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CASTLETON - Patrick Villiers Farrow passed away in his home in Castleton, Vermont, on Monday, June 15, 2009. He was born on November 27, 1942, in Los Angeles, CA, the son of actress Maureen O'Sullivan and director-producer-author John Villiers Farrow. He grew up and went to school in Beverly Hills, CA and abroad in Spain and England.
His jobs earlier in life included acting in Hollywood in both TV and movies, serving as a Merchant Marine in the Pacific, and working as an artist for WPAT radio station in New York. Patrick came to Vermont in 1964 and discovered the place he wanted to live the rest of his life.
In 1966 he married Susan Hartwell-Erb with whom he shared his life. Together they raised their daughters and chose to live their lives as artists and active participants in the community. He worked for years trying to bring the arts to Rutland, serving as a board member of Moonbrook and the Chaffee Arts Center where he volunteered endless hours.
He was a lifelong peace and environmental activist, working to stop the Vicon incinerator from operating in Rutland and living as green as possible in his personal and professional life. In their early years together, Susan, Patrick and their young children lived off the grid in Oregon. He was known for being outspoken and active in his community and was conscious about issues facing the world at large. He was very generous with his artwork, donating to many worthy causes.
Patrick was instrumental in producing three highly ambitious exhibitions at the Chaffee: a retrospection on the American motorcycle; bringing a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall to Main Street Park; and the Aviation Exhibition, which included the display of a World War II Trainer Airplane. He convinced the state to close routes 7 and 103 from the airport in Clarendon to the Chaffee to make this possible.
He was a well-respected, highly regarded sculptor who was represented by many art galleries throughout the country. He was a Fellow in the National Sculpture Society in New York City but he believed in giving to the local community first, as exemplified in his gift to the city of Rutland, The Leash, a slightly larger than life racing dog and a parking meter that, with the absence of the leash, incorporates Patrick's ironic style. The parking meter represented the restraints of time while the dog was the beast who longed for freedom.
Patrick eschewed the privilege his family name guaranteed, choosing instead to live a full and satisfying life, working alongside his artist wife, Susan, in their home and gallery, housed in a former Catholic Church they rehabilitated on Main Street in Castleton.
Patrick is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan, his stepfather James E. Cushing, and his daughters, Justine Farrow of Rutland, Brittney Farrow (Mitch Monetti) of Seattle, and Teressa Tucker (Mark) of Charlotte, N.C. He leaves behind his grandchildren, Arantha, Akim, Tayler, Cameron and Teagan. his siblings, Mia Farrow, John Farrow (Sandy), Stephanie Soghoian (Richard), Prudence Bruns (Al), Tisa Farrow, his brother-in-law Peter Erb (DeeDee), Irish aunts Sheila Mooney, Patricia O'Sullivan, and Betty O'Sullivan and his large extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, his older brother Michael Farrow and his beloved parakeet Clark, who sat on his head and went to work with him every day.
Friends may remember Patrick with donations to peace or environmental organizations of their choice. A celebration of Patrick's life will take place later this summer.
View the guest book at www.rutlandherald.com/ obits.