Published in Syracuse
Post Standard on January 9, 2010
Richard William Farrell,
91, of Liverpool (formerly of Norfolk, NY), died January 8 at Crouse Hospital.
He was born March 20, 1918, the third of five children of Patrick and
Julia Farrell in Johnstown, NY.
He graduated from Clarkson College and St. Lawrence University. He was
a tremendous athlete, playing college and minor league baseball, football
and basketball before the war.
He joined the Army Air Force in 1941, where he served as a bombardier/
navigator, rising to the rank of lieutenant. He married Frances Oblak
December 7, 1944, raised three children and recently celebrated their
In the course of his working career, he served as an administrator in
several school districts throughout New York state, retiring as the principal
of Massena CHS. He also owned the Adirondack and Grantville tree farms.
He served his communities in many ways, including as a Rotarian, and was
a life member of the Elks. He was very active politically, serving in
various capacities, including chairman of the St. Lawrence County Democratic
In retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively, bringing back many
pictures and memories from around the world.
He is survived by his wife, Frances of Liverpool; his children, Kathleen
Farrell of Liverpool, Patrick (Susan) Farrell of Los Altos, CA, and Jim
(Christine) Farrell of Liverpool; three grandchildren, Sarah, Kate and
Patrick; as well as his brother, Robert. He was predeceased by his sisters,
Rita and Jean, and brother, Jack.
Calling hours will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2009, at Maurer
Funeral Home, 300 Second St., Liverpool, with a memorial service to follow
the calling hours. Interment will be in Liverpool Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff of 4 South at Crouse Hospital for
their thoughtful and caring help and support. The family also wishes to
thank the staff of Hospice of CNY, whose commitment to the patient and
family made the last few months of his life so much better than it would
have been otherwise.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice
of CNY, 990 Seventh North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088.
Maurer Funeral Home, Inc. www.maurerfuneralhome.com