Douglas Farquharson Sr.

January 30, 2013

Douglas Farquharson Sr.

34-year Peters Creek Church member

Douglas Farquharson Sr., 86, of North Strabane Township, died Friday, January 25, 2013.

He was born April 13, 1926, in Paterson, N.J., a son of the late James and Anne Barr Farquharson.

Mr. Farquharson was a graduate of Paterson Central High School.

He served with the U.S. Navy in World War II, earning the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

Mr. Farquharson was district sales manager for pharmaceutical companies, William H. Rorer and Whitehall Laboratories. About his career, he often said, “I sold sewing machines and vacuum cleaners, and then I got into drugs.”

He lived in the South Hills of Pittsburgh since 1967. He was a 34-year member of Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder for 14 years, taught Sunday school, was the money counter and chaired several committees. He was also a member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church for 10 years. He was also a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Mr. Farquharson’s quiet strength and determination helped him make the best of a difficult situation as his health declined in later years. He will be remembered for his sense of humor. He was an avid reader who enjoyed to travel, especially trips to Aruba.

He was a devoted husband and proud father. He cherished his grandchildren and time spent with family.

On May 21, 1949, he married Mildred Sieber, who died January 19, 1991.

Surviving are his second wife, Valerie Valentine Sherman, whom he married September 12, 1992; two sons, Douglas (Diane) Farquharson Jr. of Claysville and Ronald (Ruth) Farquharson of Sarasota, Fla.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, James H. (Ruth) Farquharson of Rockland, Maine; two nieces; and two nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his first wife of 42 years and parents, is a brother, Robert J. Farquharson.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m., the time of service, Saturday, February 2, in Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church, 112 West Pike Street, Canonsburg. Private interment held in Brush Run Cemetery, Peters Township. Beinhauer Funeal Home, 724-941-3211, is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church. Please add or view tributes at



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