Michael 'Mike' Robert Farquhar, Sr., 69, of Hamden passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on February 29, 2020. He was the husband of Susan Simone Farquhar. Mike was born on November 6, 1950 in New Haven, son of the late Robert and Eleanor Lauria Farquhar. He is survived by his three children, Michael R. Farquhar, Jr. (Tara) of Northford, Valerie Farquhar (Joshua Hetland) of New Haven, and Sherri Farquhar (Chris Golia) of Loris, SC. Mike grew up in West Haven, where he met the love of his life, Sue. They fell in love and were married in 1971. They began their lives together in West Haven and started their family, eventually making their home in Hamden. Mike's interest in automobiles led him to a career as a truck driver for Giering Metal Finishing of Hamden and also for Caretta Trucking of New Jersey, for which he would often drive cross-country. He also worked for Macco Autobody of Hamden, but his proudest work experience came from working with his son for many years at New England Collision, before retiring in 2017. An avid classic car enthusiast with an extensive collection, including a 1971 Chevy Camaro, a 1970 Chevy Nova, and his favorite, a 1959 Chevy Apache truck, Mike and Sue attended many classic car shows together, where they socialized and made many friends from all over Connecticut. While he loved his cars, nothing brought him more joy than spending time with his three grandchildren, Victoria, Dominic, and Camille. Though he was small in stature, Mike made up for it in his personality. He was a prankster to those who knew him best-if given the opportunity, he wouldn't hesitate to play a joke on you. He loved his family tremendously, and wouldn't think twice about lending a hand to anyone, no questions asked. He will be missed by all who knew him. Mike fought hard, but lost his battle to a brief but aggressive illness. His family would like to thank all the healthcare professionals at the Smilow Cancer Hospital for all of the care they provided. Friends are invited to visit with his family on Thursday, March 5th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. Burial will be private.

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  1. I didn’t know Mr Farquhar but Ive known Valerie for over 20 yrs and Tori is my oldest daughters cousin. I am so very sorry for the loss of a great man that I know he was. Valerie n Tori please know that I’m here for you both if it’s ever needed. I send the whole family hugs and prayers of strength. May he now rip and watch over his loved ones while dealing with such a great loss. Love, Karla

  2. Mike and Sue its easy to see how they care for their own house but less easy to see how much they cared about their neighbors. His watchfull eye looking out for everyone that lives here on this street will be missed and his passing is a loss for the neighbor hood as a whole

  3. Mike was apart of my family for 36 years. He was like my uncle good guy. Love you guys and I’m so sorry. Him and Al will finally meet again

  4. Susan, Mike Jr, Valerie and Sherri So many memories and fun times and I will never forget his laughter. Sending you love Cynthia Henri

  5. Susan, Mike,Jr. Valerie, Sherri Lynn, & grandkids, I’m sorry for your loss. May Mike RIP. I have such fond memories & laughs of Mike working with him at Gierting Metal. He was a breaker. He was a kind & wonderful man. You all are in my thoughts and . Love you all. Candia Lord

  6. Words cannot be expressed how much of a loss it is, he meant the world to me, I regret not being around more the last 5-10 years. Mike wasn’t only my godfather, which on occasion he would say if I didn’t behave, he would tear up his godfather card lol. He taught me to be a scooch, I have many many memories, family get togethers and holidays and cook outs, camping, car shows, etc. he’s got a special place in my heart forever. + I’m pretty sure he was the first person to bring me to 100mph in a car and I think it was in his 68 442 big block, no proof, but a safe bet lol. Love you godfather, Godspeed and say hi to dad for me

  7. My condolences to Sue,Mike Jr., Valerie,Sherri and grandchildren. Michael and Susan spent alot of time with my family while we were growing up. Mike was my Dad’s favorite cousin . My Dad was in their wedding and I also was a flower girl in their wedding .I actually joked with him a couple of weeks ago .I asked him ,Who was the cute flower girl in your wedding? He smiled and shook his head…Yes, Mike was always joking around, but I will tell you his cheek pinches or as I can best describe it, it was more like a cheek twist he thought it was funny. Ouch Mike! Everyone knew to expect it, everytime we saw him we knew it was coming! I have many memories of Mike that I will cherish.It took me a little time to come on here and post something, since recently losing my mother quickly and unexpectedly.. Heaven just received another angel. Mike please give Mom and Dad a kiss from me. Love your little cousin Trina and Bryan,Bryan Jr. And Brandon

  8. It is with deepest simpathy and a heavy heart I write this; we are deeply sorry for this great loss you all have suffered! I have had the pleasure of knowing Mike for just about 20 years, after meeting my husband Matt whom became best friends with Mike’s son in high school. In our house he was known as ‘BIG’Mike. He loved to tease, and was always good for a wise crack or two towards Matt about anything he could during family gatherings, it would usually involve me in some way. Mike & Sue’s grandkids & our kids have grown up together and have become great friends! We have shared many fond memories over the years. ‘BIG Mike’ will surely be missed by all. Sue and family, our sincere condolences. We will always be here you! Much love, Wendy, Matt, Jaide & Brodie ~

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