Robert J. Farnon age 78, died on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at home in Florida. Born in Paterson, he lived in Clifton and Wayne before retiring to Port St Lucie, FL. in 2002. He graduated from William Paterson College and remained close to the Paterson community. He served in the US Navy from 1956 to 1960.
He was a member of the Paterson Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors for over 20 years, having served as President and Chairman of the Board. In 1995 he was awarded the Frank J. Candari Memorial Award; in 2002 he received the Boys & Girls Club of America National Silver Medallion.
Mr. Farnon's career in banking extended over 40 years. He retired from Valley National Bank in 2002 as a First Senior Vice President. He was a past member of the NJ Bankers Assoc., where he served as Chairman of the Consumer Credit Committee. He was also a member of the Eastern States Monetary Assoc. and served as Chairman. He was a long time member of the Charter Club of Paterson and had served as President and Chairman. Mr. Farnon was a past member of Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, and the PGA Country Club in Port St. Lucie, FL. He was also an active volunteer at the PGA Historical Museum in Port St. Lucie.
Mr. Farnon is survived by his loving and devoted wife Sharon (Stevenson); three daughters: Catherine Mendel, Donna Gedra (Stephen) and Kristin Szieber (Joseph) and 10 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, 4 brothers, 4 sisters and one daughter, Suzanne Farnon Walker.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the funeral home with a service at 7:30 p.m.
Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mr. Farnon's name to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.