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Patrick M. Farrell, 52, of California, Md., formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died Feb. 6, 2012, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown.
He was born April 6, 1959, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Joseph G. and Elizabeth “Betty” Mayer Farrell of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
In his youth he was a member of Cub Scout Pack 43 and Boy Scout Troop 43 at St. Nicholas Church. He was a 1977 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School, where he was a member of the High School Band. He formerly served as a lector, Eucharistic minister and member of the adult choir at St. Aloysius Church. He was also formerly employed as a supervisor at McDonald’s Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army serving as an intelligence specialist. He later attended college at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, graduating in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in theology. Later that year, he joined St. Mary’s Ryken (SMR) High School in Leonardtown, where he began a 10 year adventure of enlightening students both spiritually and academically. He loved working with students. He was the quintessential teacher: the educator, the mentor, the coach, the moderator and the advocate. He dedicated his life to benefit, whether it was through “Friday Night Flicks” to provide a place for teens to gather in a positive environment to “Road Trip,” where he led bus loads of students to an away basketball game to cheer on the team. His focus and essence was the students. He singularly developed a project based program to help his 11th graders better understand morality and social justice issues through hands-on involvement. As the Future Business Leader of America moderator, he strived to make the club the best in the state. He has touched the lives of thousands of students. His tireless service to teaching and his selfless example inspired both his peers and students alike to live the Xaverian values of humility, trust, zeal, compassion and simplicity. His deep faith and strong religious foundation has made him the rock for many needing a listening ear and advocate for the unprotected and needy. His legacy of service, protecting the marginalized and his zeal for life will live forever in the hearts of many.
He is survived by his parents; sister, Dorothy “Dottie” Povilaitis and her husband, Edward, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; brother, Joseph W. Farrell and his wife, Mary Jean, Hampton, Va.; nieces, Betty Jo Niemkiewicz and her husband, Brian, Gina Povilaitis and her fiancee, Cody Kyttle; and grandnephews, Gavin Fincke, Tristan Niemkiewicz and Edward James Kyttle.
Family received friends Feb. 9 at the funeral home.
Funeral services were Feb. 10 at Nat and Gawlas Funeral Home in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hanover Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.