Age 90, passed away very beautifully and peacefully on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in the Jeanne Jugan Residence at Little Sisters of the Poor in Newark, Delaware adored and surrounded by his daughters, Diane Theresa Lex, Kathleen Theresa Farren, and son-in-law Michael Lex, as well as the amazing nursing staff at “JJR” who called him “Poppop Ray”, after a battle with prostate cancer.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Walter was the son of the late Wilbur Cook and Mary Farren. Walter (Ray) was raised by his loving grandparents William B., Sr. and Bertha Elizabeth. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Coast Guard from February 1945 to May 1947, as a Seaman First Class Rescue Swimmer. He worked as a Wilmington fire fighter for 12 years before his retirement. He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus in the Bishop Monaghan Council. Walter was predeceased by the love of his life-wife whom he was married to for almost 60 years, Mary Saracino Farren, his brothers, Paul F., Joseph A. and William B., Jr. and his sister, Catherine “Kitty” Courtney.
Walter is survived by his children, Raymond P. Farren (Kandi) of Gatlinburg, TN, Diane Theresa Lex (Michael) of West Grove, PA, Kathleen Theresa Farren of Wilmington, DE and Jean E. Riley (Kevin) of Sparta, NJ; 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Interment will be held on Friday August 17th at 1PM at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the Sisters, staff and care givers at the Little Sisters, especially Mother Superior Margaret Regina as well as Heartland Hospice for their compassionate, loving care and support for Walter. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions directly to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713. Condolences may be made by visiting MealeyFuneralHomes.com.