ELLSWORTH – Bruce Allen Farrin, 69, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Aug. 23, 2016. He was born April 27, 1947, in Ellsworth, the son of Eugene and Ella (Preble) Farrin.
Bruce graduated from Bar Harbor High School, Class of 1966 and attended CMVTI. He served honorably in Vietnam as an aircraft mechanic and with the Army from 1967 to 1970. Before he joined the military, he married Sharyn Kelley. Bruce worked for the Bar Harbor Motor Co., Dow Pontiac, spent over 20 years with Bangor-Hydro, Steego, and finally Car Quest, where he was known as Papa Smurf.
Bruce was KA1YPH in the Amateur Radio Club, enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved to tinker. He could fix just about anything and especially enjoyed clocks. He had a smile that could light up a room, and he loved family gatherings, watching his grandchildren play sports, telling many stories, and spending time at the family’s camp on Flanders Pond. He loved “HUGE.”
Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Sharyn Farrin of Ellsworth; brother Irving and wife, Rhae; daughters Kelley Paul and husband, David, of Ellsworth, Heidi Davis and husband, Tim, of Ellsworth, Stacey Herrick and husband, Toby, of Mariaville; grandchildren Allison, Mackenzie, Farrin, Lydia, Autumn, Andrew and Anna; mother-in-law Lucy Kelley; brother-in-law Dennis Kelley and wife, Ellen; many nieces and nephews. Bruce was pre-deceased by his parents; sister Sheila Butler; brother Eugene Farrin Jr.; sister-in-law Lori Jo Kelley; and father-in-law Walter Kelley.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 at Eden Baptist Church in Salisbury Cove. A burial will follow at Woodbine Cemetery, Ellsworth. Please join us for a celebration of Bruce’s life following the service at Moore Community Center in Ellsworth.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bruce’s memory may be made to the Down East Family YMCA Youth Sports, attn: Jean, PO Box 25, Ellsworth, ME 04605.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.