Some urgent prayer requests (Ray Schoen), farewells (Emily Benson’s father Bradley Read Thayer) and celebrations of life (Steve Farish and Ron Hill), and ongoing support for local families (Bailey, Flagg and Preece’s). Continue reading “Farewells, Urgent Prayers & Actions to Support Local Families”
Stephen H. Farish, Col USAF (Ret) lost on his battlefield of life after suffering from Dementia and symptoms of Parkinson’s leading to Alzheimer’s.
An expert in logistics and program management he saw several high profile Air Force acquisition programs to the field. As logistics lead on the Joint Air Force-Army Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, commonly called Joint STARS, his goal was to field a system that could be easily maintained. He worked relentlessly with Northrup-Grumman to develop an easy to release mechanism for the canoe shaped cover protecting the 24 foot radar.
After retirement from the AF he worked for the MITRE Corporation, a not for profit firm supporting the Department of Defense. Working with another MITRE team member, their innovative and non-traditional approach to industry outreach, as well as their skillful strategy for influencing stakeholders, has had a far reaching impact across the Department of Defense programs and networks today and into the future, savings the government millions of dollars.
Early in his Air Force career, while serving in England, he became the only non-British member of the Oxford sailing club. Steve loved to cross country ski and play golf, two sports he picked up relatively late in life. He enjoyed traveling for fun, single malt scotch and long talks with his daughter, Elizabeth. He and his wife, Jeanette love the outdoors and enjoyed it from their home in Jackson, NH.
Special recognition goes to his caregivers. Their diligence allowed him to stay in the home he loved.
A celebration of life and scattering of ashes will be held at a later date.
Memorials should be made to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer Association, the (NH) Carroll County Visiting Nurses and Hospice or as a donation to the Jackson (NH) Community Church.
To my friends in the Jackson Community
First I wish to acknowledge all of your prayers, cards and concerns for Steve and & over the past weeks, months and years. While his passing leaves a great personal void, I am comforted by your eagerness to reach out and help in whatever way is needed. Right now slow, small contacts seem best, rather than the overwhelming idea of facing all of your loving and caring faces at once. You have been such a great community not only for myself but also good friends to Steve. While not a great church goer, you are the community he called friends and neighbors.
So many have offered to bring food, but with just me, my needs are small and I have a large stockpile of items in the pantry and freezer. If anyone would like to arrange to come over and cook lunch or dinner with me that would be welcome, as long as it wasn’t every night. :-).
Don’t be surprised if you see me on the snowshoe or ski trails or at the post office. Getting out and being active is great therapy and I look forward to joining you in these adventures over the next couple of weeks.
With Love & Thanks, Jeanette Heidmann
With permission from his wife Jeanette Heidmann, Jackson Community Church shares the sad news that Jackson resident, and friend, Steve Farish, died this morning following an extended illness. More information will be shared at a later time, but no please note that the family does not have plans for a memorial service at this time. Such arrangements will take place at a later date. For now, we ask that you simply take a moment to give thanks for his time among us, and to wish peace to Steve and to his family, friends, caregivers, and colleagues.