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Noah Farrelly

Binghamton - Noah Farrelly found his life's passion, running, when he was 12 years old. He signed up for the WMS Cross Country team in the 7th grade, mostly because his favorite MacArthur Elementary School teacher, Dan Mullins, was the coach—but he quickly discovered a deep love for the sport. As with all athletes, Noah's running career was one of highs and lows. After twice earning the title of Southern Tier Athletic Conference All-Star, he battled back from a significant injury in his junior year to set four Binghamton High School records, to be a three-season state qualifier and Section IV Indoor and Outdoor 3200 Meter Champion. Noah's dream was to be a Division I college runner, and with the guidance and dedication of his beloved Coach Dave Cody, he worked his butt off to make that dream come true.

One of the happiest days of Noah's life was this spring, the day he signed his National Letter of Intent to become a member of the Stony Brook University cross country and track teams. In less than four short months as a Stony Brook freshman, the university became his second home and his team a second family. Noah was out on a training run near campus, doing what he loved best, when he was tragically struck by a vehicle. After two days surrounded by the love of family and friends, coaches and teammates, Noah died on December 6th. He was 18 years old.

Of course, Noah was much more than just a runner. He was the oldest child of proud parents James Farrelly and Bridgette Stein Farrelly. The loving, gentle, if sometimes annoying big brother and best friend to Margaret and Alec. The much-beloved grandson of Dominick and Harriet Prato, and Bernie and Sharon Farrelly. Noah was a Southsider. A MacArthur kid. An honorary Davis Street Boy. A sometime lacrosse player, one of Coach Van Putte's St. Vinnie CYO All-Stars and Champions, and Gus Macker Second Place All-World Champion. He was a proud Binghamton Patriot, having graduated with honors and an International Baccalaureate certificate, Class of 2018. He had a head for numbers and was a member of the New York State Business and Marketing Honor Society. Very fond of children, Noah chose to major in psychology at Stony Brook, determined to become a public school counselor, and track and cross country coach.

Noah was an outgoing, affable person who loved to plan a good time for friends and family. He led fantasy sports leagues, March Madness pools, Beach Olympics, corn hole tournaments and card games, and presided over the biggest-ever Survivor Birthday Party, complete with challenges and all the trappings of his then-favorite TV show. A Sports Guy to his core, Noah was an avid fan of the New England Patriots, the NBA, Kevin Durant, and Barstool Sports. He was firmly on the right side of the MJ vs. LBJ debate. He was smart. He was funny. He was genuine. He was kind and compassionate. Within the running community, he was known first and foremost for his sportsmanship—his generosity with teammates and competitors alike—which made his parents especially proud.

Our family will be forever grateful for the tremendous outpouring of love and support from the caring staff of Stony Brook University Hospital, LiveOnNY, the many wonderful people of Stony Brook University, our friends and neighbors from the local community and Binghamton City Schools, and fellow runners from across the U.S. Noah would be simply blown away by it all.

We will celebrate Noah's life on Friday, December 21st, at Terra Cotta Catering, 81 State Street in Binghamton. Our family will receive friends beginning at 4:00 PM, with reflections from loved ones beginning at 6:30 PM.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Dec. 18, 2018
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