Family and friends gathered on Staten Island to bid farewell to a former MLB police officer turned port authority who was tragically killed in a wrong road crash while driving to a 9/11 memorial party earlier this week.
A sea of blue uniforms spilled out into the street for 37-year-old Anthony Farvaro as he was assigned a guard of honor at his funeral Thursday at Our Lady of the Good Chancellor Church in Tompkinville. This was followed by an arrest in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
The Staten Island native retired from professional baseball in 2016 to become a police officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He played for six seasons in the major leagues, including four seasons with the Atlanta Braves.
Farvaro died in the crash of the New Jersey Turnpike on Sunday, leaving behind his wrecked wife and four children, along with a grieving community that says he’s “everything you could want in a person.”
A sea of blue uniforms spilled into blocks as Anthony Farvaro, 37, was given a guard of honor at his funeral Thursday at Our Lady of Good Advocate Church in Tompkinsville. This was followed by an arrest in Saint Peter’s Cemetery
Police officers embrace as they mourn a former MLB police officer-turned-Port Authority police officer, who was tragically killed in a wrong-way crash while driving to a 9/11 memorial service earlier this week.
Farfaro leaves behind his wife, Keri Farfaro, and four young children. At Friday’s funeral, the grieving widow held her eldest son for comfort as she broke down in tears and watched her husband’s coffin pass by.
Former baseball star turned police officer, Anthony Farvaro, was killed in a head-on crash Sunday when he crashed into a driver on a wrong road near Exit 14C in the New Jersey Turnpike, near the Holland Tunnel, in Jersey City.
Farvaro was killed in a head-on crash Sunday when he collided with a driver on the wrong road near Exit 14C in the New Jersey Turnpike, near the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City.
He was on his way to command the World Trade Center for the annual commemoration of September 11, 2001.
Police say 30-year-old Henry Plazas, of Bridgewater, New Jersey, was traveling west on eastbound lanes when he hit Farfaro’s car directly. Both drivers were killed.
Farfaro leaves behind his wife, Keri Farfaro, and four young children.
At Friday’s funeral, the grieving widow held her eldest son for comfort as she broke down in tears and watched her husband’s coffin pass.
Hundreds of officers lined Victory Street outside the Church of Our Lady of the Good Counsel in Tompkinsville to honor Varvaro.
“Today, we honor one of our heroes,” said Edward Setnar, of the Port Authority Police Department. “Anthony had a tremendous life.”
Farvaro was remembered as a “family man and role model,” according to those who attended the service.
He volunteered that day to come to work, to work on security at the World Trade Center for the anniversary. So it just shows you what kind of person he was,” Setnar told CBS News.
Keri Farfaro’s son holds her hand as she attends her husband’s funeral in Staten Island on Thursday
Keri Farfaro mourns her husband, who was killed in a car accident on Sunday. The couple held the knot in 2011
Family comfort to one another at Anthony Farvaro’s funeral at Our Lady of the Good Counsel in Staten Island
Farvaro’s children were seen at his funeral on Thursday. He had four children with his wife Keri
Police officers line the streets as Officer Anthony Farvaro is given a guard of honor at Our Lady of the Good Counsel
Wakes for Varvaro took place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays where countless families and friends paid their respects. Farvaro grew up on Staten Island and played at Curtis High School and St. John’s University. It was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2005.
St. John’s major baseball coach Mike Hampton said he was “a little bit at a loss” over Farvaro’s death.
“He wasn’t just everything you wanted from a ball player, he was everything you could want in anyone,” said Hampton, who was assistant coach at St. John’s during Farvaro’s three seasons there. “My heart goes out to his family, friends, colleagues and fellow officers.”
After college, Farvaro went on to play for the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox in the major leagues, before retiring in June 2016 to become a Port Authority police officer.
On this solemn occasion, as the Port Authority mourns the loss of 84 employees in the attacks on the World Trade Center – including 37 members of the Port Authority Police Department – our grief only deepens today with the passing of Officer Farvaro, Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole and CEO Rick Cotton said in a statement. After the fatal accident.
On behalf of the entire agency, we send our deepest condolences to Officer Farvaro [family]”.
Keri Farfaro cries in mourning for her husband, who was killed in a car crash on Sunday
Farvaro holds her son in mourning over the loss of a father and husband who were murdered on Sunday
Keri Farfaro kissed her son’s head on Thursday while attending Anthony Farfaro’s funeral on Thursday
Wakes for Varvaro took place on Tuesday and Wednesday where countless families and friends paid their respects
Farvaro’s coffin is greeted as he leaves the funeral on Staten Island on Thursday
SILive published on Staten Island reports that Farvaro was a pillar of the local community and in 2021 was named president of the Snug Harbor Little League on the town’s north shore. He is said to have campaigned for the renovation of the league’s facilities, including the lights for the nightly games.
“This would be an improvement for society,” Farvaro said at the time. It will give these children a better chance. The future looks bright, literally, for the boys and girls in this little league.
“It’s a tragedy,” John Eberlin, a family friend who trained Farvaro at Curtis High School, told SILive. He was a better person than a baseball player, and he was a great baseball player.
His dream was always to be a policeman. He had a plan.
Farvaro was on his way to work alongside fellow police officers on the 9/11 memorial
Farvaro plays for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees shortly before retiring
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