Joseph William Farrell, 92, lawyer, IRS investigator

August 04, 2004

Joseph William Farrell, a retired attorney and Internal Revenue Service investigator, died Thursday in his sleep at his Cedarcroft home. He was 92.

Born in Philadelphia and raised on Baltimore's Beaumont Avenue, he was a graduate of the old Mount St. Mary's Preparatory School in Emmitsburg and earned an economics degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore and passed the Maryland Bar in 1957.

Mr. Farrell was a pension investigator for the IRS for many years in Washington, then worked for the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn before retiring about 30 years ago.

He was a member of the Lions Club and was a weekly meals donor to Our Daily Bread.

A funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, the former Mildred A. Robinson; six daughters, Nancy Venza of Livingston, N.J., Patricia Mercier of Sterling, Va., Angela Callaghan and Susan Knott, both of Baltimore, Jane F. Farrell of Washington and Mary Jo Vaughn of Norman, Okla.; a brother, William Farrell of Manchester; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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