Services are being held today for Bruce Farrelly whose family came to this country from England and after living in Cuba, then Maryland, settled in Laurel and opened a successful plumbing and heating business.
Mr. Farelly was an honest and hard working person. I recall when he opened his business, dad was one of his earlier customers. When the furnace wouldn’t kick in, dad would be on the phone to Bruce at 6:30 in the morning and he was there to answer the phone and when his workers came in someone was dispatched to dad’s place.
His story like my dads, also an immigrant was the American dream except unlike the kids of today who want everything handed to them, they worked hard, long hours to achieve their success. Dad lived until he was 95, and Bruce was 94 proving hard work never killed anyone.