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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On June 22, 2021 @ 11:24 am In Obituary | 9 Comments

James Brophy

James Michael Roderick “Rory” Brophy, aged 81, of Phoenix and Mancos, Colorado, passed away peacefully at his home in Phoenix on June 16, 2021. Rory was the youngest of eight children of Frank Cullen Brophy and Sallie Blake Brophy.

Rory was born in La Jolla, California and attended St. Francis Catholic School in Phoenix, Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island, the University of Madrid, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and Thunderbird School of Global Management. He spent most of his life in Phoenix, working at the Arizona Bank, the Tiffany Construction Company, and then embarking on a varied career that included businesses ranging from the Fig Tree Restaurant and the iconic Monastery Bar in Phoenix to a host of diverse real estate projects in Arizona, California and Colorado.

Rory had a rich, interesting life. He studied abroad and travelled the world at a time when very few had those opportunities; he saw great things, discovered worthy causes and made lots of friends. A man of strong convictions, Rory lived on his own terms, successfully immersing himself in and surrounding himself with what he cherished most — family and friends, his Catholic faith, Arizona, books, ranching, his Irish heritage, Mancos, sports, and his beloved dogs. A lifelong athlete who was always ready for a bit of good cheer with family and friends, Rory was active and on his game right up to the end.

Rory is survived by his sister Kathleen; his wife Bridget; sons Parker, Patrick, Brian and Sean Paul; and grandchildren Anna, Blaine, Peyton, Emma, Sarah, Bart, Millie and Hugh. He was preceded in death by his sisters Patricia, Sallie (Goodman), Alice (McChesney), brothers Bill, Blake, and Frank Jr.

On Tuesday June 29, 2021, a visitation will be held at Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, from 5:00 – 6:30PM, followed by a Rosary at 6:30PM. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00PM at Brophy Chapel.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Montelores Catholic Community of South Western Colorado. (970) 565-7308 | 20 S Market St. Cortez, CO 81321
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Condolences for the family of “BROPHY, JAMES MICHAEL RODERICK “RORY””

Condolence from Amy Kelly on June 23rd, 2021 1:10 pm

Our Dear Brophy Family,

We are so saddened by the news. We are all here for you if you ever need a shoulder to cry on or an extra hand with anything.

Amy Kelly, Beau Kelly, Parker Walton, Ashley Walton, Hannah Walton

Condolence from Posey Nash on June 23rd, 2021 3:21 pm

Our condolences to the entire family. Hard to loose such a great guy. Vaya con Dios

Condolence from Amy Bailie on June 23rd, 2021 4:55 pm

Our family is thinking of you all and sending love and hugs your way. So very sorry to hear this sad news. XOXO Amy Bailie

Condolence from Pam Natoli on June 24th, 2021 12:24 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Bridget, Sean Paul and your family.
Pam and Domonic Natoli

Condolence from brojames on June 24th, 2021 1:00 pm

Bridget, I’m sending condolences and good vibes to you.

Brother James

Condolence from Dave and Flo Liniger on June 26th, 2021 1:21 pm

Sending you and your family lots of love and support at this time. We think of you often and are so sorry for your loss. We will not be in town for the memorial service and will miss it. Please know we are there in spirit!
All Our Love,
Dave and Flo Liniger

Condolence from Daniel and Jane Mahoney on June 30th, 2021 7:03 am

To our dearest sister Bridget, and Rory’s sons Parker, Patrick, Brian, and Sean Paul, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and father. With you, we celebrate Rory’s life and recognize that his greatest legacy lives on in all of you and all of us that had the privilege of having Rory in our lives.
Dan and Jane Mahoney

Condolence from Tracey inel on July 28th, 2021 11:53 am

Just heard my friend. I’m so glad our paths crossed and will miss the many conversations at the MIllwood Junction in Mancos. You’ll be missed by many. Thinking of your family that you talked so dearly and highly about. Take care, my friend. RIP!


Condolence from Diane Ballard on August 5th, 2021 8:55 am

Dearest Bridget and Rory’s sons Parker, Patrick, Brian and Sean Paul,

We have just learned of Rory’s passing and are truly saddened by your loss. Please know that we celebrate his life and love for you, and we know that he will always be remembered as a great husband and father to you all. We will always cherish our memories of him, and feel so very blessed to have shared the time that we had with him.

David, Diane and Bryce Ballard

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