1946 – 2016

VENICE, Fla. — Richard (Dick) Arthur Farrar, 69, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30, in Venice, Fla., with his family by his side. He was born March 19, 1946.

He was the beloved husband and best friend of 37 years to Deborah (Bowman); loving father to three sons and a daughter, Kevin R. (wife, Eve), Tracy L. Grimes, Marc J., and Joshua S. (wife, Tricia); adoring grandfather to Kelly, Hunter, Anika and Grady; and dear uncle, brother-in-law and friend to so many others.

He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur L. and Inez M. Farrar.

Dick grew up and lived in Auburn, where he attended Edward Little High School and held a number of jobs, including driving for Pepsi and plant supervisor at Hillcrest. He was also on the Ski Patrol at Lost Valley and the flag man at Oxford Plains Speedway.

In 1978, he married Deb and they later moved to Sterling, Mass., and became proud owners of Farrar Duck Farm. Dick volunteered with the Sterling EMS for

32 years and Sterling Fire Department for 30 years, reaching the rank of deputy chief at retirement.

He also was part owner of Coastal Racing Association, which ran four racetracks around New England. Dick received an associate degree in fire science and worked for the Massachusetts Fire Academy as deputy director of facilities and operations until retirement. Dick and Deb enjoyed many years of travel and adventure, with Aruba being their favorite destination.

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