Dennis P. Farrell Jr., 41: Former Cheverus coach valued family, community

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PORTLAND — Dennis Patrick Farrell Jr., 41, of Great Diamond Island and Savannah, Ga., died May 22 at Maine Medical Center.

Born in Worcester, Mass., on Dec. 11, 1969, he graduated from Cheverus High School in 1988 and later received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Anselm College.

He served as director of admissions at Cheverus High School, where he also taught Latin and English and coached the boy’s varsity baseball team. Well-respected by his players, their parents and fellow coaches, he loved coaching, especially the Cheverus summer baseball camps, which he led with his longtime friend and fellow coach, Kevin Butterfield.

After Cheverus, he worked as a sales representative for Tosco Corporation and later for ConocoPhillips as a regional sales director. While he had a successful corporate career, he was the first to say he wasn’t a “corporate guy,” and preferred wearing flip-flops to loafers. Most recently he had planned on opening a business in Portland.

In 1994 he met his future wife Amy. She was his best friend, confidant, loving wife, and stepmother to his daughter Meghan.

The other love of his life was his daughter Meghan, and he cherished his time with her — from piñata birthday parties to weekends on the island.

Of all the places he lived, he loved Diamond Cove for the peacefulness of the island and the many friends he made there. He and his wife owned the General Store on the island and had planned to make Diamond Cove their permanent home.

He was known for picking up “kharma bread” from Standard Baking Company and passing out fresh baguettes to friends and strangers on the ferry heading out to the islands, or just leaving it on a neighbor’s porch.

An avid reader and independent thinker, he valued supporting local businesses and was a generous contributor to many local charities.

He also loved talking baseball, especially the Red Sox, with his father and friends, and taking his golden retriever, Samantha, swimming at Diamond Cove.

The family would like to extend an appreciation to the care and quick response provided by Chris Carman, the EMTs on the Portland Fireboat, and the staff at Maine Medical Center.

Surviving are his wife of 11 years, Amy Farrell; his daughter Meghan Farrell of Scarborough; his parents Dennis Sr., and Agnes Farrell of Gorham; three sisters, Kelly Dunn, her husband William, and their children, Anthony and Julie, all of Fairfield, Conn., Mary Beth Carion, her husband Joseph, and their children, Jennifer and Timothy, all of Scarborough, and Jennifer Polisner, her husband David and their children, Daniel and Joshua, all of Scarborough.

Memorial services were held last week.

Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.

Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Refuge League, 449 Stroudwater St., Westbrook, ME 04092.

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