John Farnell Obituary, Death – John R. Farnell, Jr., affectionately known as “Greyhound,” brought a distinctive warmth and spirit to the community of Mechanicville, and on November 10, 2023, at the age of 81, he peacefully departed from his earthly journey surrounded by the love of his family. This marks the end of a chapter in the life of a man who left an indelible mark on those who knew him, a man whose memory will be cherished by many. John’s legacy will be honored and celebrated on Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 3 to 6 pm at the Chase-Smith Family Funeral Homes, located at 319 Park Avenue, Mechanicville. Instead of flowers, the family kindly requests considering a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of John R. Farnell.
Following the formal services, a joyful celebration of John’s life will unfold at the Elks Lodge on Park Avenue. Born and raised on Elizabeth Street, John was more than just a resident of Mechanicville; he was a pillar of the community, a source of joy, and a friend to many. His nickname, “Greyhound,” speaks to the speed at which he embraced life, leaving a trail of laughter and camaraderie wherever he went. Throughout his 81 years, John wore many hats with grace and humor. His presence was felt in the day-to-day life of Mechanicville, and his departure leaves a void that will not easily be filled. Yet, in this moment of mourning, it is essential to reflect on the rich tapestry of experiences that defined John’s journey.
A family man at heart, John’s greatest joys were found in the company of his loved ones. Whether it was sharing stories around the dinner table or creating lasting memories during family gatherings, he reveled in the warmth of familial bonds. His home on Elizabeth Street was not just a house; it was a sanctuary of love, laughter, and shared moments that will echo through generations. The Chase-Smith Family Funeral Homes, where friends and family will gather to pay their respects, serves as a fitting backdrop for commemorating a life well-lived. This gathering space, symbolic in its own way, becomes a hub for collective remembrance, reflection, and the sharing of stories that capture the essence of John’s character.
John’s impact extended beyond his immediate family. As a vibrant member of the Mechanicville community, he touched the lives of neighbors, friends, and acquaintances. His friendly demeanor, quick wit, and genuine interest in others endeared him to all who had the pleasure of crossing paths with him. In honor of John’s memory, the family invites those who knew him to contribute their reflections and remembrances on the online platform www.chasesmithfamily.com.