Thomas Francis Farrell Jr. transitioned peacefully in the early evening on Saturday, 9/2/2023 surrounded by loved ones. Born in Philadelphia, Thomas lived in multiple parts of the city before moving to Glassboro, New Jersey to live on his sister’s family’s Farm. Thomas enlisted in the United States Navy in 1958 where he earned his General Education Development Diploma through the US Navy. After his military service ended in 1961 he worked as a merchant marine and in a factory abroad prior to accepting a position as a Police Officer with the Haverford Township Police Department in 1963. Thomas earned a diploma from West Chester University in Criminal Justice in 1976. Thomas served as an officer in the HTPD for 32 years retiring in 1995 after a long, highly decorated career that included a five-year stint as an undercover detective. Thomas was an avid lifelong sports fan who cherished the Phillies, Eagles and Sixers. He spent many days and nights at Schieb Park, Franklin Field and Veterans Stadium in boisterous support and sometimes criticism of his beloved Philly teams. Thomas’s first love was baseball and he played on the school varsity team with Glassboro High School and eventually played softball in leagues around Delaware County and even threw an unprecedented ‘perfect game’ in slow pitch softball as a member of the Gehris Lanes Team. Thomas married his love Elizabeth Lucetta Farrell, nee Carey in 1967 and they spent 56 years of marriage and had three loving Children, Careyann, Tara and Ryan. He is survived by three devoted grandchildren: Carsan, Pierce and Tyson. Thomas had four loving sisters that had transitioned before him; Mary McMenamin, Elizabeth Gruss, Ruth Caruso and Ethel DeMoss. He is survived by his brother in law Joesph ‘Pete’ Carey, sister in law Mary Louis Demarino and his brother in law Edward Carey who has transitioned.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation 10:30 AM to 11:20 AM, Monday, September 11, 2023 at St. Simon and Jude Church, 8 Cavanaugh Court, West Chester, PA 19382, followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:30 AM. Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Chester County Hospital Foundation at https://www.