Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Robert “Pat” Farrell Memorial
Robert “Pat” Farrell Memorial

Robert “Pat” Farrell

Robert “Pat” Farrell

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

Robert “Pat” Farrell, age 76, passed away Sunday, January 2, 2022 at home in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.  He was born April 28, 1945, in Spokane, WA.  Pat was raised by Bob and Marie Farrell in Oak Harbor, WA attending the Oak Harbor schools where he graduated in 1963.  Pat graduated from the Skagit Valley College in 1965 with an AA degree in Technical Arts, and he married his sweetheart, Merrily Robison that same year.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1966, spent his two years of active duty at 29 Palms, CA and was honorably discharged in 1972.  Pat worked for Skagit Corporation in Sedro-Woolley from 1965 until 1971. With his family he enjoyed working and riding the trails at the Walker Valley ORV Park which is located by Big Lake, WA.  Pat Farrell became the open A class NMA enduro rider champion in 1983 and 1984.  From 1973 to 1999, Pat and his wife Merrily owned and operated Pat’s New and Used in Burlington.  Due to Pat’s declining health, they sold their business and Pat spent the rest of his life working on their antique Stanley Steamers and their other old cars.  Pat was a member of the Antique Auto Restorers Club, Skagit Old Car Club, Steam Automobile club of America, Horseless Carriage Club of America, Skagit Motorcycle Club and American Legion Post #43.

Pat is survived by his wife of 56 years, Merrily; daughters, Julie Rosario and Angela Langley; son, Rodney Farrell; his grandchildren, as well as many other family members.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.  In lieu of flowers, please send your donations to the American Cancer Society.  Share your memories of Pat and sign the online guest register.


  • Teresia Pederson

    Merrily, I am so sorry to hear of this. How many times did we come in to chat, look around and maybe buy. My dad always looked forward to payday so he could come in to see Pat and find a treasure or two that he just couldn’t live without. It was a fun time for us. We liked you both so well. Shelves were always packed, It seemed to take us quite a while looking at everything. I wish you well Merrily and I’m sending you comfort knowing Pat was so liked. You guys were awesome. I wish you many great years ahead and peace within. God Bless.

  • Myles Twete

    Time sure flies. I met Pat around ’91 as I recall at the Portland Swap Meet after contacting him regarding steam cars and NW chapter of SACA. His excitement about steam was infectious and he was always striving to learn as much as he could about those cars and to help others with theirs. We saw each other at many steam meets and many places over the decades. In 2006 he brought his newly restored Stanley Mountain Wagon to the NWSS meet at St. Helens that my wife Valarie and I organized. This after having hauled that steamer to Florida and back for the Centennial of Speed celebration at Ormond Beach in January! Pat sure got around. He was the best and we sure will miss him. Hugs to Merrily and his family. Best from Portland- Myles and Val.

  • Franklin D. Shepherd

    Our Dear Pat , I just learned that my Mentor has passed away , way too soon ! I was trained by Pat, as a very young boy on the Eddie Adamson Chicken Farm, in Oak Harbor, Wa., and Pat was so kind to me, so helpful, to me, as I knew nothing. I looked up to him as a true Leader and he possessed a very special spirit of Joy and enthusiasm that radiated everytime I saw Pat . Because of working with Pat, I was inspired to be my very best to try and keep up with him and his gifted ways . Reading about his life, brings many tears to my eyes, and its because when someone possesses the kind of Love Pat had for everyone, it touches both your heart and soul. I will Never forget Pat, and anyone who met him , knows why I say what I say ! My Condolensces to his family . If the family is ever in Tacoma, Wa. look me up !

  • Janet Desdier

    So sorry to hear of your dear one Pat’s passing and your family’s loss. He was a special friend for 63 years and a classmate at Oak Harbor High School Class of 1963. He is held in the highest esteem by myself and many, many others. So glad I could walk this Earth with him during his time and to have known him. He will never be forgotten. Bless you Pat and rest in peace.

  • George Eusterman

    Merrily, Julie, Angie and Rodney, I am sharing your sorrow at the loss of your Dad and always thought our paths would cross again before we left this temporary home of ours. My memories have always been good and fun in my many encounters with Pat and you guys and I will miss him.

  • Richard (Rick) S Heinig, Jr.

    I so wanted to visit Pat and ride with him in my Stanley or his, whichever was available. I replaced Pat as a Director of the Steam Automobile Club of America. We conversed pretty often on the SACA Forum. He is surely someone I admire and wish to be like in everything I do. I would consider him as my mentor.
    I hope that I can finish up my Stanley and take it for a ride. In which during that I might feel his spirit, listening to the engine purr and feeling the wind in my face as I speed along. Pat, you’ll be in my prayers. God speed my friend…

  • Diane Vyskocil

    I am truly sorry for all you members and friends of Pat’s family. Although I’ve not had the privilege of meeting this amazing dad, I get the distinct impression, after reading his history, that you, Angela, must be a chip off the block! Although we’ve prayed for a long time and your faith is strong, may I share a special text that helped me deal with losses? Mother died in my arms within a few hours following my father’s funeral; at age 45, I watched my husband die suddenly as we were talking outside our farm home; 3 years ago I tragically lost my son. Psalms 34:18 says, “The Lord draws close to those who grieve.” Diane.

  • James Jansen

    Merrily And Family
    I am so sorry to hear about Pat, I have fond memories or riding with him in Walker Valley I’ll never forget mom asking me how she was going to get all that red dirt out of my clothes.. I know life has continued for all of us, but I haven’t forgotten all the memories.
    All the times that we shared visiting at your place, stopping by the shop, and checking out the old time cars so many other times that we shared, skating on the frozen pond ect..
    There have been times we would bump into each other shopping,and it was a joy to reconnect even if just for a few short minutes.
    My deepest thought and prayers are with you
    I wish you all the best at this time
    James Jansen

  • Geary Baese

    Pat was a rare gentleman, gifted craftsman, loyal friend and dedicated mentor.
    I am grateful for his life, our ‘steam time’ together and saddened by his passing.

    Merrily, my prayers and cherished memories are with you and I feel blessed by yours and Pat’s friendship.

    Highest regards,
    Geary Baese


    Angela….my heart goes out to all or you, but especially you, because I felt that as often happens with us girls, your Daddy seemed to be your hero, the man who could do anything, and do it well…I had one of those as well, so…

    I will share with you what I wrote in the note I gave (my) Jim a day after the loss of his wife Versa in 1980…”He will sustain you in the days ahead, because He loves you with an everlasting love”…I sooo know this to be true, my friend.

    In His love,

    Criss and George

  • Barbara J Johnson

    Pat was such a great neighbor. He was always ready to help whenever we called.
    I loved riding in the Sssssteamers! Pat always had “just the right tool” He was so much fun to just sit and talk with whenever I rang your doorbell. I know you’ll miss such a grand guy.

    And the Museum was awesome. Merrily, I really miss our dog walks especially when Pat joined us.

  • David Lang

    RIP Pat ,A Very fine fellow . I grew up with Pat and his Brother Mike .

  • Gregory Grant

    I am so sorry for your loss. Pat and I worked together many years ago in the tire business. He was a hard worker and when he put his mind to something, it got done! We reconnected a few years back in the “antique car scene”. I count it a pleasure to have known him and been able to be involved in his life the last few years. Thoughts and prayers are with your family not just today, but for the days to come.
    Greg Grant

  • Patty Vandelac

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I only know Pat thru our chats on FB but I know Rod well. And if Rod is anything like his father than Pat was a wonderful person. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Gary A. Formhals

    Condolences to his Family and friends. Gary A. Formhals-Whidbey Model A Ford Club, Clinton Wa.

  • Elton F Hanneman

    Merrily Pat will leave a hole in the heart’s of a lot of people like me. I moved to Anacortes in 74 just when You guys were getting started with the new & used. And belonged to the Skagit old car club along with you. I can’t begin to count the show’s we both went to. I will never forget the first steam car he got and invited me over to get it running. We had it on fire about 5 times and ran it up & down the driveway about 20 miles by the end of the day. Then he went on to be the go to guy on Stanley’s.

  • John and Sarah Tucker

    Pat was a good man and a good friend. He was generally a happy guy and had a great sense of humor. Loved his family and preserving history. We met Pat and his children almost 50 years ago. Then came Merrily and the circle was completed. The family was close and so busy. So many fun times. He will be missed.