Beverly — Howard J. Farley Sr., 93, of Beverly, died peacefully Thursday November 1, 2012, at Beverly Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Lillian (Lynch) Farley for 65 years.
Born in Malden, Mass., on October 12, 1919, he was the son of the late Charles Arthur and Edith (Butler) Farley. After high school, he played baseball in the town leagues where he had been a top prospect, only to have his asthma get in the way. He joined the Civil Conservation Corps during the reconstruction and served in Vermont and Wyoming. Howard had battled asthma since the age of 19. After multiple attempts to enlist during WWII, having been turned down due to his asthma, he served his nation as a civilian driver for the Army based in Boston. After the war he joined General Electric at the River Works plant in Lynn Mass, where he worked as an inspector and later in the Standards department. After retirement, he was a part-time driver for LBK of Danvers, doing airport runs and driving special needs children. Howard and Lillian became “snow birds” wintering at the Village of Holiday Lake in Port Charlotte, Fla., for 20 years where they had many friends, before health issues prevented them from continuing. He was an avid golfer, playing for many years in the G.E. Golf league, and loved baseball, singing and dancing.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Howard Jr. and wife, Susan (Brown) of Beverly; Loren (Lori) and husband, Mark Lacy of Beverly; and Jeffrey Farley and Kathy Gallagher of Danvers; grandchildren Lisa (Farley) Boyd and husband, Timothy of Pittsfield, MA; Cheryl Farley and fiance Darragh Cosgrave of Beverly, Ryan Lacy of California and Lauren Lacy of Beverly; Sisters-in-law, Dorothy Farley of Wakefield and Mary Dupray of Ipswich; Olivia Wilkins of Marblehead and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was also 'grandpaw' to Brittney, Cocoa, Daisy Mae and Shelby.
Howard was predeceased by his sister Alice Dwelley, and brothers Charles Farley of Lynnfield, and Robert Farley of Wakefield.
ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial visitation will be held Sunday, November 11th, from 11 AM to 1 PM in the Campbell-Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly. A service in the funeral home will follow at 1 PM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to VNA Care Network and Hospice, 5 Federal Street, Danvers, MA 01923 and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. For information or to send a message of condolence please visit: www.campbellfuneral.com