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JAMES F. "BUCKO" FARRAGHER


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JAMES F. "BUCKO" FARRAGHER Obituary
FARRAGHER, James F. Bucko 90, of Clinton who served his country in World War II, his town as a long-time mailman and volunteer firefighter, and his large family all his life, died late Wednesday, February 19, 2014. A man of a deep and quiet faith, Mr. Farragher died peacefully surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was born in Clinton on April 25, 1923, to the late Matthew and Ellen (Kerrigan) Farragher, both of Ireland, and attended Clinton High School, graduating in 1940. He served in the Army during World War II, spending most of his wartime years as a sergeant in New Guinea in the Pacific Theater. After the war, Mr. Farragher began a long career with the US Post Office, spending many years delivering the mail on Burditt Hill. He married Mary Dolores Durkin on Oct. 20, 1951, and together they raised a large family on Pearl Street, where he took several second jobs to support his nine children. He worked as a school custodian, a grocery store clerk, a factory foreperson, and later in life served as the Clinton town constable. He chauffeured his children, umpired their ballgames, and became familiar with the loan office at the Clinton Savings Bank to help put them through college. Mostly he taught by example, and was a dedicated long-time parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Church, where he once served on its parish council and, with his wife, attended weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Besides his wife, he leaves eight children: Mary Pat Garrity and her husband, Joe, of Clinton; James M. Farragher and his wife, Karen, of Shrewsbury; Tom Farragher and his wife, Joan, of Scituate; Joe Farragher and his wife, Katherine, of Lancaster; Ellen Cadoret and her husband, Earle, of Clinton; Carol Haley and her husband, Kevin, of Clinton; Joyce Kopacz and her husband, Rob, of North Grosvenordale, Conn., and David Farragher and his wife, Maria, of Upton. His son Stephen John Farragher predeceased him in 1963. He also leaves a sister, Anna Farragher of the Sisters of the Presentation of Leominster. Mr. Farragher also leaves 18 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. His brother, Matthew Farragher and his sisters, Rita Camara and Ella Farragher, all of Clinton, predeceased him. Funeral services are to be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from the Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., Clinton, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton. Burial will follow in St. Johns Cemetery, Lancaster. Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 5 until 8PM in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of James F. Farragher to: St. John the Evangelist Church-Restoration Fund, c/o 149 Chestnut St., Clinton, MA 01510. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com
Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 21, 2014
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