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