TO HONOR RICHARD J. FARRELLY The blue moon and the crisp mountain air in the evergreens whispered and beckoned our Dearest Richard home into the waiting arms of his mother on August 22, 2013 at 1:08 a.m. A most precious birthday gift, Richard was born November 12, 1946, his mother's 25th birthday. For the next 66 years he gave everyone he met the gift of laughter and love. He exuded joy from his core. He knew no strangers and his heart was closed to no one. He gave with every fiber of his soul. He grew up in Santa Fe, and between teasing his sister and hunting with his favorite uncle, attended twelve years at St. Michaels High School, giving more than one headache to the Brothers. His first job was serving as a guard with his beloved Uncle Buddy at Effie Jenks gold mine in Bland, NM. He graduated in 1964, and served in the U.S Navy on the USS Wrangell thru 1971. He served in Law enforcement with both the City of Santa Fe Police Department and the Santa Fe Sheriff's Department. He closed out his career with his retirement in June from the State of New Mexico as Bureau Chief for the Insurance Fraud Division. Richard was truly at home in nature. Nowhere did he feel closer to God than when he was in the mountains. Add a few horses, cats and dogs, and he was in heaven. He was an avid hunter and fisherman all of his life. He is preceded in death by his most beloved mother, Geraldine Staab Farrelly; father, Leonard Farrelly; and his beloved retired police dog, Billy. He is survived by his beautiful soul mate, Nanette Farrelly; cherished sister, Catherine Farrelly Pogue(Darwyn); sons: Steve R. Farrelly (Melody), Sean Farrelly and R.C Farrelly; stepson, Nicholas Horne (Katrin Andresen); stepdaughter, Nicole Horne; grandchildren: Steven Ray Farrelly, Aiden Farrelly and Gabi Young, Maya Horne, Laila and Lilina Farrelly. Nieces Regina Bryant (Bill) and Elizabeth Pogue, Nephew Douglas Pogue (Kathy); great nephew Jason Martinez; great niece Claire Martinez; his beloved Miss Kitty and his horses. A celebration of the joy he gave us all will be held on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013. The Holy Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m., Eulogy at 10:30, and Mass to follow at 11 at San Isidro Catholic Church in the parish center, 3552 Agua Fria. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Serving as honorary pallbearers: Steve, Sean and R.C. Farrelly, Nicholas Horne, Randall Greer, Douglas Pogue, Bill Bryant, Steven Ray Farrelly, Jason Martinez, Damian Horne, Marshall Girard and Neil Fishbeck. Special thanks to St. Vincent's ICU nurses and doctors for their care and compassion, and ChrisTina Simek for her spiritual support of Richard and his family. In Lieu of flowers please send donations to: The Horse Shelter, 1012 Marquez Place, Ste 201B, Santa Fe, NM 87505 or Watermelon Mountain Ranch, 1512 Deborah Rd, SE #203, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. "Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. It comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday." -John Wayne Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435 santafefuneraloption.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900