Webster/Northbridge...Donald F. Farrand, 77, of Webster, passed away peacefully in his home on December 14, 2018, with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of 29 years to Carol A. (Smith) Farrand. Donald was born in Portland, ME, a son to the late Robert and Lillian (Philbrook) Farrand. He attended Northbridge Public Schools and spent much of his adult life in the Northbridge area prior to relocating to Webster with Carol.
Donald worked 42 years at COZ Chemical, Inc of Northbridge, many of which he served as production foreman. He enjoyed taking Carol on spontaneous road trips to Maine or stopping along roadside yard sales they happened upon while driving. Card games with his sisters were a favored pastime and Donald looked forward to his daily Pitch game at the Webster Senior Center. Dining out, most especially their “Wednesday date nights” with his beloved granddaughter Jenn and husband Ron, brought pleasure to Donald. Above all, Donald cherished the time spent with his family.
Fighting numerous health battles earned Donald the title of “Miracle Man” and having “Nine Lives”. He was a strong man, one not afraid to take on each challenge he faced. Donald looked forward to proving his doctors wrong and was so proud to have graduated off of hospice.
Donald will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife; four daughters, Lisa Farrand of St. Petersburg, FL, Donna Verrier and husband Larry of Whitinsville, Pamela Laferriere of Cranston, RI, and Denise Skowronski and husband Rob of Douglas; five stepdaughters, Brenda Starr and husband Dan, Holly Laflamme and husband Eric, Bonnie Peoples and husband Don, Lyn Meszaro and husband Timothy, and Dawn Blanchette. He also is survived by 26 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Barbara Karagosian of Whitinsville, Patricia Zizileuskas of Delaware, Beverly Labrecque of Florida and Debra True and husband Kenneth of Whitinsville. Donald was preceded in death by his twin brother, Ronald, and two stepsons, Michael and Barry Anderson.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 20th, from 6-8pm, at Carr Funeral Home, 24 Hill Street, Whitinsville. A memorial service for Don will be on Friday, December 21st, at 2pm at the United Church of Christ, 4 Church Street, Webster.
The Farrand family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and caring staff of Reliant Medical Group, St. Vincent Hospital, and the Salmon Hospice Team. They also respectfully ask that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s or the American Heart Association.