Tom led a full and active life. For decades he was actively involved in the peace movement and participated in countless marches, rallies, protests, and demonstrations throughout the United States, and was a tireless advocate for the poor, marginalized and down trodden. In his personal life, Tom was an avid gardener at his homes in Maine, and made frequent trips to Massachusetts to visit his brother and sisters to deliver a fresh supply of home-grown vegetables, or potatoes. Tom also traveled extensively throughout the United States, Ireland, Europe, and the Holy Land. Throughout his life, Tom maintained a close and loving relationship with his brother, sisters, nieces, and nephews, and in later years, officiated at several of their marriages and baptized several of their children. He will always be remembered as their eccentric Uncle Tom from Maine, with his old house with no indoor plumbing and a rickety old barn, where he raised chickens and rabbits.
Tom is survived by his sister, Mary Ann (Farley) Rand, and her husband, George, of Haverhill; his brother, James E. Farley, and his wife, Patricia, of Newburyport; and 14 nieces and nephews. Tom was predeceased by his sister, Jane E. Connelly, and her husband, Roderick M. Connelly Jr., Esq., of Milton.
Father Tom’s family would like to thank the many friends, former parishioners and fellow priests, who helped Tom and kept him in their thoughts and prayers over the past several years. A special thanks is also extended to the staff and residents at Haverhill Crossings in Haverhill, who helped care for Tom over the last eight months of his life.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and family are respectfully invited to call on Wednesday evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Route 125, Haverhill. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church in Ellsworth, Maine, at a time and date to be announced. Burial will take place later in the spring.
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