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Francis W. Farrel

July 10, 2021

Francis W. FarrelFrancis W. Farrell, 96, Clayton passed away Saturday morning, July 10, 2021, at Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown.

Francis was born in Clayton July 5, 1925, son of Marshall E. "Brick" and Ruth McKinley Farrell and he graduated from Clayton High School, where he was Class President his senior year.

On September 4, 1943 he entered the US Navy. Francis received the American Theater, Asiatic Pacific Theater, and Victory Medals and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He was honorably discharged as a Storekeeper First Class on June 12, 1946.

He worked for his father at M. E. Farrell & Son, a plumbing and heating company, started his own business, Farrell's Heating Oils, was a manager at Hanna Fuels, and retired from Bernier & Carr as a Clerk of the Works. Francis was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and lector. He enjoyed running, working out, and kayaking.

He is survived by his seven children, Eileen Farrell, Cape Vincent, Brian Farrell, VT, Dan Farrell, IN, Patrick Farrell, W. Byrne, Neale and Mary Farrell, Cape Vincent, Michael and Dana Farrell, Pawling, and Tara and John Donohue, Canandaigua; five grandchildren, Meghan and Zak Sharif, Jonathan and Brennen Farrell, and Siobhan and Ciara Donohue; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Francis was predeceased by his wife, Claire M. Farrell, (née Green), November 30, 2017; daughter-in-law Sue Farrell; son-in-law Sylvester Zienkeiwicz; and sister and brother-in-law Ruth E. "Betty" and Donald I. Turcott.

The family will receive friends at Neale and Mary Farrell's home, 32519 Co. Rt. 6 (Tibbetts Point Rd.), Cape Vincent Tuesday, July 13, from 6 - 8 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 14, at 11 AM at St. Mary's Church with Fr. Arthur J. LaBaff presiding followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to Francis' family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to T.I.E.R.S., P.O. Box 524, Clayton, NY 13624.


#21 Denise Kraemer 2022-03-18 22:34
Such a sweet man. I am so sorry. Thank you Francis
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#20 Cathy Munger 2021-07-18 19:18
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. The last of that great generation from the Guffins Bay shoreline to join the Angels.
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#19 Peter M. Messina 2021-07-18 14:34
It was always a pleasure running into Frances on my way to see my mom Vita at the Summit.... Frances will surely be missed by many .
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#18 Gina Currie 2021-07-15 16:31
Francis was the clerk of the works at the school district in which I work. He was a wonderful man. Always a gentleman, polite, kind and funny. I was also told on many occasions he had the best wife in the world. My condolences to his family. May your hearts always be warmed by his memories. RIP and Godspeed Francis.
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#17 Celeste KLine 2021-07-13 10:36
so sorry for your loss. Going to miss seeing Francis at SSV. he was the so sweet Rest In Peace Francis
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#16 Richard F. Kelly 2021-07-13 09:14
Francis was very much a gentleman. He served as a project manager for Bernier Carr and Associates on a school project in southern New York State where I served as Supt of Schools.
Enjoyed our working relationship which carried on through both our retirements.
He was loved by all in our community.
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#15 Shawnna creedon 2021-07-12 20:31
Francis will be missed very much. I got the privilege of knowing and caring for him while I worked at summit…you could always find him somewhere with a cup of coffee in hand or he was in his way to get more…he was such a sweet man and will be missed. RIP FRANCIS…prayers to all who knew him
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#14 Cary and Janet Brick 2021-07-12 17:51
Francis was a fine gentleman. We enjoyed being with him and always enjoyed talking with him and learning about Clayton's past, its businesses, people and his thoughts about the modern Clayton. He has already become a legend in the business communities
along the St, Lawrence River. It us a privilege to have known him. RIP. Cary & Janet Brick
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#13 Jackie Tunstall 2021-07-12 17:05
What can I say about about Francis? I worked with him for a short time at Bernie's Carr, he would call the office and get laughing about something out of the ordinary. He was truly a very special, caring man. We need more people just like him.
To his children, you had a one of a kind Father.
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#12 Lawrence Coburn 2021-07-12 12:55
Farewell Sir Francis... you were indeed a memorable character and a friend to all... We'll see you on the heavenly dance floor when its our time to arrive.
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