Lawrence R. Farmer

Date of Passing:

August 15, 2023

Farmer, Lawrence, R., 88, of Atria Bay Spring Village, Bay Spring Avenue, Barrington, formerly of Mathewson Road, Barrington died peacefully on August 15, 2023 at the Hope Health Hospice Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Hope E. (Hazlehurst) Farmer.

Born in Watertown, NY, a son of the late Joseph and Dorothy (Viau) Farmer, he lived in Barrington for 60 years.

Mr. Farmer was the Vice President of Manufacturing for the A.T. Cross Company before retiring in 2003.

Lawrence was a communicant and volunteer at St. Luke Church, Barrington. He was a former board member of the Barrington Yacht Club and a volunteer at the Quonset Air Museum. He enjoyed sailing and skiing.

Mr. Farmer was a United States Navy Veteran.

Besides his wife of 64 years, he is survived by two daughters, Susan H. Vignati and her husband Paul of Niantic, CT and Lisa C. Petrie and her husband Richard of Needham, MA; five grandchildren, Sarah, Paul, Kathryn, Thomas and Mollie and two great-granddaughters, Eloise and Hannah Johnson.

His Funeral will be held on Monday August 21, 2023 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Forest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington.

Calling Hours are Sunday 2-4 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Lawrence’s memory to the Community Scholarship Fund of Barrington, P.O. Box 300, Barrington, RI, 02806 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. My condolences to Larry’s family on his recent passing. I worked with Larry on many projects for over 20 years at A. T. Cross and always enjoyed and appreciated his direction and involvement. He certainly influenced my development and always made himself available to benefit others with his participation. My prayers and thoughts are with you and for Larry at this most difficult time.

  2. Sincerest condolences to Hope- and entire extended Farmer family- on recent sad passing of Larry. May his gentle soul Rest in Peace. I benefited greatly from his experience and expertise- which he dispensed generously and eloquently- when he visited A T Cross in Ireland. A devout honourable man. My prayers are with you.

  3. Larry Farmer introduced me to the world of sailing on Sandpiper. Tuesday night races out of the Barrington Yacht Club. He was a great teacher and provided a love of sailing that has never left. As a kid I remarked about what a really nice “boat” we were sailing on…32 ft Pearson. Larry was quick to point out with a smile and self-depreciating humor that his “boat” might also be referred to as a yacht. Larry is at the helm once again, sailing onward toward another glorious sunset.

  4. It was always a pleasure when Larry came into the shop! We enjoyed chatting with him about his love of cars, especially his Porsche Cayenne. Our sincerest condolences to his family from all of us at Champion Motorsports.

  5. Hope et al…….
    Was saddened to read of Larry’s passing. He was not only well respected but revered by anyone who had the pleasure to spend time in his orbit. I was one of those. Even though I was a ‘sales guy” I would not have had a job if he didn’t continuously produce a product of impeccable quality. Living in the same town, I was lucky to have the opportunity to drive to work with him from time to time. What a treat that was….I ALWAYS came away from those drives smarter and wiser than when I got in his car. Over the last few years, I had the pleasure of seeing him every year. He was one the judges at the Science Fair at the Catholic school where I work. Like with my drives in his car, the students looked forward to when he was one of their judges because they were challenged and came away from the experience better and more prepared than when they entered the competition. I am a better person for having known Larry Farmer!

  6. Our condolences to the Farmer family.
    Mr Farmer was a force – never rattled, respected, with a true sense of doing things right. He will always be a part of many many lives, which speaks volumes to the character of the man. Donna worked inside with him and I had the pleasure of selling “his” product. Rest well Mr Farmer, you did it the right way.

  7. I met Larry while consulting to AT Cross. He was always a gentleman.

  8. Lifelong friends, of Mathewson Road. We truly shared many good times with children. Larry! Rest in peace
    . We pray for you and your family.
    Gene and Pauline Healey

  9. Larry had two families: his loving wife and precious daughters, and those who knew him best were well aware of his strong devotion to his ATCROSS family where his primary concerns were for employees, fellow management, the Bosses, and making the finest product possible for the world market. Hope, we extend our deepest sympathy to you and family in your sorrow at this difficult time.

  10. My condolences to Hope,Lisa,Susan and other family members. Larry’s talents in overseeing the manufacturing and engineering responsibility at ATCross Company were an important element in the company’s success for many many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you

  11. Hope, Susan and Lisa and your families, our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved husband and dad. Larry was a true gentleman and an important member of his community. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  12. Sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was a true gentleman, a person of fine character. I knew him from working at A.T. Cross. Phil Griffin

  13. Our heartfelt condolences to Larry’s family.
    Larry was a special friend of our family, his vision and hard work help shape one of the greatest writing instrument companies know throughout the world. It was our pleasure to have known larry and service A.T. Cross.

    May fond memories keep larry’s family strong during the coming days.

  14. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  15. It was a pleasure to know you.. although at first glance you appeared stern …me being a newbie at the time.. it was comforting to realize what a gentleman you really were .. kind and friendly.. may you rest in peace..❣️

  16. Larry was a most important member of the A. T. Cross Company family for some of our greatest years. He was as well a most respected Naval Officer on the USS Gatling where through fellow officer Tom Hazlehurst he met his beloved wife, Hope.
    He was always revered for his competency and friendship to my brother and myself.

  17. On behalf of the Boss family. please accept our heartfelt condolences and hopes that your memories of Larry sustain you through this sad time.

  18. So sorry for your loss.

  19. May He rest in the arms of Our Lord

  20. Sincerely sorry to his family for their loss, may he RIP

  21. So sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a special man. Will be missed by all. He is a peace now, no more pain.

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