Daniel (Danny) Anthony McFeely
May 18, 1926 - July 13, 2021
Danny completed his earthly journey, surrounded by family, on the morning of July 13, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona. Danny fought an extended battle with cancer, never giving in and remaining strong until the end.
Danny was born to John Joseph and Margaret McFeely on May 18, 1926, in a farmhouse located in the townland of Ballyholly, County Derry, Ireland. Danny was the eldest of seven children, with three brothers and three sisters. Danny spent part of his youth in the nearby townland of Ballyarton, living for a time with his Aunt Mary Jane Grant, who was very dear to him.
Danny is survived by the love of his life, Leonia, with whom he spent what Danny would agree were the best 57 years of his life. Danny leaves behind three sons: Daniel, Eugene, and Patrick, and their wives Patricia, Alexandra, and Dana, who loved their father dearly. Danny was blessed with six grandchildren: Dennis, Megan, Maeve, Daniel, Owen, and Ryan, all of whom at one time or another enjoyed his "Irish humor." His family was the one thing of which Danny was most proud and held most dearly.
Danny immigrated to the United States in 1953, settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he would later meet his wife Leonia and become a U.S. citizen. Before coming to the United States, Danny managed the family pub, McFeely's Bar, formerly located on the main road between Dungiven and Claudy, just below Ballyholly. In 1956, Danny began a 27-year career with Trans World Airlines, spending the last seven years on assignment for TWA in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as the Jeddah-based manager of customer relations for Saudi Arabian Airlines. After retiring from TWA in 1983, Danny returned to his home in Ireland and spent the next seven years raising sheep on the family farm in Ballyarton. Danny spent many long days (and nights) working the land and "looking the sheep," aided by his cousin and good friend Anthony Grant, and his brother Dick. After having enough of the cold and the rain, and one lambing season too many, Danny and Leonia moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1991. Danny lived in Phoenix for the remainder of his life.
Danny lived a full life of 95+ years, full of love and laughter. Danny joins his parents, his Aunt Mary Jane, as well as his sisters Mary O'Neill and Gertie McCloskey, and his brother Dick, in the loving arms of the Lord. Danny is survived by his sister Patricia Flanagan, and his brothers Henry (Laurie) and John, and their wives Sheila and Marianne.
The McFeely family will hold a wake at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary, 6500 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale from 5 pm - 8 pm on Sunday, July 25, 2021. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11001 N. 40th Street, Phoenix at 11 am on Monday, July 26, 2021, with a reception to follow at the Parish Hall. A burial service will be held at 9 am on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, 23015 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.
Danny's family thanks Hospice of the Valley for helping them allow Danny to spend his final days in the manner he wished, and is especially thankful to Millie, Maggie, Alison, and Griselda for the outstanding care and support they provided. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley (www.hov.org/donate).