SCARBOROUGH - Gerald "Jerry" Paul Farnsworth, of Westbrook, son of the late Edgar and Evelyn (Platts) Farnsworth, passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House at age 68, surrounded by his immediate family and many of his friends.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Laura Jones Farnsworth and their sons, Adam and Mark Farnsworth, both of Westbrook. Mark and his wife, Nichole, have two young children, Abigail and James. He also leaves his brother, Donald Farnsworth and his wife, Barbara of Florida; his niece, Nancy Farnsworth and her wife, Stacey of Colorado and his nephew, David Farnsworth of Florida. He will be fondly remembered by his brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Reneva Smith of Island Falls.
Jerry left high school to enter the Air Force; there he attended medical tech schools and served his enlistment as a veterinary specialist in a primate lab. He gathered data for the Apollo Project and other government research projects at Wright Patterson AFB.
Jerry achieved 40 years of sobriety through participation in 12 step programs and from the continuity of many friendships that grew from that time in his life. He served as an officer of the Island Falls Fish and Game Club for many years. He enjoyed participation in snowmobile clubs, deep sea fishing tourneys and Island Falls Free Wheelers. He coached successful recreational basketball teams, assisted with Westbrook Little League and Senior League Baseball and enthusiastically supported his boys, neighborhood children and other kids who worked to develop skills in their athletic endeavors from soccer to wrestling.
Jerry planned and built a camp in an out of the way spot in the Maine woods. He rebuilt several houses and enjoyed creating and maintaining landscapes. Most recently he acquired antique snowmobiles and ATV's to rebuild and restore.
Please visit www.advantageportland.com to sign Jerry's guestbook and to leave memories and condolences for the family.
A celebration of life will be held in each of two locations, Westbrook and Island Falls, with details to follow through social media.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of time or money to your local animal rescue shelter.