Joseph A. Farland Jr., who lived for many years in Teaticket, died on Christmas at Bridges by EPOCH assisted living community in Mashpee. He was 87.
He was the husband of Jane D. Farland. They were married at St. Elizabeth Church on Martha’s Vineyard on April 18, 1955.
The son of Irene and Joseph A. Farland Sr., he was raised in Oak Bluffs and was graduated from Martha’s Vineyard High School.
Mr. Farland was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He retired in 1973 with the rank of master sergeant and received the Bronze Star Medal for his actions in the Vietnam War.
He worked for Warren Hansen’s Office Supply in Osterville, repairing office machines for many years.
Mr. Farland also worked for the Falmouth Fire Department as a call fireman for 23 years. He earned his paramedic certification in 1985 and in February of 1989 he was honored with the Paramedic of the Year award from the Cape and Islands Emergency Medical Services System Inc. for his continuing dedication to emergency medical services.
He was a former volunteer in the emergency room at Falmouth Hospital.
An article that was published in the Enterprise in June 2005 reported that the Farlands had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Washington, DC, where they spent their honeymoon. The couple received a papal blessing from the late Pope John Paul II, presented by the Reverend William M. Costello. They also joined their family to celebrate the milestone with dinner at Oysters Too.
Mr. Farland served as a Eucharistic minister at St. Anthony’s Church in East Falmouth, where he and his wife also belonged to the St. Anthony’s Couples Club.
In addition to his wife of 65 years, he leaves four children, Charlene M. Antrim and her husband, Jack Antrim, of Centerville, Elizabeth A. Farland and her husband, John Hamrin, of Falmouth, Timothy J. Farland and his wife, Vickie Klein, of Falmouth and Joseph Anthony Farland III and his wife, Connie Farland, of Jacksonville, North Carolina; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son Bruce A. Farland.
A burial service will be at a later date at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.