FARRELL, Dennis W. L. “Bones”
September 12, 1937 - October 4, 2021
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a father, brother, friend and neighbour, just three weeks after his 84th birthday. Bones died peacefully, in his home, exactly as he wanted to leave us. We take solace he is dancing again in heaven with the love of his life, Marlene, who predeceased him in December 2014, after 54 years of marriage. Bones will be lovingly remembered by his son Carver (Karen Purdy), daughter Charlene (Rob) Vaughn, grandchildren Anika and Ian Farrell, brothers and sisters Lorraine, Ewart, Donna, Beverly, Kenny and Richard and dozens of nieces and nephews. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Leonard and Margaret and his older brother Laurie (2020). He was born on the homestead near Elfros, SK and his family, after several moves settled in Moose Jaw. He attended Moose Jaw Technical High School (Peacock) where he excelled at sports, specifically basketball. Bones met Marlene at the U of S Huskies High School Invitational Basketball tournament in 1955 and they married in 1960 and made their home in Sutherland. In 1958, Bones joined SaskTel where he worked in several areas but is most fondly remembered by many there as the head of the Saskatoon staffing department where he was responsible for recruiting efforts throughout the 1980’s. He loved to travel. Bones & Marlene attended several World Curling Championships in Europe, TCTECA Annual Curling Championships throughout Canada & began an annual sojourn to Melaque, Mexico in 1999, and continued to collect lifelong friends throughout their travels. Bones stayed connected and any road trip, even just down the street, included visits along the way. Family, friends and travelling guests were always welcomed to his home. Bones loved his community and was an active volunteer. Following his retirement in 1993 his volunteer efforts accelerated. Organizations which benefited from his countless hours of service included Army Navy and Airforce Veterans, SaskTel Pioneers and Salvation Army Bell Ringers. Bones, like Marlene, attended St. Paul's United Church in his later years, connecting and serving with congregation members in their efforts in the neighbourhood. He was a real-life how-to search engine. He could fix anything and never hesitated to give people a hand. He absolutely adored his two favorite grandchildren and was extremely proud of their accomplishments. The family would like to thank Dr. Sami who provided cancer care to Dad in his final years. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic (20 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 4H4). A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021 at St. Paul’s United Church (454 Egbert Ave.) in Saskatoon. Masks are mandatory. The service will be live-streamed. Search St. Paul’s United Church Saskatoon on Facebook and YouTube. The link will be posted just prior to the event. Arrangements in care of Travis Minor – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.
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