H. Louis Farmer, Jr.
February 6, 1915 - August 14, 2013
H. Louis Farmer, Jr., 98, of Haverhill passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013. He was born February 6, 1915 in Tewksbury, MA, son of the late H. Louis and Caretta (Kenney) Farmer. He attended the Tewksbury Public Grammar Schools was a graduate of Lowell High School Class of 1932, attended Boston University College of Business Administration and graduated from the New England School of Embalming and Funeral Directing.
He became associated with his father as an apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1932 in Tewksbury. Together they expanded to Ayer, MA in the fall of 1932 when they acquired the E.C. Page Funeral Home. Mr. Farmer became a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1936 and the firm name was changed from H. Louis Farmer to H. Louis Farmer & Son. In 1941, they purchased Kimball, Hall & Loomis Funeral Service, which was located in Central Square Bradford. Mr. Farmer moved to Haverhill in 1945 and the Kimball, Hall & Loomis name was changed to H. L. Farmer & Son and the location of the funeral home was changed to its present location at 106 Summer St. In 1965, he purchased the O'Toole and Sullivan Funeral Home at 210 South Main St. Bradford which the firm now operates under the name of H.L. Farmer & Sons Bradford Funeral Home. Mr. Farmer was the President and Treasurer of H.L. Farmer & Sons of Haverhill and Bradford. He was also Treasurer of the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home of Tewksbury. His firms are members by invitation of National Selected Morticians (now Selected Independent Funeral Homes) and he served on the Board of Directors from 1974-1977 and was elected Secretary/Treasurer from 1976-1977. He was also a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church and a Trustee of the Ministerial Funds of the Baptist Religious Society, former Chairman of the Prudential Committee at the Church. Mr. Farmer was a past master of Merrimack Lodge F. & A.M. of Haverhill, a member of Wamesit Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Tewksbury, the York and Scottish Rite Bodies and the Aleppo Temple Shrine of Boston and also a member of Fidelity Chapter #90 O.E.S. of Haverhill.
Mr. Farmer was Director of the former Whittier Co-operative Bank later merging with Haverhill Bank serving again as a Director. He was a former General Chairman of the Greater Haverhill Community Chest and a Campaign Co-Chairman of the Greater Haverhill Red Cross, where he had been a former member of the Executive Committee. He was a Legion of Honor member of the Haverhill Kiwanis Club, where he served as President in 1951 and was a member for nearly 75 years. He was a former member of the Hale Hospital Trustees and was the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award from the Haverhill Bar Association in 1968, and was a longtime member and Past President of the Haverhill Golf & Country Club, where he won the B Division Championship in 1946. Mr. Farmer was a longtime member of the Haverhill Monday - Evening Club and the Elmore Associates. Mr. Farmer served on the committee that was instrumental in bringing Northern Essex Community College to Haverhill.
In his early years, he was elected Town Clerk of Tewksbury serving from 1937-1940. He was also Clerk of the Board of Registrars of that town from 1937-1940. He was a past master of Lowell Chapter Order of DeMolay, a DeMolay Legion of Honor and he was a State Master Counselor in 1936.
He was the beloved husband of the late Audrey T. (Cameron) Farmer who died Dec. 3, 1998 and is survived by his four children Henry L. “Hank” Farmer, III and his wife Verlinda G. “Linda” of Newburyport, Duncan C. “Deke” Farmer and his wife Brenda J. of Bradford, Michael Farmer and Martha S. of Richboro, PA and Wendy C. and her husband Jack B. Nienaber of Fort Thomas, KY, his dear companion of many years Bessie (Lathas) Vitas of Hampton, NH, ten grandchildren Henry L. Farmer, IV, Britt C. Farmer, Kelly C. Quevillon, Brian C. Farmer, Jamie C. Sweeney, Christopher M. Farmer, Amy C. Farmer, Cameron E. Nienaber, MD, Peter C. Nienaber, Esq. and Hannah C. Nienaber, thirteen great grandchildren Audrey Mae Quevillon, Caysie J. Quevillon, B. Cameron Farmer, Jr., Sophia T. Farmer, Mackenzie K. Farmer, Joshua M. Sweeney, Lucas T. Sweeney, Grace C. Sweeney, Henry L. Farmer, V, Lily A. Farmer, Olivia A. Farmer, Anna G. Farmer, and Jackson M. Farmer. He was also the brother of the late Janice Vose.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Service on Monday morning, August 19 at 10:00 at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St. Haverhill. Interment will follow in the Tewksbury Cemetery.
Calling hours at the Funeral Home will Sunday from 3-5 pm.
Contributions in his memory may be to the charity of the donor's choice.
VisitationCalling hours at the Funeral Home will Sunday from 3-5 pm.
ServicesRelatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Service on Monday morning, August 19 at 10:00 at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St. Haverhill.
IntermentInterment will follow in the Tewksbury Cemetery.
Doug Stone - firstname.lastname@example.orgIt is difficult to put in words how much of an influence Louis had upon my life. I began working fore Louis, Deke and Hank upon my graduation from embalming school in 1975. He was a great teacher and taught me so much about service to families at their time of need. At times he was like a second father. As I moved to various funeral homes during my career, he always followed my career with words of advice and encouragement. Even last year, when I saw him for the last time, his mind was as sharp as a tack, asking me about my family and the town of Winchendon and seemed so proud of me.
I can honestly say that I learned from one of the best. Thank you, Louis, for playing such an important part of my life.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, Winchendon
Heather & Allan Hills - email@example.comDear Deke, Brenda and Family,
Sending our deepest sympathy to you, Kelly, Brian, Jamie and the grandchildren.
What a wonderful life Mr Farmer lived. So many accomplishments and memories.
We are thinking of you and sending our love.
Heather & Allan
Heather & Allan
Sandra Wengel Brown - firstname.lastname@example.orgWhat a celebration of life, 98 years, well lived. The best to all of you whom I've known through the years. Your Mother also was a gracious wonderful woman and my Mother was fond of her.
Ted & Cheryl SanbornEvery time I think of Louis a big smile comes to my face. So many memories of caddying for the "foursome", Louis, Dad, Al, and Howard. The bantering and friendship was entertaining. Louis was such a gentleman. Now they are all together again at peace, "the magnificent foursome in the sky". My love to all of you, Ted
Gail and Steve DiPaceOur thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss Louis so much at Crown Colony, and we truly loved and enjoyed his friendship.
Gail and Steve DiPace
susan beckerHank, sincere sympathy in the loss of your dad. I am happy that you spent a little time this year in my neighborhood in Fla with him. Take care, Sue Becker
John Staples - email@example.comHank and Deke,
Marilyn and I were saddened to learn of your dad's passing. I remember him as a true gentleman and a fine example for those of us who grew up in Haverhill. May the Grand Architect grant him eternal rest.
-- John Staples
Lloyd E. Smith - firstname.lastname@example.orgHaving known Lou for over 60 years I am sure
he will be missed by all that knew him over his long life span. Last summer when we traveled up to Haverhill we ran into him and Bessie at
Applebee's and he remembered me which I thought was quite surprising at his age. Always enjoyed his company especially at Lodge Meetings and at his business. May He Rest In Peace In The House of Our Lord. Fairwell good and faithful servant.
Lloyd E. Smith
Punta Gorda, Fl
Dan Seaman - email@example.comMy deepest regret for your loss of Lou. As a young member of Kiwanis I knew Lou to be the Perfect Gentleman and always enjoying a good laugh. It is obvious he left his legacy and example of caring for others in his children and grandchildren. I know he will be sorely missed. I would certainly not miss the opportunity to pay my last respects but I am away until the 21st. My deepest sympathy to Deke and Family.
Kay Family - firstname.lastname@example.orgOur deepest condolences to family and friends.What a legacy he leaves.
King Davis - email@example.comOur best thoughts to the Farmer Family. Lou was a good friend and has left us all with a great heritage. Relatives visiting from around the country at the lake prohibits my attending his services.
To you and your family, sorry for your loss. He had an admirable life. You must be proud.
James TzitzonDeke, Brian and Family;
My deepest sympathies on your loss.
Neil Hazel - neilhazel@AOL.comOur sympathy to you and all the family. My God grant you understanding and peace throughout your grief. Truly, Neil and Jeanne Hazel
Linda Condon - firstname.lastname@example.orgI have such fond memories of Lou since I met him at Crown Colony Ocean Ridge Florida. He was so sharp with such an amazing sense of humor. His smiling face will be missed terribly. My condelances to his wonderful family who he was very proud of and to Bessie his amazing companion.
Lynne Tatian Lynch - Lynnelynch1@yahoo.comThe entire Lynch Family sends our warmest thoughts to all the Farmers. Louis was truly one in a million and a true loss to the community as well. To Deke, Hank, Michael, you had wonderful parents. My daughter remembers a day only a few years ago when Louis gave up a seat in the Dr.'s office to a woman 30 years younger. She came through the door boasting, " I love Louis', what a guy!" And then told me the story.
My condolences also go out to Bessie.
John & Mabel Walkinshaw - email@example.comMabel joins me Deke in expressing our sympathy at the passing of your father.
john & Grace Miller - firstname.lastname@example.orgSeveral times during our friendship you talked about your Dad.Never met him,but we feel like knew him .Brenda and Deke & familly please accept our condolences.Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.....John & Grace Miller
Kalister M. Green-Byrd - Kalister2@msn.comFamily of H. Louis Farmer, Jr.
Please take comfort from knowing how much love and happiness your father/grandfather gave to others during his lifetime. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of lost
John W. Ford - email@example.comTo the Farmer Family:
My deepest sympathy on your Dad's passing. He was a true gentleman and a credit to his profession. I always enjoyed talking with him at the many NFDA and "NSM" conventions and group meeting that I attended over the years.
Although he is absent from you now, I know he will live on in your hearts for ever.
John W. Ford, CFSP
Alderson Funeral Homes, Inc. of Connecticut
Dave Prescott - Davidsprescott@comcast.netLouie will be sorely missed. The country club won't be the same. My condolences to the entire Farmer family but especially to 'Dad' Hank Farmer and my friend Deke. God Bless you all.
Nick and Callie SamarasOur very deepest sympathy with your loss. Louie was a tremendous asset to our community - we will all miss him. Sending our thoughts and prayers from Maine.
Nick and Callie Samaras
Peter J Carter - firstname.lastname@example.orgDeke, Hank, I'm sorry for not leaving my address & number in the signing book. I have to say it I never saw so many people in that house before. I told the people behind me that I don't think of the house as a funeral parlar as I do a home/ when I think back to when we played throughout the house. 2 mechanic, st. merrimac, ma. 01860 / 978-457-3033. Your friend Pete & Jane
Bill & Sue Crounse - email@example.comHank, Linda, + family:
Ours thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. What a long and wonderful life he lived.
May your memories bring you comfort and smiles!
Sylvia Epstein Kupferman - Sylvia@kupferman.comI feel saddened by the loss oh Louis Farmer. My family new him well over many Years. My Dad especially felt close to Lou. Please know many will remember his kindnesses. I certainly will.
Diane Boulanger-Prescott - firstname.lastname@example.orgI met Louis as a small child through our church. In all my years of spending time with him at community events, in business, at HCC, and through the death of my dear Dad, Louis is one of the kindest people I have had the honor of knowing. Louis was humble and rich in family, faith, and friends, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The Farmer Family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Fondly, Diane Boulanger-Prescott & Family
Ed HartmannMy deepest sympathy to the family. He was a well liked and well respected man and will be missed by many.
Fran & Daryl Dolfe - email@example.comTo the entire Farmer Family,
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad, a true gentleman and a joy to know. We will remember his warm smile and engaging personality, and will miss seeing him at HCC.
Fran and Daryl Dolfe
Don Merchant - firstname.lastname@example.orgI did not know the parents of most of my childhood friends,but I did know the father of "Hank" and "Deke" and it was with sorry I heard of the homegoing of their dad.
Please be assured I will be praying that God will give special comfort to you and your families at this time.
Gary Smith - email@example.comDear Deke, Brenda and all of the Farmer family,
We just recently learned of your dad's death. I have very fond memories of numerous conversations I had with your dad and mom. He was certainly a gentleman with keen knowledge and passion for our profession. It was evident by his contributions to so many organizations that he wanted to give back to his communities. He must have been so proud of the growth and the contributions made by all the Farmer family. Deke, you and Brenda always treated Barbara and I with dignity and respect which we appreciated, being just Mainers. We wish you the very best in health, always.