Obituary of Stanley R. Farnum

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Stanley Farnum 98 of South Egremont passed away April 25th at the Fairview Commons Rehab Center in Great Barrington due to complications of the Covid-19 virus. Born on November 27th 1921 son of the late Roy Farnum and Helen Polmatier Farnum of South Egremont .Stanley was educated in local schools and graduated 2 years early from the Searles High School in Great Barrington. He was born in South Egremont, and lived his life there with his wife of 60 years, the late Hilda Mae (Duryea) Farnum, raising a family of 11 children. Stanley served in the United States Army in World War II and began his working career at Carr Engineering as a machine operator for 20 years, later working as a foreman for the Sheffield Plastics for 13 years and Simon’s Rock College as Head Custodian and Counselor of many for another 13 years. Stan was a great outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, and, trapping. He was also a wonderful Poet, winning numerous awards from the National Poet Society. He enjoyed reading his poems to anyone and everyone who wanted to hear them. Most of all he loved spending time with his family. Stanley is survived by two sons ,Timothy Farnum of Saratoga New York and Lane Farnum/Georgann of South Egremont, Seven Daughters, Lynn Nemec/ David ,Kyle Miller / Dan, Sally Bailey / Roger, Heidi Farnum / Chris, all of Great Barrington. Laurie Flynn/Tom, Joyce Bassett/Jerry, and Karen Dube / Matt, all of Sheffield and lifelong friend Bob Nichols. Also 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Beside his wife, Stanley was predeceased by a son Stephen, a daughter Christine, and a grandson Christopher.
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5 Responses to Obituary of Stanley R. Farnum

  1. We wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Georgeann and to all her family on the loss of her father-in-law. He was truly one-of-a-kind. We loved his poems, and knowing that our town was his town, too. Rest in peace, Stanley. You will be missed.

  2. There are some people you never forget. Stan was one of those people. I met him while a student at Simon’s Rock. He always had a kindness for us, we the scared, the far-from-home and way-too-smart-for-our-own-good. We would sing out “Stan, Stan! the Maintenance Man” when we caught a glimpse of him and he’d share a poem. At Christmas, my mind plays his version of “The Night Before Christmas” in stereo with the original. I’d lost my father the year before I went to Simon’s Rock and his buoyant approach to life reminded me very much of mine. I feel very fortunate to have known him and through big, fat tears, send my sincere condolances.

  3. For the whole Farnum family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Stanley’s passing. He was always such a gentleman and a gentle man. Our condolences on your loss.

    Bruce and Sue Gventer

  4. My sincerest condolences to Stan’s family. Stan was a wonderful man. I am only one of thousands he has touched with his sincerity, intelligence, and humor. I hope you know he was beloved by so many.

  5. I had the honor of knowing and working with Stan at Simon’s Rock. He was a prince among men and without equal. My condolences to his family and many friends.

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