Kenneth Farrell

Obituary of Kenneth D. Farrell

Kenneth Farrell was a selfless and caring man who cherished his family. He was kind and generous with his time in helping others. His relationships with his family and friends were precious to him, and he always put them before himself. His grandchildren gained his moral compass as they watched Grandpa try to make the world a better place. Ken epitomized the true gentlemen. Kenneth was the youngest of 13 children growing up in the Black Rock area of Buffalo. While going through school Ken won the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation Award Gold Medal. He was on the swim team, captained the cheerleading squad, and was President of the Honor Society. Following graduation from Hutch Tech High School, Kenneth served in the United States Army and returned home to marry his high school sweetheart Sandy. He and Sandy were married for sixty-three years. They considered each other the love of their life and each others’ best friend. Together, they had five children and now have ten grandchildren. To support his family, Ken began a 43-year career with the Erie County Health Department. He retired as an administrator and to better the communities helped institute various programming and services into all areas of the City of Buffalo and Erie County. He also was a creative and expert jewelry setter for many top companies around the Buffalo area. Kenneth was a precision craftsman and built his own house at the age of twenty-four, where he and his family created decades of memories. As his children grew up, he was a Cub Scout leader and often helped with Girl Scouts. When his younger daughter was four, Ken and Sandy enrolled at Medaille College, and they completed their degrees with high honors while working and raising their family. Kenneth was artistically talented in many ways and particularly enjoyed landscape painting. Family members cherish the pieces he has gifted them for their homes. From his mother Helen, Ken inherited a love of flowers and gardens, and with Sandy, they created a beautiful backyard. A central feature was the pool which served as a favorite spot for having fun with the grandchildren as they grew. His grandchildren delighted in visits with their grandparents, and he was dubbed Milkshake Papa. Fond memories were created during annual family trips given as Christmas gifts. His children and grandchildren loved his artistic flairs. Ken adorned the envelopes of the grandchildren’s birthday cards that they loved receiving every year. Those who love him will deeply miss the twinkle in his eye when he smiled, his humor, and his steady, easy manner. Kenneth will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to his family and community. He will be missed for the love and care he showed every day. Farrell, Kenneth D., 82, of Derby, NY, passed January 22, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of 63 years of Sandra (nee Stubbe) Farrell; cherished father to Elizabeth (James) Lorentz, Matthew (Kelly), Kenneth J. (Julie), Andrew (Natalia Owsiany), and Jennifer Farrell; adored grandfather of Ian (Christina Riccio) McCuen, Brian (Alex Byrd), Nolan (Savannah), Meg (Charles Hahn) McCuen, Colin (Caroline Bullock), Celeste, Luke (Lauren Covetta), Claire (Malcolm Doepke), Emma, and Grace. Ken was the youngest of 13 children to the late Francis and Helen Farrell. He is survived by his brother, Edward (late Bernice), and his siblings-in-law, Virginia Farrell and Kenneth Fellner. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. He is predeceased by Elizabeth (Edward) Dale, Virginia (Earle) Smith, Eleanor (Lynn) Wickham, Bernard (Elsie), John (Lora), William, Harriet Nuchereno, Marianne (Steven) Olick, Kathleen Fellner, James (Teresa), Alma (Peter) Andreana, his father and mother-in-law, James and Clarice Stubbe, and his sister-in-law Sharon (Ronald) Hettich. Kenneth worked for the Erie County Health Department for 43 years, where he retired as an administrator. He also worked as an independent jewelry setter for leading jewelry manufacturers in Buffalo, designed jewelry and owned his own business, Kendra Designs. Kenneth was an artist who enjoyed painting landscapes, as well as an accomplished craftsman, who designed and built his own home at the age of 24. Kenneth was a dedicated veteran of the U.S. Army. He also served his community with the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts for 10 years, and was a CCD instructor for St. Vincent de Paul Church. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Medaille College. Kenneth was known by all to be the consummate true gentleman, and blessed this world with his integrity, character, humor, and love for all. Friends may visit on Friday, January 28th from 3-8PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075. Prayers at the funeral home will be held Saturday, January 29th at 10:15AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM at St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View, NY 14085. Entombment at Lakeside Cemetery will follow the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Buffalo City Mission, or a charity of your choice. For online condolences and donations, please visit www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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Friday
28
January

Visiting Hours

3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, January 28, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Saturday
29
January

Prayers

10:15 am
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Saturday
29
January

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Saturday, January 29, 2022
St. John Paul II
2052 Lakeview Road
LakeView, New York, United States
716-627-2910

Entombment

Lakeside Cemetery
4973 Rogers Rd.
Hamburg, New York, United States