DEER ISLE – John Ryder Farrell Jr., a longtime resident of Deer Isle, passed away at the age of 97 on Saturday, August 10, 2019, in Belfast.
John was born July 16, 1922, to John R. and Ethel (Brown) Sr. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During World War II, he volunteered for service in the newly formed U.S. Army Air Corp. Later, he served in the South Pacific, participating in the victorious Battle of Luzon. It was also, while in the Army Air Corp. that he met his future bride, Delma Jane Ross, who was serving in the U.S. Marine Corp. Women’s Reserve. After their discharge and marriage, the couple settled on Deer Isle, where John owned and operated his photography studio. He also volunteered in the community as an ambulance attendant, during the 1960s and 1970s, and was a proud Mason for over 50 years. John was active in the Deer Isle Grange for over 70 years, serving as an officer locally and with the Maine State Grange. Also, he attended the Deer Isle Congregational Church for 70 years. As a member, John sang in church choir, played piano, and performed in bell choir for 50 years. Additionally, he served as the church sexton, for several years. John was also involved in local theater, performing in several shows, including The Sound of Music.
John and Delma had no children of their own, but loved his brother’s 10 children with all their hearts. John is survived by his nephews and nieces, Eddie Farrell, Betty Kidd, Terry Wilson, Kenneth Farrell, Sandra Peeler, Bruce Farrell, Colleen DeOlveira, Billy Joe Farrell, and Deborah Farrell; 20 great nieces and nephews; and 28 great-great nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by Delma, his wife of over 60 years; parents, John Sr. and Ethel, brother, Robert G. Farrell, and nephew, Bobby Farrell.
Open casket visitation is scheduled from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Deer Isle Sunset Congregational Church, 57 Church Street, Deer Isle, Maine 04627. Closed casket visiting will be held from 12:30 PM until the funeral service, beginning at 1:00 PM. A private, family committal will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Deer Isle, with a reception afterwards, at the church hall.