Charles "Chuck" Patrick O'Farrell, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at home.
Funeral Mass: Noon Saturday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Fort Worth. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Greenwood.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Texas, the Fort Worth Opera, or Camp Fire First Texas.
Chuck was born in Elizabeth, N.J., to Emma and Thomas O'Farrell. Chuck graduated valedictorian from high school and earned his B.S. from St. Peter's College wherein he was accepted into The National Society of Scabbard and Blade. He was awarded his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from Rutgers University. During graduate school, Chuck married his childhood sweetheart, Rita Vandermeer.
Chuck served as captain of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps developing chemical warfare techniques during the Vietnam War. After completing his military obligation, Chuck worked for Exxon Chemical in Linden, N.J., as a research scientist and then in management in Houston. He later accepted a position as vice president of R&D for Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co. in Fort Worth until his retirement.
Chuck served as chairman of the board of Camp Fire First Texas as well as a member of the board of trustees of Mount Olivet Cemetery Association.
After retiring, Chuck became a master gardener. He was an avid reader and pet lover. His other hobbies included fishing, hunting, golf, skiing and travel.
His greatest pleasures were becoming a father to his daughter, Tara, and grandfather to his three grandchildren, Michael, Charlie and Rebecca.
The family wishes to thank Community Hospice of Texas for all the love and care they gave Chuck and family.
Survivors: Wife, Rita; daughter, Tara Nosich and her husband, Keith, of The Woodlands; grandchildren, Michael, Charlie and Rebecca; sisters, Bridget Palmer of Maine and Patricia Hoover and husband, Robert, of Florida; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of cherished friends.