William T. Farry Nov. 28, 1921 - June 8, 2011 Resident of Concord William passed away peacefully at home in Concord, CA. He leaves his beloved wife of 60 years, Evelyn, and his loving family, son Douglas (Stephanie) and granddaughters Jordan and Jace, daughter Catherine Susan and son Michael (Lois) and granddaughters Heather and Robin. He is also survived by sister-in-law Mary Dolores Shaw. Bill was born in Coalinga, CA to Irma T. and William B. Farry. The family moved to Maricopa where he played clarinet in the high school band and marched in two Tournament of Roses Parades. He graduated from CAL Berkeley in 1943, served in the Army as First Aid and litter bearer with the 8th Armored Division, taking part in three battles: Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge). After discharge Bill joined the ROTC and served in the National Guard and Reserves for 33 years, retiring from the military as a Bird Colonel. He also retired from the Federal Civil Service as an Executive Officer. Aside from his family, Bill listed some of the highlights of his life as being a semi-finalist for a part in Our Gang, surviving a train wreck, crossing the country in a Model T, attending the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, playing in the band at the San Diego and San Francisco World's Fairs, being commissioned a second Lt. by President Harry Truman in June 1949, attending Oxford University and earning his parachute badge. After retirement in 1988, Bill spent time with his family including travel and many trips to the family's Tahoe cabin. He enjoyed bowling, bocce and volleyball and his membership in SIRS, and was always ready to go "eat some beans." As a proud veteran, he faithfully attended the annual reunions of the 8th Armored Division, his service having been a defining part of his life. Burial services will be on Friday, July 1 at ll:30 a.m., Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Cambridge Development Center, Concord, CA, UC Berkeley Alumni or the Disabled American Vets.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on June 22, 2011