CLINTON — Donald W. Farley, 96, of Clinton and a longtime resident of Clark Mills, Rome and Whitesboro, passed away at home on Friday, May 4, 2012.
He was born in Clark Mills on August 28, 1915, the son of Matthew and Mae Buck Farley. Don graduated from Westmoreland High School and St. Bonaventure College, class of 1937. In August 1940 he was united in marriage to Marian Sawner at the Church of the Annunciation, where he had been active since his youth. He retired as a product manager with General Cable Corporation after 44 years of service, having worked at locations in Rome and New Jersey, as well as at New York City headquarters. Outside of his family and career, Don loved music. He started playing saxophone at age 10 and later added the clarinet. From his high school years until the age of 85, he performed in many groups and dance bands, including the Mohicans. During his time with the Kirkland Senior Citizens, he was considered the unofficial photographer.
He is survived by his wife, Marian, of Clinton; two sons, Robert Farley of Norwalk, CT and Donald and Jo-Ann Farley Jr. of N. Caldwell, NJ; and one daughter, Jean and John Schumitz of Aldie, VA; nine beloved grandchildren and four great-grandchildren residing in Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Washington State, and New York City. He was predeceased in 1996 by a daughter, Mary Lou Harrington.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Church of the Annunciation, Clark Mills. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Clinton. There will be no public calling hours. The family will receive friends at the conclusion of the Mass.
Arrangements by Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service, Inc, Clinton.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Church of the Annunciation, to its mailing address at 7616 E. South Street, Clinton, New York 13323