First Posted: 1/20/2008
William F. Farrell, Esq., 98, formerly of Dallas and Kingston, died Monday, January 14, 2008.
Born Jan. 10, 1910, in Avoca, he was a son of the late John H. and Loretta McCullon Farrell.
A graduate of St. Thomas College (University of Scranton), he earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in 1937.
Attorney Farrell practiced law in Pennsylvania and was a former member of the Bar Associations of Allegheny, Cumberland, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. He was admitted to practice in the Commonwealth and Supreme courts of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court.
He devoted the majority of his professional years to advance in both the Department of Revenue and the Legal Division of the Department of Public Welfare from which he retired as director of legal enforcement of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bureau of Claims Settlement in 1973.
Early in his law practice, Attorney Farrell volunteered to enlist in the Department of the Navy, serving with honor during World War II as an officer in naval intelligence. He served in Key West, Midway, Miami and Washington, D.C. He continued his intelligence work in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a commander in 1970 after 20 years of service.
He was a loving husband to Dorothy Morgan Farrell, who died September 22, 2004. A son, William, also preceded him in death.
He is survived by daughter Dorothy A. Farrell, M.D., of Wyoming; son Douglas John Farrell, of Savannah, GA.; five grandchildren by whom he will be missed.
A funeral liturgy was held on Jan. 18 from the M.J. McLaughlin Company, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Entombment, St. Nicholas Mausoleum, Shavertown.