Ronald W. ‘Ron’ Farrell, 83

Ronald W. “Ron” Farrell, 83, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at home on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. He was born in New Haven, Conn., on Sept. 30, 1936, son of the late Raymond Farrell and the late Catherine (Sullivan) Farrell.

Farrell proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a proud Marine: “Semper Fi,” “Oorah.” He retired from work as a warehouse manager for the District of Columbia Health & Human Services in 1992, after 33 years of service. During those years, he gained great respect and admiration of his colleagues, many of whom thought of him as family. One young man, Andre Stallworth, still considers him as a father. Farrell provided a safe, secure and loving environment for a young man who otherwise would have taken the wrong path in life.

After he retired to Rehoboth Beach, he worked for several years at Home Depot and Wawa. While at Home Depot, he was a dedicated employee, often resolving work-related issues at home. He worked at Wawa in his late 70s and was up at 4 a.m. to get there to make the coffee. Everyone he met was a friend, and even after retiring, when visiting to get his morning paper and coffee, many former customers insisted on paying for him. He made a special friend in Conner Watson, a child with Down syndrome. Because of Conner, Farrell spent 15 proud years participating in the Polar Bear Plunge.

Farrell was a member of St. Edmond Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach and also of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed golfing and gardening in his free time. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He was a true “people person” and always went above and beyond to take care of others. Even while having to be fed during the late stages of Alzheimer’s, he would first make sure his wife and his caregivers were fed. He made others feel special and valued even in the smallest ways: giving boxed chocolate to the tellers at the bank or tipping the mailman, post office workers and Waste Management employees. Farrell never met a stranger, and everyone who crossed his path felt loved. Folks would never visit his home without him sharing a cup of coffee, a Coke or a warm conversation.

Above all the admirable qualities, he possessed, the one he would most want to be remembered was the deep, profound love he had for his wife, Carole, his three daughters and his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Farrell was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Darryl Petrey, and a sister, Loretta DeFrank. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Carole (Heer) Farrell; three daughters, Valerie Petrey of Ashburn, Va., Linda Farrell of Manassas, Va., and Leslie Houseman and her husband, John, of Ashburn, Va.; a brother, Raymond Farrell and his wife, Marsha, of Connecticut; two sisters, Joyce Higgins and her husband, Pinky, of Connecticut and Judy Gonzales and her husband, Eusebio of Florida and North Carolina; 11 grandchildren; and multiple nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held Oct. 12, 2019, at St. Edmond Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del. Interment was to be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Seasons Hospice; 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713, or the Alzheimer’s Association ( Condolences may be sent online at