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Richard J. Farnham, Jr., 65


Richard James Farnham, Jr., 65, of North Adams, died Monday morning, November 15, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born in Adams on February 5, 1956, a son of the late Richard J. Farnham Sr. and Betty Jane (Beaupre) Meyer. He attended Adams schools and graduated from Hoosac Valley High School with the Class of 1974, where he played baseball, basketball and soccer. He graduated from Berkshire Community College in 1976, and then attended James Madison University in Virginia. He played baseball at both colleges. He graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2001, earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. A standout athlete, Dick played baseball for the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League on the the Marysville Cosmos and Fredericton Grenada’s in Canada, both a part of the Philadelphia Phillies farm system. He also pitched for the James Madison University Dukes.

Dick worked as a case manager for the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department for 18 years, until retiring in April of this year. Earlier, he worked as an outreach counselor at the Brien Center, and still earlier had worked at the former North Adams Country Club, The Millhouses and the Pittsfield Pipers. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Adams. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Forest Park Country Club in Adams. He was a former member of the Mountain Club and Adams Turners.

Dick was active in youth sports for many years. He coached T-Ball in North Adams, and basketball for the North Adams Armory League. He coached youth soccer in Williamstown and had coached JV Baseball at Hoosac Valley High School. He also served as a referee for the North Adams Armory Basketball League. He enjoyed golfing, trips to Aruba and the casinos, watching sports and going to sporting events, going out to dinner, hanging out at his swimming pool, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially the time spent with his grandson, Grayson. Dick is survived by his wife, the former Jane Earl, whom he married on July 15, 1994; his son, Jared Sprague and his wife Alicia, of North Adams; his grandson, Grayson Sprague; his sister, Debbie Harrison of Adams; his mother-in-law, Janice Ramsdell and her husband, Dick, of North Adams; sisters-in-law Cheryl LaDouceur and her husband, Gordon, of Williamstown, and Katherine Quirk of North Adams; two aunts, Eleanor Robinson of Williamstown, and Dorothy Smith of Trenton, NJ; several nieces and nephews, two grandnieces and a grand nephew, as well as many cousins. Dick will always be remembered for his infectious smile. Dick’s family would like to thank the caregivers who helped Dick and his family during his illness, including Steve Hakes, Matt Trabold-Flanagan, Cindy DeBlois, Alicia Sprague, Jared Sprague, Debbie Harrison, Tom and Donna Kondel, Kit Foster, Donna Sadlowski, Jeff Kurpaska, Kathy Quirk, Mary Scanlon, Janice Ramsdell and Cheryl Bush, as well as the nurses and staff of Hospice Care in the Berkshires and the Berkshire Visiting Nurses Association.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, at 11:00 AM in the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams. Pastor David Anderson, of the First Baptist Church of North Adams will officiate. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery, North Adams. Calling hours will be Monday, Nov. 22nd, from 4 until 7 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, PO Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574 ( or to the ALS Association – MA Chapter, 685 Canton St. Norwood, MA 02062 ( To leave a message of condolence, or for directions, please go online to


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May he Rest In Peace. Sending thoughts and hugs to the entire family.
from: Wendy Roberton: 11-24-2021

Peace Love n Light~
from: carol trudeauon: 11-23-2021

Jane I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. God Bless you and your family.
from: Kim M Clarkon: 11-23-2021

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and thoughts.
from: Maureen Catelotti on: 11-23-2021

Jane and family and his dear friends, What a great couple you and Dick made. Everyone could tell how much you loved each other. I know he fought a great battle. I am so very sorry for your loss.
from: Diana Tafton: 11-22-2021

I was a young teacher at Hoosac Valley High School when Dick was a student. I remember him fondly and send condolences to his family.
from: Tom Molloyon: 11-22-2021

Jane & family, I am so sorry for your loss! Sending prayers and strength to you all through these difficult times!
from: Robin Grandchampon: 11-22-2021

So sorry for everyone's loss. Rest in peace Dickie
from: Scott Royon: 11-22-2021

So sorry to hear of Dickys passing , he was a great friend of my brothers and I , remember the good times . RIP my friend
from: Keith Bushon: 11-22-2021

We are both so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family.
from: Pat and Dan Spragueon: 11-21-2021

Oh Jane, so sorry about Dick! He put up a good fight and is no longer suffering. Take comfort in the fact you were the best wife and friend he could ever have, helping him through this horrible disease.
Love to you
Jean Fitzpatrick ❤️
from: on: 11-21-2021

Oh Jane, so sorry about Dick! He put up a good fight and is no longer suffering. Take comfort in the fact you were the best wife and friend he could ever have, helping him through this horrible disease.
Love to you
Jean Fitzpatrick ❤️
from: on: 11-21-2021

Sorry for your loss to you and your family and Debbie
from: From Annie and Peter Tomylon: 11-21-2021

I was incarcerated for a bit at BCHC. Dick was a good man and helpful to those that he could and would do anything for. My sincerest condolences to all the family.
from: Sam Wassilieon: 11-21-2021

Jane & Family, So sorry for your loss. May all your memories help you through this difficult time.
from: Willie Gajdaon: 11-20-2021

Jane, We are so sorry for you loss. Our deepest condolences. Alan and Nancy Giorgi
from: on: 11-20-2021

Rest peacefully, Dickie...
from: Herman Bishopon: 11-20-2021

Jane so sorry to hear about your husband passing away. I send out my condolences to the whole family. I did not know him but knew Eleanor real good when she used to come up to Fish Pond with Betty. I will keep him in prayer.
from: wendy levesqueon: 11-20-2021

Jane and family. I am so sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I have so many memories from the times we spent together. The love and support he had, was a testament to the life he lived and the friendships he had. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you cherish the memories.
from: Dave Blanchette on: 11-20-2021

Debbie and Family, So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful write up about your brother. Now, he is at peace. No more dreadful disease.
Sunny and MJ O'Brien
from: Mary Jane O'Brienon: 11-19-2021

jane, i am so sorry for the loss of your husband. i didn't know him but reading about the support is incredible.
god bless.
from: tracey LeSage wojcikon: 11-19-2021

Was so saddened by this, although he has had a rough road. May the memories bring you peace and happiness. The infectious smile, the warm heart, the friendliness to everyone and the love he nurtured to everyone in life is a testimony to what a wonderful man he was. My deepest sympathies and much love ❤️
from: Terraon: 11-19-2021

Jane and Jared,so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.
from: Don Pecoron: 11-19-2021

Sympathies to the family. Sincerely, Marshal and Kate Harrington.
from: Marshal Harringtonon: 11-19-2021

Dear Jane and family, we are so sad to find out Dick has passed. He was the most engaging person to talk to and a dedicated father and husband. His smile and laughter lit up a room and you could always relate to his upbeat attitude. Wishing you all a peacefull transition to accepting him being gone.
from: Anna & John Senecalon: 11-19-2021

Jane and family,
My prayers and thoughts are with you, god speed.
from: Mary Lou Levanoson: 11-19-2021

Jared and Alicia I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
Aunt Bonnie
from: Bonnie Demerson: 11-19-2021

Jane I am so sorry for your loss. Dick was a great man. May he rest in peace.
from: Beth Collier Bramanon: 11-19-2021