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JOHN M. FARRELL John M. Farrell, 86 years old, of West Palm Beach, FL died on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Medical Center. Born on August 29, 1926 in Barre, VT, he had been a Florida resident since 1940. A 1944 graduate of Palm Beach High School, Mr. Farrell then served in the United Sates Navy. Attending the University of Florida College of Law, he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Florida Law Review, graduating with honors. Mr. Farrell practiced law for 42 years, first as an associate with Shutts and Bowen of Miami, then as a partner in Burns, Middleton, Farrell & Faust of Palm Beach and its predecessors, and from 1980 and its merger with Steel, Hector & Davis of Miami and elsewhere in Florida until he retired. Active in his profession and its organizations, programs, and committees, both locally and in statewide matters, he was President of the Palm Beach County Bar Association in 1964; a member of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar 1969-1973; President of the Florida Bar Foundation in 1973 and 1974; chairman of the Editorial Committee which produced the Florida Bar Practice Manual - FLORIDA FAMILY LAW, 1st Edition. For two years, Mr. Farrell was a Florida Bar appointed member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. Participation in community affairs included having been a member and chairman of the City of West Palm Beach Zoning and Planning Board; and in Church activity as a Vestryman and Senior Warden of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, and Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Jeannie Farrell; and is survived by their sons, John M. Farrell, Jr. and James A. Farrell, and their respective wives, Linda W. Farrell and Sharon M. Farrell; as well as four grandchildren, Katherine, Jamison, James, Jr. (Jessica), and Morgan Farrell. A Memorial Service will be celebrated at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 211 Trinity Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, with Rev. David Wilt, Rector, officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall immediately following the Service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of John M. Farrell to either The Florida Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 1553, Orlando, FL 32802 www.flabarfndn.org ; or Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 www.hpbc.com QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL HOME Family Owned and Operated (561) 832-5171 To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries
Published in The Palm Beach Post from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, 2012