BARRE - Gilman Charles "Chipper, Gilly, Gil" Farnham, formerly of Barre, Vt., passed away July 26, 2012, in Las Vegas.
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He was the eldest son of Gilman O. Farnham and Elizabeth (Charron) Farnham, born on Nov. 14, 1930, in Barre, where he grew up on South Main Street, attended Ayers Street and Lincoln Elementary schools and graduated from Spaulding High School, class of 1949.
Gil enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the submarine division traveling the world under the sea during the Korean War 1952-53 aboard the USS Carvalla SS-244 stationed out of New London, Conn.
He returned to Barre working for Mary Sassi at Mario's Restaurant as a bartender, leaving for California with his best friend, John LaCroix, in 1956 and living in Los Angeles for the next 35 years, first working at McDonnell Douglas aircraft, then Arrowhead Water before starting his own communication business with his wife, Rose, the California Beeper Co. They retired to Las Vegas in 1991.
Gil loved California, Venice Beach, Santa Anita Park racetrack, all of Vermont, Florida, the Caribbean and Las Vegas. He was an avid tennis player, a 5K, 10K and marathon runner. He followed Notre Dame football, the NFL and horse racing, being one of the top handicappers in Las Vegas. He enjoyed playing cards with friends, of whom he had many.
Gilman was beloved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed.
Gil was a former member of the Barre Elks 1535, Barre Legion Post 10 and Barre Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a Knight of Columbus, Joseph, Husband of Mary Council 10442 in Las Vegas.
Gil is survived by his wife of 35 years, Rose Farnham; stepdaughter Carolyn Raimondi; sister Patricia Dwinell; brothers Robert (Denise) Farnham, Denis (Ruth) Farnham and Travis (Effie) Farnham; also many nieces and nephews.
Gilman was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, James Douglas Farnham; brother-in-law Roger Dwinell; nephews Robert (Denis) Dwinell, James Douglas Farnham Jr.
Gilman was laid to rest in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev.
Published in Times Argus on Aug. 17, 2012