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FARNHAM, Arthur Edwin, Jr. May 5, 1923-May 29, 2016, formerly of South Orleans, Massachusetts passed away on May 29, 2016 after a long illness. Arthur is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Jerauldene Buck Farnham, his brother-in-law Conrad F. Buck and his nephews Jeffrey and Brad Buck. Arthur was the loving father of the late Steven K. Farnham, a proud war veteran of the Marine Corps serving in WW II and Korea and a gifted athletic coach. Arthur was a graduate of Springfield College, Assistant Professor and coach at MIT, and is fondly remembered by many as the Director and Partner of Namequoit Sailing Camp in Orleans Massachusetts. A memorial service will be held at Nickerson Funeral Home, ORLEANS Thursday, June 2 at 1 pm. For online condolences, please visit: Nickerson Funeral Home 508-255-0259

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Published in Boston Globe from May 30 to May 31, 2016.
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July 15, 2020
I was a counselor for Art in 1962 at Camp Namequoit. Loved the man, loved the camp.
Rest well, Art, you've earned it.
Tom Tubbs
May 24, 2020
I worked for art at camp namequoit back in the mid-60s, he was a great guy.
June 9, 2017
Nice guy with a great sense of humor ! Loved working for him as a gymnastic instructor at the camp in the mid sixties .
Bob Mangino
June 1, 2016
Art is still one of my all-time favorite camp directors. He loved the kids and what sailing could do for them. Joanna Warren Smith (Los Angeles)
June 1, 2016
Arthur E. Farnham: A positive and exceptional leader with great personal skills, and a very camper caring individual when he was Director and Partner of Camp Namequoit for those many years. Art and also Jerrie were truly unmatched in understanding how to lead, and successfully operate an overnight summer camp for 160 campers with over 35 staff for 7.5 weeks. AEF. as" The Chief", will be remembered by many staff and campers as simply the very best. My sincerest condolences especially to Jerrie, and to the extended family. Peter B.
June 1, 2016
Friends on the Cape and at MIT will not be surprised to learn that during his Springfield College years Art was always known as Pappy. Maturity and
gentle kindness will mark a good person every time. I can only regret that years and distance drew us apart. Thanks for being a real leader back when you were Pappy and I could just be the kid.
Larry Locke, MS., MEd, Springfield College: Ph.D., Stanford University.
Lawrence Locke
June 1, 2016
I have so many fond memories of Camp Namequoit and Art's role as Director there, but the most indelible memory is of him, dressed in a full length set of rain gear, coming out of the inky dark waterfront of Namequoit River, carrying a flaming torch as the "old man of the sea," to lead us campers (the whole camp assembled on the beach), to call for ODIN, the Norse wind god, to come and bless our sailors in the next day's PBIR (Pleasant Bay Intercamp Regatta) sailing races. What a force he was in our, and so many others', young lives! We will miss him! Greg Schwartz, Namequoit '77-'86.
Greg Schwartz
June 1, 2016
To Jerri, to the Thayers, and to all my fellow campers, I am deeply saddened by Art's departure. I am also joyful of the life he led and he example he set. While we all must leave this earth at some point, I am comforted in knowing that he lived such a good life. He was more than just an example to us all. He was a mentor. He showed us right from wrong (which we eventually learned ;-), and his example is one we have passed to our children. Art, you were the best. Thank you.
John Lipman
May 31, 2016
What can I say that is an adequate tribute to Art? He wad a wonderful man and such a great mentor for so any boys at Namequoit. Brooks and I treasured his friendship and that of Jerrie who were godparents to one of our sons. I think he lived life with love in his heart and and care for all. Louise Thayer
May 31, 2016
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.
The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home
May 31, 2016
I got this news from my friend who was a counselor at Namequoit while I was there in the early 1980's. I remember Art well, he was a friendly face, patient and helpful with the campers, the man behind Namequoit, which was a beloved institution and the source of many of my best childhood memories. I'm so grateful to Art, he was a great man and if there is a heaven I hope that he is there enjoying all that he loves.
May 30, 2016
My deepest sympathies to you Jerry. Art was a wonderful man, who taught so many of us so much about being a man. He was in many ways a second father to me.
Keith Schroeder
May 30, 2016
Mr. Farnham I cannot thank you enough for giving me an initiation into being an independent young man. You were always caring and encouraging. It was easy to see that you loved teaching, and guiding us into being decent human beings. They rarely make them like you anymore. Thanks for the start. Jamie Warburton
James Warburton
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