John Desmond Farrelly

June 15, 1932 - November 27, 2014

John Desmond Farrelly

June 15, 1932 - November 27, 2014


We are saddened to announce the passing of John Desmond Farrelly of Ferndale, Washington, USA in the early hours of Thursday 27th November, 2014.

Predeceased by his father Moran, mother Gwen and sisters Maureen and Ruth, John was born on 15th June, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Moving westward in 1946, John grew up in Vancouver, where he eventually met and married the love of his life and his reason for being, his best friend and beloved wife of 57 years, Betty, by whom he is survived.

John is also survived by his daughter Kathleen (Stephen), grandchildren, Edward & Amelia (Jonathan)and his two sons, Jon (Gail) and Thomas.

John, a steam engineer, began his long and successful career in the pulp and paper industry in 1952, working for Crown Zellerbach in Ocean Falls, BC, Canada. Moving with his family to Kamloops, BC in 1965 to work for Weyerhaeuser Canada, he transferred to Weyerhaeuser, Longview, WA in 1969. John retired as Superintendent of Power & Recovery, Weyerhaeuser, Longview, in 1993.

John was a life long scholar and there wasn’t much he didn’t know something about, especially when it came to one of his favorite subjects: US Civil War history. He became a proud American citizen in 1977.

Dad/John had a major heart attack at the age of 61, but he bounced back and worked hard to keep fit. He survived and overcame a triple bypass and two heart valve replacements and fought congestive heart failure for many years.

The fight is done and now you may rest dear Dad/John, we will always miss you.

Góða nótt Daddy, sláinte . Enjoy exploring the universe.

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