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423 West Main Street
Madison, IN 47250
Phone: 812-265-4021
Fax: 8122652133
Fredrick Farley
In Memory of
Fredrick D. Farley
Wednesday August 9, 1944 -
Friday April 15, 2016
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Condolence From: Philip Haldeman
Condolence: Fred was a best friend of mine for 47 years. I first met him at a party in Seattle for the hydroplane owners, drivers, and crew, etc. My wife-to-be, Ann (who was Assistant to the Pit Boss at the Seattle race), brought me to the party, and Fred had a bit of a crush on her, so he was prepared to dislike me! Then we started talking about the race boats---and old movies. A best friendship resulted. We never once had a serious argument in all those years. He always called me from the judges stand of each race around the country, usually during qualifying, to tell me what was going on. My own peripheral involvement in the sport was important to him, we sometimes worked together, and I accepted his hydroplane expertise as a rare privilege. How many of us can claim to know a world authority on a subject?!

After Fred moved to Madison, he and I called each other frequently, traded movie trivia quizzes twice a year, and saw each other the first week of every August during Seattle Seafair. Ann and I missed having him in Seattle. One thing he did was come over to our house on Halloween dressed as Count Dracula and hand out treats to the kids. That was Fred! He never lost his love of the old movie monsters---nor his passion for hydroplanes. These loves came from a talent we should all foster in ourselves---staying young---and yet Fred was a gentleman above all, as trustworthy and scholarly a man as I’ve ever met, and with a wonderful sense of humor.

Ann and I went down to Lake Washington a few days ago and set a small bouquet of flowers out on the water for Fred. It was on the park-like shoreline where the judges stand is erected each year. Fred used to wave to me from atop the judges stand when I called out to him. I will see him there for the rest of my life.

Wednesday April 20, 2016
Condolence From: Wayne Engle
Condolence: You were a true friend, Fred -- one of the best I ever had. Over the 40-odd years of our friendship, you and Carol did me many favors, and I always tried to reciprocate. I was always welcome in your home, and you in mine. You were a gentleman, and a scholar; always kind and polite to everyone. Your encyclopedic knowledge of the history, and current state, of unlimited hydroplane racing, was unmatched by anyone I've ever known or heard of.
Even though I didn't "make the cut" as one of your "good and close friends" in your death notice, I want everyone to know that you WERE a good and close friend to me, and I to you. I'll always miss you, good buddy. RIP, Fred.
Monday April 18, 2016
Condolence From: L Edward Pettit
Condolence: Prayers for the family, friends, and all the race fans who knew Fred. I first met Fred when he stayed at and I worked at the President Madison Motel during the 1971 Gold Cup race. During that week we had several conversations. Then our paths crossed again at the motel during the 1972 Madison Regatta. Then a couple of years later we ran into each other walking Vaughn Drive during a regatta. Fred approached me saying, "aren't you the guy from the motel." Considering all the races he attended and people he met I was surprised he remembered me. Fred was an exceptional person. Enjoy talking to all those owners and drivers in heaven. RIP, Fred.
Saturday April 16, 2016
Condolence From: King Family
Condolence: I did not know Mr. Farley but I know how hard it can be to lose a loved one in death so I wanted to say I am very sorry for your loss. The scripture that has given me comfort at times like this is the one found at Revelation 21:4 that says, "And he (speaking of God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." So God has promised that in the very near future we will never have to experience the pain associated with death anymore. I pray that this gives the family some comfort during this difficult time.
Friday April 15, 2016