Francis X. Faris, head of arsenal's procurement division, dies

Traveler and fisherman lived in Severna Park

May 19, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Francis Xavier Faris, former head of the procurement division at Philadelphia's Frankford Arsenal, died Monday of heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

The Severna Park resident was 92.

The son of a plumber and a housekeeper, Mr. Faris was born and raised in Philadelphia. He was a 1936 graduate of South Catholic High School.

During World War II, he served with an ordnance unit at Aberdeen Proving Ground until being discharged in 1946. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict, where he served as a personnel technician.

Mr. Faris began working at the arsenal in 1940 as a machinist and was promoted to the procurement division, which he later headed. He retired in 1977.

Mr. Faris was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Millay Club for graduates of South Catholic High School.

Mr. Faris was an avid fisherman and traveler.

"He loved to drive and had visited Ireland twice with his family," said a daughter, Lorraine Faris of Severna Park.

His wife of 50 years, the former Anna Theresa King, died in 1993.

Mr. Faris was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Olde Church of St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, 135 S. Sycamore St., Newtown, Pa.

Also surviving are a son, Francis Xavier Faris Jr. of Baltimore; two other daughters, Mary Anne Dorman of Arnold and Kathleen Sands of St. Petersburg, Fla.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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