John "Jack" Farrar, Jr., 92, of Hopedale, died on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Milford
Regional Medical Center following heart complications. He was married to his beloved wife,
Paula (Luisetti) Farrar, for 64 years. Jack was a proud lifelong resident of Hopedale. He
attended St. Mary's School in Milford and Hopedale Public Schools. Jack was employed at
Draper Corporation in Hopedale, General Motors in Framingham, and was President of
Farrar and Carty Trucking in Hopedale.
As a teenager, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II in the Atlantic
Theater. Jack also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He deployed to the
Republic of Korea with the 981st Field Artillery Battalion of the 41st Infantry Division. Jack
received an honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant First Class.
At the time of his death, Jack was an elected official in the Town of Hopedale | likely the
oldest currently serving elected official in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at 92 years
old. Jack enjoyed serving as a Road Commissioner for the Town of Hopedale for well over
30 years. Jack truly loved the Town of Hopedale.
He enjoyed spending time in Marco Island, FL, Myrtle Beach, SC, and, most of all, at his
beach house in Hills Beach, ME. He profoundly loved his family, gardening, the outdoors and
was an avid fan of both the Red Sox and Patriots.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Trisha (Farrar) Kay of Manchester, NH,
and Ellen (Farrar) Bishop and her husband Donald of Upton, as well as his son, John Jeffrey
Farrar of Canterbury, CT. He loved his seven grandchildren, Kyle, Lyndsey, James, Brady,
Angela, John Patrick, and Paula Ann, as well as his two great-grandchildren Kate and Rhys.
Jack was predeceased by his sister, Mary Brennan of Milford. He is survived by sisters, June
Ghelli of Heflin, LA and Fran Norton of Centerville, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Jack also leaves behind his best friends, Lenny Izzo and Bob DePonte.
Under the direction of the Edwards Funeral Home (www.edwardsmemorialfuneralhome.com),
Jack will be buried in Hopedale Village Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held at a
later date as a result of the current pandemic. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can
be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation.
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Brian Keyes - Hopedale Board of Selectmen
Good Evening Hopedale Residents.
As many of you might have learned, it is with a heavy heart that I
wanted to post a message on the passing of John "Jack" Farrar Jr.
this past weekend. Jack has been serving as a Road Commissioner
in the Town of Hopedale for over 30 years. He has been a long time
resident of Hopedale and deeply loved and respected. I offer, along
with the entire Town and Board of Selectmen, our deepest
condolences to his wife Paula, the entire family and all his friends. I
have asked all of our departments, along with the schools, parks and
organizations in town to lower our flags to half mast tomorrow in
honor of Jack.
Jack, we know how much you loved this Town and we love you
back. Thank you for your service to this country, the lengthy service
to the interests of our Town of Hopedale, but most importantly being
a great guy and a very special member to your family over the
course of your great and long life. Rest in Peace.