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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 08:27:39 :

San Rafael Independent
Monday, June 26, 1944
page 5

Capt. Farris Pierce, Bar Pilot of S.F. Fatally Stricken

When Captain Farris J. Pierce brought a destroyer into port Saturday afternoon, he little thought he was crossing the bar for the last time in an all-too-brief career as a bar pilot. His ship securely moored to the dock, Captain Farris left the bridge and had hardly stepped ashore when he collapsed and died, victim of a sudden heart attack.

A native Californian, Capt. Pierce was one of the younger pilots, being but 51 years old. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eileen Pierce and two sons, Farris John Jr. and Stanley R. Pierce. The family home is at 77 Lincoln Avenue, San Anselmo.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock at Keaton's in San Rafael.
A Death Notice in the same paper mentions other survivors: grandchild, Paul Donald Pierce and sister, Josephine Talbot. Capt. Pierce was a member of the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve (T).

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