William H. (Bill/Pettie) Farnum 44 of Fitzwilliam died on January 31, 2010 in the comfort of his home with the love and compassion of his family at his side.
He was born the son of Sharon Heath on March 11, 1965 in Keene. Pettie was educated in Winchester and graduated from Winchester High School class of 1983.
Mr. Farnum always had the draw to be in law enforcement. He graduated from the New Hampshire Police Academy and has worked in the past for the Winchester and Marlborough Police Departments. After some time and experience William found himself working at the Troy Police Department. He enjoyed the people of Troy and was promoted to Chief of Police. Being Chief of Police was a challenge and very gratifying for him. He was well respected by his fellow officers and the people he took an oath to protect. Chief Farnum retired with honor in 2005. His calm and warm demeanor will be missed by the residents of Troy.
On December 8, 1991 Bill took his vows to Miss Linda K. Marts. They were married at the Fellowship Hall in Marlborough with close friends and family in attendance. The Farnums have been married for 18 years.
Fitzwilliam became home for them. This is where they have raised two children together and hoped to retire and enjoy the good life.
Pettie enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Fitzwilliam Sportsman Club. He was also a member of the Rod and Gun Club in Winchendon, Massachusetts and a member of the New Hampshire Police Officers Association. Bill was of all things a great husband and family man. He loved to be with his kids helping them grow and learn about life.
Mr. Farnum is survived by his wife Linda Farnum of Fitzwilliam. His two children Tyler J. Farnum and Kellie L. Farnum both at home. He also leaves his mother Sharon Farnum of Gilsum. His siblings: Doris King and her husband Michael of Upstate, New York, Jeffrey Farnum of Keene, Keith Farnum of Winchester and Dawn Kennedy and her husband John of Marlborough. His nieces, nephews, cousins extended family and numerous friends will miss his presence.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday at 12 noon at the Associates Sportsman’s Club, Royalston Rd. Fitzwilliam. There are no calling hours. Burial will be private. Monitory donations may be made in memory of William H. Farnum to Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St. Keene. 03431.