|Birth: ||Jan. 28, 1974|
|Death: ||Jan. 28, 2005|
Associated PressWEYMOUTH, Mass. — Marine Sgt. Andrew K. Farrar Jr., who re-enlisted after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, died Friday on his 31st birthday while on patrol in Iraq, his father said Sunday.The Weymouth native, scheduled to return home to his wife and two young sons in three weeks, was electrocuted when he ran into a high-voltage wire on patrol in Anbar province in western Iraq, said Andrew Farrar Sr.Farrar nearly returned to civilian life in 2001 and took the police civil service exam to prepare for a career in law enforcement.Then came Sept. 11.“He was scheduled to discharge a month later,” his father said. “He re-enlisted after 9-11 to serve because he knew others wouldn’t be able to serve. His whole approach was selfless.”The family planned to travel to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Monday for a military funeral. A service in Weymouth was being planned for later this week.Farrar’s wife, Melissa, was his high school sweetheart at Weymouth High School. They married in 1996 and he joined the Marines a year later. They have two sons, Tyler, 6, and Liam, 2.Farrar was on his second tour of duty in Iraq. He led his squad of young Marines during fierce fighting in Fallujah last year.“He was profoundly patriotic,” his father said. “We’re proud of him and we’re proud of all service men and women.”Farrar, who was the oldest of four children, is the third Massachusetts native killed in Iraq this month, and at least the 26th overall since April 2003.
Sgt. Andrew Kevin Farrar Jr.
Of Jacksonville, NC, formerly of Weymouth, died on his 31st birthday, Jan. 28, 2005, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, while serving his country. Beloved husband of Melissa V. (Xayavong) Farrar. Loving father of Tyler Andrew & Liam Patrick Farrar. Devoted son of Andrew K. Sr. & Claire M. (Gaudiano) Farrar of Weymouth. Brother of Jason M. & his wife Jillene Farrar, Nathan P. Farrar and Bethany L. Farrar all of Weymouth. Grandson of Ralph B. and Joanne Farrar of Weymouth, Eileen C. Gaudiano of Weymouth and the late Edward J. Gaudiano. Son In Law of William and Onechang Workman of Weymouth and Bruce Xayavong of Las Vegas. Loving uncle of Luke A. Farrar. Also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Visiting hours in the NORTH WEYMOUTH McDonald Funeral Home, at 40 Sea St. (off Rte 3-A) Friday from 3:00-8:00 P.M. Funeral Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church, South Weymouth at 10:00 A.M. Relatives & friends invited. Interment, Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Andrew's memory to the Sgt. Andrew K. Farrar Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o South Shore Savings Bank, 1530 Main St., South Weymouth, MA 02190.
Published in the Boston Globe on 2/3/2005.
Melissa V Xayavong Farrar (1977 - 2011)*
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Record added: Feb 03, 2005
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