Mt. Pleasant man dies 2 weeks after losing wife
Although they grew up “across the pond” from each other, George Farrell and his wife, Pat, were as close as a husband and wife could be.
The couple met in Pat Farrell’s native England while George was in the Air Force. They got married in 1960 and lived all over the world — wherever his military career took him. They raised two daughters and doted on their grandchildren.
“I don’t remember them doing anything apart, except when he went golfing,” said his daughter, Kim Gidaro.
Mr. Farrell lost his wife two weeks ago and felt lost without her, she said.
“He was so heartbroken when my mom passed. It was hard for him,” Gidaro said.
George “Sonny” Vieto Farrell Jr. of Manor, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 — two weeks to the day after his wife died. He was 81.
Born in Mt. Pleasant on March 30, 1938, he was the son of the late George Sr. and Antonetta (Mongelluzzo) Farrell. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School and enlisted in the Air Force, where he served for 20-25 years as an electrician.
Over the course of his military career, Mr. Farrell was stationed in Spain, England, New Zealand and Morocco, as well as Colorado and New York, his daughter said.
“My parents loved New Zealand. We liked it until I and my sister got into middle and high school,” Gidaro said.
The family returned to Western Pennsylvania, and Mr. Farrell worked as an Air Force recruiter in Penn Hills. He retired from the military and went into business for himself as a recruiter of doctors for hospitals.
Mr. Farrell succeeded in his second career largely through his gregarious nature and his people skills, Gidaro said.
“He had the gift of gab. He was very good at talking to people. If you needed advice, he gave it to you,” she said.
He enjoyed life in retirement as a grandfather, a handyman and a golfer, she said.
Mr. Farrell is survived by his daughters, Kim Gidaro and her husband, Pete, of Harrison City and Karen Farrell of Greensburg; three grandchildren; and a sister and brother.
Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Galone-Caruso Funeral Home, 204 Eagle St., Mt. Pleasant.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter .