JAMES ANTHONY FARRELL On Saturday, November 24, 2012, James, in his 89th year, passed away peacefully in Milton, Ontario. James leaves behind his loving wife Margaret (Peggy) Farrell of 56 years, grandsons Kienan, Brendan, Aaron and Galen, sons Martin, Brian and Jim and Jim's wife Betty. He also leaves behind his brother William Farrell, his sister Anna Walsh and her husband Walter Walsh and many nieces and nephews in Ireland, the United States and Australia. James is predeceased by his older brother John Joe Farrell and his youngest son Kevin Farrell. James was born in Jerpoint Hill near Thomastown in County Kilkenny, Ireland to Martin and Margaret Farrell (nee Brennan). In his younger years, James travelled the world with the Merchant Navy and came to Canada in 1950 as part of an exploration team searching for natural resources in Canada's far north. James settled in Toronto in the early 1960s. Known as Gyro Jim, James was a 27 year employee of Litton Systems in Malton. In 1967, James and his family moved to 339 Pine Street in Milton which is still the family home. James was a man of many passions. He began life as a farm boy and his love of nature could be seen in his early travels and family camping trips. He was a terrific tomato and sunflower gardener, a ferocious reader, a champion hurler, the family chauffeur (two generations!), a rock hound and an angler. He was a man of great faith, a dedicated caregiver and a compassionate companion to friends and family in need. We'll remember a great man who was the family patriarch. Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at J. Scott Early Funeral Home, 21 James Street, Milton, 905-878-2669, from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at Holy Rosary Parish, 139 Martin Street, Milton, 905-878-6535, on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. The family would like to invite friends and family to a reception at Holy Rosary Parish Hall (beside the church) following the Mass. The family would also like to thank Dr. Kamouna and the nurses at Milton District Hospital for their compassion and care. Donations can be made to the Milton District Hospital Foundation.
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Published in the Toronto Star from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2012