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Robert Farr 87 a resident of Westfield, passed away peacefully at home on Monday July 6, 2020. Born in Holyoke, he was the son of the late Carlton Farr and Josephine (Czesna) Farr. He attended public schools and was a graduate of Westfield State University, American International College, UMass Amherst and the University of Southern California. He had a masters in teaching and taught for 50 years in the Springfield and Westfield school system from the elementary to high school level. He also taught at the collegiate level. He was head teacher of the Mass Migrant program. He was a standout athlete while attending Westfield State University. He played basketball and baseball. He was the first 1,000 point scorer in the history of Westfield State University. He was the US boys club national free throw shooting champion making a perfect 60 out of 60 shots. He also served as President and Vice President of his class.He is survived by his daughters Melinda Farr Creel of Georgetown Tx and Kristen Farr DelNegro of West Springfield. His wife Judith Farr passed away in 2019 and his son Michael in 1986. He leaves six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Pine Hill Cemetery on Friday July 17th at 11am. Firtionadams.com



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Published in The Republican from Jul. 9 to Jul. 15, 2020.
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August 1, 2020
My condolences to the Bob Farr family. I was sincerely saddened to hear of your loss. I considered him my closest friend in life. I regret deeply that I was not there to say goodbye.
We were room mates at the Slattery rooming house on Washington St. around the corner from WSTC. We were team mates on both the basketball and baseball teams there as well as on a team , Foley's Five at Holyoke Boys' Club.
I had kept in touch with him until a couple of months ago. I wondered why he did not respond to my e--mails.
I will miss him and find it difficult to recognize the fact that I will never see him or hear from him again. . He was a remarkable person, a great athlete, and a great friend. We wefe like brothers.
Saw him last at a Hall of Fame Dinner at Westfield State, but we conversed many times since then.
I will remember Bob and Judy for the rest of my life. Westfield State Teachers' College class of 1954.
My last e-mail. Thanks for the memories. George Hines '54

George Hines
July 17, 2020
My grandfather was an amazing father,grandfather, and teacher. He was very loved and will be forever missed by everyone whom ever had the please to meet him. Love you grandpa.
Cassandra Greenough
Grandchild
July 17, 2020
My grandfather was an amazing father,grandfather, and teacher. He was very loved and will be forever missed by everyone whom ever had the please to meet him. Love you grandpa.
Cassandra Greenough
Grandchild
July 16, 2020
dear uncle bob, i always enjoyed visits. you had a easy way about you, its no wonder you were such a popular teacher. i always enjoyed your ball handling tricks. YOU WILL BE MISSED. love gordon nephew...
gordon carmichael
Family
July 15, 2020
I worked for and with Bob for many, many years at the Ma. Migrant Education Program. Each summer, I had the pleasure to listen to all his insights and tips about education, gardening, and his philosophy of life. We had a wonderful working relationship and we enjoyed so many great times throughout our countless summers together. He was always a kind, gentle, and honest person. We shared so many laughs and I will always treasure his stories of family, education, college experiences, basketball, and his love of teaching. He was a true professional that loved his students and had so much zeal for teaching. He taught me so many lessons and he loved to recite poems that were meaningful in his life. Here is one that helps to give some insights into Bobs love for education and teaching.

I took a piece of living clay,
And gently fashioned it day by day,
And molded it with my power and art
A young childs soft and yielding heart.
I came again when years were gone:
It was a man I looked upon.
He still that early impress bore,
And I could fashion it no more.
Rest In Peace my dear friend- you were a special person and a wonderful teacher- I will miss you!!
Kathleen Hebert
Friend and coworker
Kathleen Hebert
Friend
July 12, 2020
Teammate 1950-51 soccer and basketball . Leader by example and star of our teams. . Quality personified.
George McGarrity
Classmate
July 12, 2020
I taught with Bob for many years at Central and worked with him in the Mass. Migrant program at Holyoke. He had a calm and peaceful demeanor and was very a very competent teacher and administrator. Rest in peace, Bob. Dave Macomber
David Macomber
Coworker
July 12, 2020
We were neighbors to Mr and Mrs Farr And Robert on Newton St in Holyoke, ma. I remember them as very kind And friendly. I loved animals and plants anything to do with life. Mrs Farr gave me a snake plant or sometimes Referred as a snake plant Other Other plants to grow. Robert was going to California for college at the time. By his obituary he turned out to be quite the representative of his wonderful parents. It makes my heart feel so good that he became a class act like his parent. Peace to you Robert and all your family and friends.
Francis Plouffe
Neighbor
July 12, 2020
My mother Audrey Szlachetka taught science with Bob at Duggan Jr. High and Central High School in Springfield.
I know my Mom always enjoyed Bob. They used to share coffee breaks together and always had some good laughs.

I would like to Express sympathy on behalf of my Mom and myself.
Many prayers of comfort will be sent your way.
Amy and Audrey Szlachetka
Amy Szlachetka
July 12, 2020
My condolences to the family. I knew your father. He worked with my mother, Audrey Szlachetka for many years at Classical High. My mother had many good times working along side your father ! May he Rest In Peace!
Lisa Szlachetka Campbell
Coworker
July 11, 2020
Mr. Farr was my 5th grade teacher at Armory during 1960-61. While I had wonderful teachers there from K-6, he was my favorite. Many great Bob Farr memories and learning experiences. I remember noticing how much he enjoyed teaching us Science. He once assigned each of us an element off the Periodic Table, and we researched and presented oral reports. To this day, I can answer Jeopardy questions involving Tungsten. We all seemed to blossom under his watchful eye. Later on, he and I became colleagues at Classical, and then Central, where he was a member of the Science Departments. I was so happy to see him this past fall at the Museum after a lecture, and he was just as pleasant as ever. So sorry to read of his passing.
Sincerest condolences to Bob's family. He was a good, kind man.
May his Memory be Eternal.
Susan Arthur Metzidakis
Student
July 11, 2020
Sending condolences to the family on the loss of your Father & Grandfather. I had the pleasure of being in Mr. Farrs 9th Grade Science class at Classical HS. We kept notebooks in class and he would grade them, and wanted us to maintain them in a neat, complete, and organized fashion. It was something he repeated constantly. As a freshman, you might stray away from those guidelines; not quite understanding just how helpful those simple details would be in college and throughout life. To this day, however, Im certain they were instilled in me by him...and Im thankful for that. So much so, that I repeat the saying to my teenage boys (though it hasnt quite sunk in with them yet!) Thank you for sharing him with all of us.

Fondly,
Danielle (Helin) Bell
Student
July 11, 2020
I had Mr. Farr for science at Duggan Junior High back in 1970. He brought us to the bog behind Duggan and taught us about nature there. He was a great teacher and kind man. I ended up getting married and now live in Westfield where I would run into him sometimes. So sorry to see him go.
Laura Fellows
Student
July 10, 2020
I remember when Mr. Farr arrived at Armory Street School in the very late 50's. His room was across the hall from Miss Flannery on the first floor.
He was one of only 3 men teachers, along with Mr. Sullivan and Mr. McDowell.
As I remember, he was a kind and gentle person, always concerned for his students.
May he Rest in Peace in the Arms of Our Lord.
Mitchell J Ogulewicz
July 10, 2020
I had the privilege of having Mr Farr at Duggan Jr High during the late 60's/early 70's. He was such a kind and giving man. I feel quite lucky that I had him as a teacher.
Linda Chapman
Student
July 10, 2020
My condolences to the family of this very special man. I had the privilege of having Mr. Farr as my teacher at Armory St School for half a year. I was heartbroken for having to leave. In the short time I was in his class, he instilled in me confidence and showed me that a male role model could also be nurturing and kind. Upon my departure, he gifted me with me with my very first novel, Escape to Witch Mountain. Thus began my love for reading; especially Science Fiction & Fantasy. Also inscribed In the book was a special note that I cherished throughout my life. I still have my special book from Mr. Farr from all those years ago. It has a special place on my book shelves. R.I.P. and thank you Mr Farr; you were a class act who made a huge impact in the life of a little kid from The Hill! Kevin Murphy
Kevin Murphy
Student
July 10, 2020
My Uncle Bob was such a remarkable person. I was inspired by all he knew and how he could teach it to you in a way that you understood. He was a great teacher and I learned so much from him. All my love Uncle Bob.
Tona C Priddy
Family
July 9, 2020
Sending sincere sympathy to Bobs family. He was a great person, leader and teacher. I learned a lot from Bob while working with him at Mass Migrant. He was a gentleman and a scholar.He touched the lives of many students and staff . Rest In Peace Bob. Sincerely, Jan & Gary Moriarty
Jan Moriarty
Friend
July 9, 2020
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So sorry for your loss he was a great man
Barbara Eckert Lori Collins
Acquaintance
July 9, 2020
Mr. Farr taught at my elementary school in the 1960s. He was warm, kind, and brought out the best in his students. All the students wanted to be in his class. My condolences to his family and friends. May your loving memories bring solace in the days ahead.
D Askwith
Student
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