Bruce M. Farnham
Bruce Merrill Farnham, 87 of Richmond Vermont, left us on Wednesday, October 2nd. He was born on October 20th, 1931. He is predeceased by his parents Eva and Arthur, wife Irene, grandson Jarred, and siblings Rick, Lynn, Elwin, Louise, and Wilma.
He is survived by his son Keith and wife Colleen, his son Craig and wife Laura, and his daughter Maureen and husband Dwayne, his grandchildren Matt, Erika, Amanda, Amy, and Danielle. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Rabun, Barbara Lord, his partner of 18 years, and many nieces and nephews.
Bruce served during the Korean War on Occupation in Germany. He was also a member of the Circle C Cowboys elite group. He was proud of his service and raised his flag at his home every day.
Bruce enjoyed spending time with his family the most, as well as his neighbors who were near and dear to his heart. He enjoyed a good Red Sox game, feeding his wild birds, working at the fairgrounds, and being a “roads scholar” with his perfect painting of lines for the Champlain Valley Fair. He never lost his North Troy roots, he even attended his 70th high school reunion this summer, as he was proud to have grown up in North Troy. He loved going to Wilma and Andre’s farm and barn every spring to help with sugaring. He enjoyed a good party, a good gin and tonic, and a beer or two with his special crew at Papa McKee’s.
When the Vermont Red’s AA Baseball team called Burlington their home, he and Irene adopted many of the players and their families. He deeply appreciated the lifelong friendships with these players.
He started his career as a meat cutter at the Ground Union in Newport, before becoming the Meat Manager at Vermont’s largest supermarket at that time, the Super Duper in Burlington. He ended his career working as a Compliance Officer for the Agriculture Department for the state of Vermont.
We want to thank UVMMC nursing staff for taking such good care of Bruce.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Richmond Rescue, 216 Railroad St., Richmond, VT 05477. Honoring Bruce’s wishes there will be no wake or funeral. There will be a private graveside service at the Holy Rosary Cemetery for immediate family. Date to be determined.
A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held on Sunday, October 20th at the VFW in Essex Junction, 73 Pearl Street, at 1:00