Edward W. Farrow


Edward “Ted” Windsor Farrow died on July 15 of a massive head injury as a result of a fall. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., the eldest son of Edward Samuel Farrow and Ruth Wilson Farrow. He graduated from Exeter Academy, Williams College, and studied architecture at M.I.T.

After serving in the Army during the Korean War he worked as an in-house architect for I.B.M., as a consultant to Herman Miller for building and office design, and as a consultant to Georg Jensen in their furniture division. Having spent all of his summers on Martha’s Vineyard, he decided to move here permanently in 1967.

He started a business called Tashtego (named after a Gay Head Wampanoag Indian, a harpooner in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”). A very eclectic shop, it combined contemporary home furnishings, lighting, accessories, crafts, and treasures from the many countries he and his wife Jane, whom he married in 1973, visited in their many travels.

He was an original member of the Chilmark Planning Board, a board member of the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust and a past member of the Edgartown Yacht Club. Ted was an extremely accomplished pianist and made many of his friends happy with his musicalserenades. He loved living on an island and in 1997 Ted and Jane retired to Boca Grande, Fla., wherethey could see, be in, and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico to their hearts’ content.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Jane Wilson Farrow; his loving stepsons, Peter, David, and JohnDamroth; three much beloved step-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; a brother, Rodney Downing Farrow; a sister, Katherine Farrow Jorrens; countless adoring nieces and nephews and many friends from all walks of life.

Ted is now free to walk an endless white sandy beach, collecting sea shells, riding a challenging wave, and seeking the elusive green flash at day’s end. He died on the day of the full moon and would have loved knowing it was shining down on him.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The Boca Grande Health Clinic, Box 517, Boca Grande,FL 33921 or to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 FairfaxDrive, Arlington, VA 22203.

There will be a small gathering of friends on the beach in Boca Grande this summer.

A memorial service will be held later this year on Martha’s Vineyard where he will be buried in the Chilmark Cemetery.