behind a bristly mustache and go to work.


When he came home, dinner would be ready on the table. He would say grace and ask us about our day. After dinner, he liked to watch TV. Sports channels were always on, but we also liked to watch Full House together as a family. Then every night before bed, he would read a chapter of the bible.


On Saturdays, my brother and I would play outside. We would throw Tigger in the maple tree, and use bean bags to get Tigger down. Sometimes my dad would need to help us because Tigger was too stuck. 


In the summer, we enjoyed swimming in the pool. On the Fourth of July, we would have a picnic. Dad would cook on the grill, and we would have watermelon, which he would float inside of the pool to keep it cool. At night he would light fireworks with our Uncle John, and we would throw pop its, which snapped and made a lot of noise. My dad enjoyed the loud noises and favored louder fireworks.


We also liked going to the beach. Dad would relax with Aunt Nancy, and take us to the boardwalk. Then at night we would play mini golf and eat ice cream.


Sometimes we would also visit Poppop Carfrey, and watch the trains travel around the village in the train room. During my dad's younger years, he enjoyed hunting with his father and good friend Bob. He also loved dogs, but Ricky and Champ were his favorites. He told me he loved boxers and their personalities, but Champ was the best dog he had ever owned. 


Dad enjoyed playing sports. He coached my brother's baseball and basketball teams, and encouraged his players to win because he didn't like to lose. After coaching basketball games, we sometimes went to Joseph's Pizza.


Dad also encouraged me to ride horses and signed me up for lessons. Our favorite horse was named Duke. Dad enjoyed watching me improve each time we were at the farm.


Dad liked golf and going to Atlantic City. He and Poppop Pickles would celebrate their birthdays at the casino, and enjoy their birthday dinners together.


He was the cameraman for all of our special moments, and we will continue cherishing all the memories we made together.


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Friday, March 10, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

John F. Murray Funeral Home

1218 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031

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