Irving A. FarrarDecember 09,2013
In Memory of Irving Arthur Farrar
BARRE — Irving Arthur Farrar, 83, of Barre, Vt., passed away peacefully on August 30, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt.
The memorial service was held in Wilson Cemetery in Barre, Vt., on November 9, 2013, at noon, presided over by Larry Pryor and Bruce Judd of Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home. Following was a celebration of Irv’s life held at the Quarry Restaurant in Barre. Family and friends attended, including daughters Nancy Jean Farrar-Coughlin and husband Rich Coughlin, Elizabeth Ann Thompson, husband Shannon Thompson and son Jake Cimbak, Susan Farrar and Paul Wong and children Keen Wong and Mae-Yan Wong, former wife Rose Black Farrar of Barre, Vt., (currently residing in Sammamish, Wash.), cousin Bill Brigham and Diane Brigham of Randoph, Vt., Calef and Gloria Heininger and daughter Judy of Burlington, Vt., Dorothy Black and Betty Reid of Barre, Vt., Marty Jacobs, Judy Beaulac and Sue Duke of Hinesburg, Vt., and Gail and Greg Nolin of Berlin, N.H.
Irving was born on October 2, 1929, in Barre, Vt. He was the only child of Beulah Bates and Arthur Benjamin Farrar of 18 Sheridan St. Irv graduated from Spaulding High School in 1947 and after earning his B.A. at Middlebury College, went on to earn his MBA in 1955 at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and accepted his first job in budgeting with Lukens Steel in Pennsylvania. Irv raised his three daughters with his former wife, Rose Black, residing at 5 Concord Road, Westford, Mass., from 1959 to 1974. He spent the majority of his career working for Raytheon. He furthered his education in the Raytheon Advanced Management Program. He worked for the Lowell plant, from the missile systems division to corporate as they purchased the microwave and power tube division of Westinghouse, to financial planning of new products and growing the medical electronics operation in Waltham, Mass. After his years living in Massachusetts, he went on to head accounting and finance positions in the northern New England paper and wood industry. In retirement, he resided in Arkansas, West Virginia and Washington, and just in January 2013, made his last move back to his home and most beloved state, Vermont.
Irving enjoyed sports, especially skiing and golf. He also enjoyed music and played the piano, clarinet and saxophone. Irv was a Mason, as was his father and grandfathers before him. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany, with an honorable discharge in 1953. Irv loved to travel, especially to England, where he visited the UK at least 15 different times. Irv was known for his acute mind, his love of life and relaxed ways and will be remembered with love always by his family: daughters Nancy Jean Farrar-Coughlin of Kirkland, Wash., Elizabeth Ann Thompson of Potomac Falls, Va., and Susan Leslie Farrar of Sammamish, Wash.; and his five grandchildren, Justin J. Cimbak, Joshua M. Cimbak, Jake S. Cimbak, all members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Mae-Yan and Keen Farrar Wong.MORE IN Obituaries
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