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Donald T. Farrell, 61, of Hollis, NH, loving husband and devoted father, passed away peacefully after a battle with pancreatic cancer on November 21, 2015. Don was surrounded by family in his favorite place, Barnard, VT. He was born in 1954 in Newton, MA and is survived by his wife of 43 years, Maureen Farrell, and his son, Christopher Farrell and wife Erin Harleman of Watertown, MA. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: David Farrell of Lowell, MA; Debra Landry and husband Leo of Chelmsford, MA; Marybeth (Betsy) Comeau of Ipswich, MA; Diane (Dee) Ouellette and husband Brian of Lowell, MA; and Daniel Farrell and wife Ellen of Tewksbury, MA. Don also leaves his uncles Donald Reilly and wife Georgia of Vienna, VA, and John Reilly and wife Ruth of Auburndale, MA, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss Dons infectious smile. Don was predeceased by his parents, Arthur T. and Dorothy (Reilly) Farrell, of Chelmsford, MA.

Don met his wife in junior high school in Chelmsford, MA. They became fast friends, sharing a love for music and adventure. They married at age 19 and started their life together. Don was best friends with his son Chris, with whom he shared many interests, including their mutual love for music and technology. Chris and Erin are expecting a little girl in February 2016 and Don was excited to know he was going to be a grandfather. Don was a hard worker and went to school nights to earn his bachelors degree. His first computer job was at Wang Labs in Lowell, where he met many people who became life-long friends. He ended his career at Deloitte, where he was Manager of Analytics. Don loved life and was a gentle, happy soul. In 1989 Don and Maureen bought a second home on Silver Lake in Barnard, VT, where they enjoyed many happy times with family and friends gathering around their lake house. Dons easygoing attitude was infectious and he lived life to the fullest right up to the end. He said to a friend, Im just winging it, about his approach to life.

Don was interred in the family plot at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Chelmsford, MA on Sunday, November 29th. Following the interment was a Celebration of Life at the Lawrence Barn in Hollis, NH from 12 noon to 3 pm. Don’s family wants to thank the staff of Bayada Hospice Vermont for the excellent care and support that was provided during his final days. In lieu of flowers, Don has requested donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to fund research into this most deadly disease.


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