Obituary

Patrick M. Farrell

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February 6, 2012

Patrick M. Farrell, 52, of California, Maryland, and formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away suddenly on Monday, February 6, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Md. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, on April 6, 1959, son of Joseph G. and Elizabeth (Betty) Mayer Farrell of Wilkes-Barre. In his youth, he was a member of Cub Scout Pack 43 and Boy Scout Troop 43 at St. Nicholas Church. Patrick was 1977 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School, where he was a member of the high school band. He formerly served as a lector, Eucharistic minister and member of the adult choir at St. Aloysius Church. He was also formerly employed as a supervisor at McDonald's Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army serving as an Intelligence Specialist. He later attended college at St. Mary's Seminary and University, graduating in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in Theology. Later that year, Patrick joined St. Mary's Ryken (SMR) High School in Leonardtown, Maryland, where he began a 10-year adventure of enlightening students both spiritually and academically. Patrick loved working with students. He was the quintessential teacher: the educator, the mentor, the coach, the moderator and the advocate. He dedicated his life to benefit, whether it was through "Friday Night Flicks" to provide a place for teens to gather in a positive environment to "Road Trip," where he led bus loads of students to an away basketball game to cheer on our team. His focus and essence was the students. He singularly developed a project based program to help his 11th-graders better understand morality and social justice issues through hands-on involvement. As the Future Business Leader of America (FBLA) moderator, Patrick strived to make the club the best in the state. Patrick has touched the lives of thousands of students. His tireless service to teaching and his selfless example inspired both his peers and students alike to live the Xaverian values of humility, trust, zeal, compassion and simplicity. His deep faith and strong religious foundation has made him the rock for many needing a listening ear and advocate for the unprotected and needy. His legacy of service, protecting the marginalized and his zeal for life will live forever in the hearts of many. Surviving in addition to his parents are sister, Dorothy (Dottie) Povilaitis, and her husband, Edward, Wilkes-Barre; brother, Joseph W. Farrell, and his wife, Mary Jean, Hampton, Va.; nieces, Betty Jo Niemkiewicz and her husband, Brian; Gina Povilaitis and her fiancé, Cody Kyttle; grandnephews, Gavin Fincke, Tristan Niemkiewicz and Edward James Kyttle. Funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 11:30 a.m. in the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at noon in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Patrick's memory to the St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509. Online condolences may be made at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Times Leader on Feb. 9, 2012
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