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Ernie A. Farrar

February 4, 1943 July 7, 2021
Ernie A. Farrar
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Saint Albans – Ernest Arthur Farrar, “The Dean of Broadcasting” was born February 4th 1943, to Ernest and Lillian Farrar for Newport Vt. Ernie was one of eight siblings and graduated from Newport High school. He then went on to continue his education in Florida with degree in radio engineering.

Ernie was a man with 3 passions - Radio, Boxing and his Family (in that order).

Ernie is best known as the voice of AM 620 WVMT radio. He had an on-air career extending over 5 decades of service to the radio community in which he proudly never missed a day in 49 years due to illness. “If I can put my feet on the floor, I can get my ass out the door”. Just try taking a sick day from school with your father having that work ethic. Countless times he would park his car at the end of Ernie Farrar Dr. and walk the half mile to the station because of snow storms and even ice storms. Nothing stopped his dedicated service of getting news and weather to his people. Two of his personal highlights of his career were hosting the award-winning racing show “The Inside Groove” and his live weekly broadcasting from Catamount stadium in Milton, also proving reports for a NASCAR radio network. Throughout Ernie’s career at WVMT he worked alongside a few greats themselves. Greg Mumley, John Hill and Charlie Papillo. In 2018, both Charlie and Ernie retired from on air life after 20 years together.

Somehow if you didn’t know Ernie from the Radio then you knew him as the director of the Vermont Golden Gloves Boxing. For 42 years, Ernie would spend 8 months of each year getting ready for a tournament the lasted 3 short weekends. He received the Ralph Lapointe award in 2007 for helping to shape the Vermont athletic scene through the years.

Ernie most recently started to dive back into his Ham Radio hobby. With the help of John Baraby, they invaded a corner of Sherry’s craft room to set up his radios. W1EF was once again reaching people from around the world on the airwaves.

In Ernie’s little free time, he loved spending summers on the golf course where no sand trap or water hazard was safe. The winds were on his side 9/5/04 when he got his first witnessed hole in one. Fishing the back streams for trout or camping with Sherry were always a favorite. The last few summers Ernie would wait for an invitation for a day of fishing on his son’s boat. He’d say “I’ll need to think about it” but almost forget his hat rushing out the door. Even watching his pole go overboard with a big fish on the other end never dampened his spirits. Spring time brought Ernie to visit “Donnie’s sugar house” in amazement of how sugaring in Vermont has grown and changed over the years. Where many stories were told and big world problems never got solved.

Ernie was inducted into both the Vermont Radio Hall of Fame and The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame for both his on air talents and the hard work and dedication to the sport of boxing. Ernie’s love for the outdoors was demonstrated by over 16 years as a Vt Hunter Education Instructor teaching firearm safety and hunter etiquette to hundreds of Vermonters. Ernie was also on the board for the Vermont Maple Festival and a proud member of the Masonic Lodge in St. Albans

Ernie’s 3rd passion and most importantly to him was his family. Whether it be his wife, kids, grand kids or great grand kids, brothers and sisters countless nieces and nephews or the friends that became family Ernie loved them all. Ernie was to say the least a jokester. If Ernie liked you at all then some type of joke or gag was coming your way. No person nor event was safe like his Daughter Amy’s wedding, walking her down the aisle with a banner on his back saying “FINALLY”. Ernie was a man full of love for his family and friends.

In 1962, Ernie married Joan Elliot having two children, Becky and Tony. In 1994, Ernie married his soulmate, Sherry, graciously gaining three more children of his own Amy, Rachel and Michael. Most recently in 2016, Ernie and Sherry adopted their great grandchild, Haven who is now 14.

Ernie is preceded in death by his mother and father and all but one sibling, his first wife Joan, and numerous close family members.

Ernie is survived by his 99-year-old sister, Elsie, wife, Sherry- children, Becky, Tony & Heather, Amy & (Poor) Fred, Rachel & Joe, Michael & Jamie and Haven, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, as well as a large extended family.

Throughout Ernie’s exciting 78 years of life, he gained many lifelong friends to include Ed & Maureen Patterson, “The Palmer Boys’, Jim & Mary Pelkey, brothers, Michael & Donnie Richards, Linda & Ken Stell, Donald and Shirley Bailey, John Baraby and countless others.

Ernie’s family will receive friends on Thursday, July 22nd, 2021, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.

A Celebration of Ernie’s life will be held on Friday, July 23rd, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Collins-Perley Sports Complex, 890 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, hosted by Ernie’s radio co-host, Charlie Papillo.

In lieu flowers, those who wish to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider a donation to the Residential Treatment Program, Washington County Mental Health Services, 885 South Barre Road, Barre, Vermont 05670.

Honored to be serving Ernie’s family is the Heald Funeral Home, where messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

22

Jul

4:00 PM 7/22/2021 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/22/2021 7:00:00 PM
Heald Funeral Home

87 South Main Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Heald Funeral Home
87 South Main Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

Celebration of Life

Friday

23

Jul

11:00 AM 7/23/2021 11:00:00 AM
Collins-Perley Sports Complex

890 Fairfax Road
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Collins-Perley Sports Complex
890 Fairfax Road Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

Memorial Contribution

Residential Treatment Program,

Washington County Mental Health Services
885 South Barre Road,
Barre, VT 05670
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