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John A. Farmer

Quincy, John A. Farmer, age 79, passed away peacefully, on Monday, September 11, 2017, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. John was born on March 7, 1938 in Winthrop. He was raised in North Adams and graduated from Saint Joseph High School in 1956. He attended North Adams State College before joining the Army in 1958.  A lifelong Elvis fan, he loved to say they were both stationed in Germany at the same time.  John was admired for his easygoing manner and great sense of humor as a husband, father, uncle, and friend.  His favorite role, however, was being Poppy to his three grandchildren. 

John had a long and successful career in the banking industry working in government banking, serving municipalities across the northeast. He began his career at Hancock Bank in Quincy and retired as a senior vice president from Bank of Canton after more than forty years in banking. In 1993, he graduated from the LEAD Program at Eastern Nazarene College, completing his bachelor’s degree and proving that it is never too late to achieve a personal and professional goal.  A parishioner of Saint Agatha Church in Milton for more than forty years, he was truly a man of faith with a strong commitment to the Catholic Church. His other passions included playing golf as an active member of Wampatuck Country Club, watching the Patriots win five Super Bowls, and rooting for the Red Sox as a proud member of Red Sox Nation.   

He was a leader in the community, serving on many boards including the Quincy College Board of Governors, the South Shore Y.M.C.A, the Quincy Cemetery Board of Managers, Neighborhood Club of Quincy, and was a Distinguished Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Quincy.   

He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Judy; and daughters Jill Farmer Possehl and husband Jimmy of South Boston; Erin Farmer Noonan and husband Michael of Pelham, NH; and three cherished grandchildren, James Possehl, Katie Noonan, and Johnny Noonan.  He also leaves behind his sister-in-law Jane Marshall and nephew Patrick Marshall of Gloucester; and sister-in-law Ginny Farmer of FL; several cousins; and nine nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Lucy (Martin); his sister Lucy Anne and brothers Paul, James, Mark, and Michael Farmer.  

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers, Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Saturday, September 16th at 9 a.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Agatha Church, East Milton at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Friday 4 – 8 p.m. At the request of the family, interment services, with military honors, at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be private and at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in John’s memory may be made to Partners In Health, his nephew Dr. Paul Farmer’s non-profit health care organization. Please visit https://donate.pih.org/give-today or mail donations to Partners in Health, 800 Boylston Street, Suite 1400, Boston, MA 02199-8190.

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September 16, 2017
John will be missed. My condolences to Judy and her family.

~ Mort McGrath

 

September 14, 2017
Barbara and I are so sorry to hear of your husband's dath. We are unable to attend the funeral because we're away. We sent in a memorial to PIH. The Lord be with you in your loss.

~ Rev. & Mrs A. Wismar

 

September 14, 2017
My condolences to the entire family at this time of grief. May God's promise at Revelations 21:3,4 give you encouragement and comfort at this difficult time.

~ K. H.

 

September 14, 2017
Judy - Our sympathy is extended to you and your family on behalf of Ed and I.

~ Beth Stevens

 

September 13, 2017
My condolences to Judy and the entire Farmer family. I was very fortunate to know John and to have enjoyed his sense of humor. What a wonderful person and he will be missed.

~ Joanne MacNeil

 

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