Walter John Farr, Jr.

Walter John Farr, Jr., 76, of Bakersfield, Calif., passed away in his sleep on February 2, 2011, after months of battling kidney cancer. He was born on August 24, 1934 (delivered by his father, in his home), in Teaneck, N.J., to Dr. Walter John and Dorothy Farr, Sr.

Walt is survived by his four children, Christina, Cyndee, Cathi and Brian; his sister, Sibyl; and brother-in-law, Chuck. His family grew to include sons-in-law, Jim and Pat; daughter-in-law, Edelma; 11 grandchidlren, Christy, James, Nathan, Chelsey, Kyle, Camrin, Kayla, Alex, Allyson, Kirk Jr., and Parker; eight nieces and nephews; 13 great-nices and nephews; and one great-great-niece.

Walt had a special relationship with every one of his grandchildren. He took time to make relationships a major priority in his life. He loved to bowl, walk his dogs, play cribbage with the grandchildren, do crossword puzzles and travel if it involved connecting with family. He found something unique about each person that he met that helped him connect with them in a special way. He had an uncanny way of making anyone he came in contact with feel like they were important and could make a difference in this world. There was always a lot of joking and laughter surrounded by Walt. If you met him, you never forgot him.

Walt came to Calif., at the age of 24. He was in the Army fot two years, where he served as a major. He received an honorable discharge. He then went to work for GE Telephone as a network construction supervisor. He was with GE for 30 years. After a forced retirement, he moved to Ashland, Ore., where he drove a school bus for 20 years. He was very much loved by the students and in 2006, was voted "Favorite Bus Driver" in Ashland. His style was unique in that he would hand out Werther's candies (he called them power pills) to the atheletes before a game and Sacagawea dollars to all kids he met if they could spell Sacagawea (and even if they couldn't, as long as they got the first letter).

In 2009, walt decided to move to Bakersfield, Calif., to be closer to family. In July 2010, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He underwent surgery in September 2010, where it was delcared that the surgeon had removed all the cancer. Two months later the cancer returned and the battle was lost on February 2, 2011.

"My life's been full, I savored much;

Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;

Don't lengthen your pain with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and peace to thee,

God wanted me now-He set me free."

A celebration of life will be held March 14, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., at Bashan Funeral Care, 3312 Niles St., Bakersfield, CA. 661-873-8200. In place of cards or flowers, memories for the family memorial book can be recorded at www.caringbridge.org/visit/waltfarr.