Robert Farrell

Robert E Farrell

Wednesday, October 25th, 1933 - Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
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Robert E. Farrell, age 85, of Pemberton, NJ, passed away Wednesday August 21, 2019 due to complications from heart surgery. Bob was born in Wrightstown, NJ and lived in Pemberton his whole life. Bob was a proud veteran , serving in the US Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. After his service Bob worked for over 40 years as an auto mechanic for Charles B. Yerkes and sons and as a Service manager for Mt Ephraim Dodge. Bob had many interests and hobbies, including military aircraft, ham radio, South Jersey history and local railroad history. He also was an excellent photographer and developed and printed his own photos. He was the "go to guy" for local history expertise, especially about the Pemberton and Hightstown Railroad/ Union Transportation Co. Bob worked with several authors and historical societies supplying photos and information for numerous books and publications. He was a longtime member of the Pennsylvania Raikroad Technical and Historical Society, both of the national organization and the Philadelphia Chapter. He was also a member of the National Railroad Historical Society, both the West Jersey and Jersey Central chapters.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Rober D. And Catherine W. Farrell (Ingling), his longtime companion, Mary Jane Gray and his sister, Rhoda M. Carmichael. He is survived by several nieces, nephews, numerous family of Mrs. Gray and many friends.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Friday August 30th at 4PM at the LEE FUNERAL HOM, 317 High St. Mt. Holly. Relatives and Fiends may visit with the family from 3-4PM at the funeral home. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Bob to the he American Heart Association or to the donor's choice. Arrangements were made with Ed Kaelin III at the LEE FUNERAL HOME, Mt. Holly
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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, August 30th, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Lee Funeral Home
    317 High Street
    MOUNT HOLLY, NJ 08060
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  • Service

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Friday, August 30th, 2019 4:00pm
    Lee Funeral Home
    317 High Street
    MOUNT HOLLY, NJ 08060
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Pleasant Grove Methodist Cemetery


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Walter Zullig

Posted at 11:05am
I had known Bob for many years, having originally met him on board a train. We enjoyed a number of trips together. In recent years despite his health problems and the travel distance, he attended many of the monthly meetings of the Jersey Central NRHS Chapter in Westfield. It always was good to chat with him there.
May he rest in peace.

Karen & Dave Kritz

Posted at 06:37pm
Bob never was a loss for words about his love of history, photography, railroads, gardening, or working on cars and tinkering on anything that needed fixing. He would go on and on about his family and extended friends. Over the years, we made a concerted effort to be good neighbors and tried to help him in any way we could. He was always grateful for even the simplest things, like the sticky buns we made that “tasted just like Mother made”. We were mindful of his stubbornness to ask for help so we just helped him when we saw he needed help. His last words to us were "You worry too much about me". We no longer have to worry about Bob because he has made his final journey Home. Rest in peace dear Bob. Karen & Dave Kritz

Gerald Clearwater

Posted at 11:08am
Bob was a good friend and was very knowledgeable about local and south Jersey railroad history. He was always willing to share his expertise and contributed to many articles and books on railroad history. He was a long-time member of several railroad historical societies including those focusing on the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Jersey Central RR. He will be missed by the many friends he made over the years.

Robie Carmichael

Posted at 06:21am
Contributed by Robie Carmichael
Uncle Bob from an nephews Eye
@ Age five he was scary and intmidating
@ Age 15 he was just another adult telling me what to do and what I was doing wrong
@ Age 35 he was very intelligent man and fun to visit with
@ Age 55 it became apparent that all along he had been
A mentor
A teacher
A father figure
A sage
A mechanic
A veracious reader
A photographer
A railroad lover
A peer
A Friend
He gave freely of himself with no fan fare and for the most part wished to remain anonymous
He celebrated our successes.
He taught by example, and good examples.
I will miss our weekly phone calls.
He never said I love you. But I had no doubt of the fact!!

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