William B. Farrell, who was a member of a team that assembled experimental aircraft at Bell Aircraft, died Friday in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. He was 94.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Farrell was a graduate of Lafayette High School. He was employed at Bell from 1939 until he retired in 1972, working on pioneering helicopters and jet aircraft, and was present for the testing of the famous James Bond rocket belt.
Considered a modest man, Mr. Farrell was an active league bowler until recent years and bowled out of Tonawanda Bowling Center in the City of Tonawanda. He also enjoyed cards.
During the 1930s, Mr. Farrell was a member of the National Guard.
A longtime Amherst resident, he was a parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, the former Madeline M. Freeman; two daughters, Patricia M. of Amherst and MaryBeth Renda of Pendleton; a son, W. James of Lake Forest, Ill.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Pius X Church, 1700 North French Road, Amherst, with prayers at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.