Bruce Farrelly (1919 - 2014)

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Farrelly, Bruce James

LAUREL, DE-Bruce James Farrelly, age 94, of Laurel, Delaware, passed away on March 16, 2014, at the Seaford Manor House. He was born in Hitchen, Hertfordshire, England on May 19, 1919, the son of James & Edith Farrelly.

In 1924, Bruce and his family moved to Cuba where his mother's family lived. After two years they moved to Rhode Island and then to Girdletree, Maryland, in 1933. He graduated from Snow Hill High School in 1935 at the age of 15. He worked at DuPont before starting his own plumbing and heating business in Laurel in 1945. He was an accomplished craftsman and writer, publishing a book in 2005 entitled "Reminiscing: Girdletree Hill" which told many stories of his growing up during the Depression. After retirement, he enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic coast. Bruce also spent many hours researching the genealogy of his and his wife's family. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and was a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge for a term of office.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 73 years, Euneta Butler Farrelly, three children: Bruce "Rick" Farrelly (Martha), Ann Petterson (Van), and Phoebe Bird (Jeff), daughter-in-law Nancy Farrelly Allen, seven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sons Mark Farrelly and Christopher "Kit" Farrelly, and a brother Brian H. Farrelly.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 21st from 10 to 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 Central Ave. Laurel, Delaware. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Odd Fellows Cemetery In Laurel. The Rev. Ruth Tull with officiate.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel, Delaware.

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Laurel, DE 19956
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Published in The Daily Times on Mar. 18, 2014
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