Services at noon today for George Farrell, 54, who died while riding bicycle

Pleasanton engineering department veteran suffers fatal heart attack one month short of retirement

Services will be held at noon today at the Pleasanton Senior Center for George Farrell, a 25-year employee in the city of Pleasanton engineering department, who suffered a fatal heart attack March 24 while riding his bike in Del Valle Park in Livermore.

Mr. Farrell, who would have turned 55 April 9, was preparing to compete in a bicycle race on May 2, one day after he planned to retire. His fellow workers, who had scheduled a retirement party, will now be offering their memories at Saturday's celebration of life service.

Mr. Farrell was well known in local engineering circles and had handled numerous city projects, including designing and overseeing the installation of underground utility cables for downtown streets, including Main, Division and First streets.

"He always had a great smile, a can-do attitude and never let difficulties get in the way of successfully completing projects he handled," said City Manager Nelson Fialho.

He is survived by his wife Donna and a daughter Elizabeth of San Francisco. n

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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2015 at 11:12 am

...well, as a bike rider not too far from this man's age, I wonder what the cause of his death was. Accident or illness?

Very tragic, in any case.

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Posted by Hallie
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Such a tragedy. My condolences to George's family and friends.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 15, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Hits close to home as I go riding there all the time and I am 58. Had to be illness; I think we would have heard of an accident. Such a shame, but he died doing what he loved.

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Posted by Mr Soccer
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 16, 2015 at 9:30 am

Sorry to hear that one. George was a friendly face in the Building Dept. and seamed to always have a good attitude. I too would think that it would be good info to report if it was an accident or just a unforeseen medical condition. I also ride, not as much as I would like, and if it could be prevented i'm sure everyone would like to know.

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Posted by Mr. L. Turner
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 31, 2015 at 12:51 pm

George was one of the first guys I met while working in the Engineering Department at Alameda County Water District in 1987. He was a good friend that was extremely dedicated to his work and family. George always wanted the best for his baby girl and worked tirelessly to that end. Their was no greater moment than when George locked eyes on Elizabeth.George always planned for the future, always calculating the costs of his actions and never too proud to cry if the situation called for empathy. He would never put his family at risk unnecessarily. I will miss his strict views on life, his rough,yet sensitive personality and the excitment he got from telling me how much his little girl is turning into a little woman. George loved and respected life and spent as much time in nature as he could. He would spend so much time and money learning to catch fish only to admire its beauty once he caught the fish and then he would release them. This was truly just a nice guy!!! Too sad to think about this lose!!! This one really hurts! Rest In Peace My Friend! LT

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Posted by Richard Boysal
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Dec 14, 2015 at 11:20 am

I was just made aware of Georgie's passing this weekend. George and I were high school buddies and with Phil, Jim and Paul, all were great friends. George was a true gentleman and also had a crazy side to him which made him the character he was. Rest in peace my brother..... I know you were doing what you love. Peace! Rick Boysal

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