Charles Francis Farley Christopher Clinton, 82, fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at Skyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Luray, Virginia.
“Farley”, as he was always known– both to family and friends and as a professional writer– was born on December 1, 1937, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Thomas Green and Mary Farley Clinton. After attending LaSalle High School (Christian Brothers), he studied at Rockhurst College (Jesuits), graduating with a B.S. in 1958. In that year, Farley’s career as a journalist began when he started work as an editor for the Kansas City Star. Later, he pursued post-graduate studies in philosophy at Washington University in St. Louise and the University of San Francisco.
In 1964 William F. Buckley Jr., hired Farley to write for National Review. In 1966 he left NR to take up the position of Assistant Editor of L. rend Bozell’s newly founded magazine, Triumph. The following year he was sent to Rome as the magazine’s foreign correspondent. From 1971 to 1983, Farley was Domestic, Foreign, and contributing correspondent to the weekly Catholic newspaper, The Wanderer. From 1976 to 1985 he was a writer for Santa Fe Communications in Los Angeles and from 1985 to 1986, Foreign Correspondent in Rome for Trinity Communications.
In the 1990’s Farley returned to Rome and spend a number of years there as a correspondent for The Wanderer also writing Inside the Vatican, after which he retired to Front Royal, Virginia, where he had friends. The death of Farley’s sister, Marcia Mitchell a few years earlier had left Farley entirely without Family. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on May 11, 2020, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Washington, Virginia, with burial in the church cemetery.
Farley will be remembered by those many who knew and loved him for his char and wit, his explosive laugh, and his delightful, if sometimes exasperating, eccentricities.