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123 King Street East
Forest, ON N0N 1J0
Phone: 1-844-445-7467
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Harold Farr

Don Farr

Sunday, June 7th, 1931 - Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
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Donald Harold James Farr, age 87, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 in the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. Don was born on June 7th, 1931 in Brant, Ontario and grew up with his five siblings, Hazel, Tom, Dorothy, Ivan, and Edith.

Don [Cowboy] grew up in rural Ontario where he discovered how to work on a farm at an early age, and his love of tractors. Don also loved motorcycles, and at the tender age of 16, he heeded the call to "Go West Young Man" and traveled across the prairies of Canada to the United States. Don rode the rails and was first employed at Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus as a machine operator. He then learned how to operate heavy equipment and worked all across the United States building dams, bridges, and highways. One of his proudest achievements as a Master Crane Operator was working on building the Niagara Power Plant. He then settled in Pinckney, Michigan and operated an excavating business for a number of years. After moving back to Canada in 1977, Don settled in Ipperwash, Ontario, where he remained until his death. Don was well-known to the locals as "Cowboy" or "The Tractor Guy".

Along with tractors and motorcycles, Don loved horses, old western movies and yodeling cowboys. He also loved nature and was very protective of all the little birds on his property. A self-made man and a unique individual, anyone who knew him would agree that he should have been born in 1831, not 1931.

Don is dearly missed by his daughters Sherry, Margaret, Serena, Sarah, and Rebecca. Loving Grandfather t Sergio, Leah, Seth, McKenna, Connor, Kaitlin, Mia, Tristan, Ryan and Great Grandfather to Aidan and Reese.
He lived life simply and fully...may he rest in peace.

A memorial visitation for Don will take place at Gilpin Funeral Chapel, 123 King Street in Forest, 519-786-4964 on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, from 2-5pm. Please share a memory or condolence atĀ www.GilpinFuneralChapel.com
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    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Gilpin Funeral Chapel - Forest
    Address
    123 King Street East
    Forest, Ontario N0N 1J0
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    A memorial visitation for Don will take place at Gilpin Funeral Chapel, 123 King Street in Forest, Ontario 519-786-4964 on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, from 2pm-5pm.

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Ben Koenig

Posted at 10:41pm
We knew him as Cowboy up at Ipperwash. he was very generous and always could be relied on for a helping hand. He told great stories about real estate deals in florida and plenty of other adventures! Thanks Cowboy, we will always remember you!

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Ed Miller

Posted at 10:44am
Don was a guy who had two sides. He was a generous old fellow who often helped me with my 1942 Farmall H. We travelled the counties looking for replacement parts for it. He was a talkative passenger who had more stories from several decades. He liked many things and topics and probably disliked the same number. The tractor 'graveyard' near Goderich was a favourite place for precious finds. We made that excursion a couple of times.
If I were a racoon, I'd be wise to stay away from his backyard. There was a special place for only winged creatures throughout his property. We worked on moving some of his camper trailers over time but had only limited success. He knew his machines and knew how to keep them operational. They weren't pretty but did the job. You didn't want to misuse the equipment as this brought out the other side of Don.
He was proud of his daughters and spoke of them often. You could tell that he loved family.
Having visited him a few times this past winter, he expressed his contentment with his life. He was comfortable and at peace. His roll-your-own cigarette almost done, he'd say "drop in any time, you know were the key is". I dropped in last Saturday but Don had gone. He may have objected but I said a prayer for him anyway, just inside his doorway. Tractor Don will be missed. My sincere condolences. Ed Miller
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Love Annette, Jen, Kami, Stephaine and Jeri

Posted at 07:03am
Becca & Sarah you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Your dad was an amazing man who raised you both to be remarkable women.
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Susan Prowse

Posted at 09:46pm
Cowboy said the lawn lounge chair was the most comfortable that he had ever sat it!
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wanda l. george

Posted at 09:33pm
Saddened to hear of Don's passing.I knew him all my life as he knew me.The early years were when he operated the beach store,next to his home.I would go there on my horse.He provided a fun place for the people ,mainly the youth.Over the years,we became friends and shared each other stories.I will always remember him as the man,who helped others and never told anything but the truth.The last time I seen him,he told me ,he wasn't long for this earth. Till we meet again,Don.
You will be missed.Wanda L. George
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