John A. Farrell

William Snyder Funeral Home

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | August 25, 2022

John A. Farrell, 80, of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2022. He was born July 30, 1942 in Pittsburgh, a son of the late John B. Jr. and Freida E. (Wilson) Farrell.

John also known as “Tony” and “Bear” was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish, and attended St. Robert Bellarmine Church. He was a proud Army veteran that served in the Vietnam Conflict. Tony taught at W.B. Ray High School, Corpus Christi, Texas, and greatly enjoyed his time there instructing the students in both Math and Science. Tony also served as president of the Corpus Christi Native American Association. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus serving as Grand Knight, was a member of the State Board of Education serving for five years. He was a life member of VFW Hilltopper Post 8430, East McKeesport, Amvets Post 60, North Braddock, American Legion Post #997, Clarion, the NRA, volunteered for the Wounded Warrior Project and was a member of Southern Poverty Law Center.

Tony was a martial artist reaching 10th degree grandmaster in Kyokkushin-Kai Karate. He was a sportsman and instructor with National Bow Hunters Education, a member of Trout Unlimited, and taught veterans fly tying at the VA Medical Center, Aspinwall, through Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. He was an artist and especially enjoyed oil painting.

He is survived by his children Jayne‘a Farrell and Sean B. Farrell both of Maryland, Tiffany Gramby of Ohio, and Nicole Saunders of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren; siblings Dennis P. (Yun Cha) Farrell, Jacquelyn Y. Farrell, Michael D. (Deneane) Farrell, and Beverly E. Farrell, also nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 26, at the Forgie-Snyder Funeral Home, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Robert Bellarmine Church, East McKeesport. Interment will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park. Those wishing may contribute to Disabled American Veterans . For online condolences please visit

Originally published August 25, 2022.

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