John Joseph Farrelly, known to his loved ones as "Pappa John," passed away peacefully on June 7, 2023, at the age of 85 in Monterey, California. He was born on July 8,1937, in Newark, New Jersey, to his parents, who have preceded him in death.
John proudly served his country in the US Army from 1954 to 1957. He was also a member of Fort Mason Historical Society.After his militar y service, John worked for the Presidio of San Francisco where he first worked as a landscaper. He then worked for the City of Monterey Cemetery and was awarded many accolades for his dedication and hard work. He loved his job and took pride in his accomplishments as the longest tenured City employee of Monterey.
John had many hobbies, including tennis, collecting coins, art and horticulture.He was known for his green thumb and could often be found tending to his garden.
John is survived by his children, Tracey (Georg) Farrelly-Sims, Mary(John) Grajek, Eric Farrelly (Judy). Grand children Shalae, Thomas, Cameron, Simone, Nicholas,Karli,Richard.
Alexandria, and Anthony as well as great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his beloved Betty Janicki and his son, Jonathan Farrelly.
A memorial service will be held in honor of John, and updates will follow with further details.
John was a kind and loving man who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.