Walter R. Farrow
insurance agent

Walter R. Farrow, 90, a retired insurance agent who worked 35 years for John Hancock Life Insurance, died Oct. 2 of a heart ailment at Brighton Gardens of Tuckerman Lane, an assisted living facility in Bethesda.

The death was confirmed by a daughter, Patricia Pengra.

Mr. Farrow, a Silver Spring resident, first joined John Hancock as an insurance salesman in 1946. He later became a mutual funds broker and was a leading agent when he retired.

Walter Richardson Farrow was born in Sanford, N.C., and moved to Washington in 1936. As a boy, he delivered The Washington Post to a former Supreme Court justice and once presented a “Happy Birthday” singing telegram to Mickey Rooney, his daughter said.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

He lived in Hillandale for 25 years before moving in 2004 to Leisure World in Silver Spring.

His memberships included the Lions Club and the Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring. He enjoyed playing golf.

His wife of 61 years, the former Rose Majewski, died in 2008. A daughter, Mary Elizabeth Farrow, died in 1962.

Survivors include his six children, Rik Farrow of Sedona, Ariz., Timothy Farrow of Cary, N.C., Patricia Pengra of Arlington, David Farrow of Gaithersburg, Jim Farrow of Frederick and Peter Farrow of Tucson; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough