Edward B. Farmer Sr., 66, owner of machinery movers

October 04, 2005

Edward B. "Cholly" Farmer Sr., retired owner of a heavy machinery moving company, died of cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Timonium resident was 66.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden, he was a 1957 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and served in the Army at Fort Knox, Ky.

Mr. Farmer took over the operation of Big Boy's Rigging, an Arbutus business founded by his father. Family members said that before retiring because of ill health four years ago, he moved manufacturing and printing equipment in Baltimore and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The business remains in family hands.

Mr. Farmer enjoyed fishing on Assawoman Bay near his summer home. He also hunted deer, ducks and geese and was a member of the Ocean City Golf Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 20 E. Ridgely Road in Timonium, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, the former Katie Reckord; four sons, Edward B. Farmer Jr. of Timonium, David W. Farmer and Brian P. Reckord, both of Catonsville and Charles R. Taylor Jr. of Littlestown, Pa.; his stepfather, Joseph Gardini of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren. His first wife, the former Leona O'Connor, died in 1985.

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