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Farmer remembered for service to Caroline
Former Caroline County supervisor Robert Farmer dies at age 86

 Robert Farmer retired from the Caroline County Board of Supervisors in 2008.
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Date published: 11/21/2012


Longtime Caroline County supervisor and Bowling Green town councilman Robert W. Farmer died Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Farmer, a lifelong Bowling Green resident who graduated from Caroline High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and 1946, spent 22 years as a justice of the peace and a magistrate.

He entered politics in 1980 when he was elected to the Bowling Green Town Council, on which he served for eight years. In 1987 he was elected to represent the Bowling Green District on the Board of Supervisors.

The self-described "lifelong Democrat" was re-elected to four consecutive terms and served for 20 years before retiring in 2007 for health reasons.

As a supervisor, he told The Free Lance-Star in 2008, he tried to meet the needs of the health, safety and welfare of all people in Caroline County.

"There's no use running for public office if you think you're going to satisfy everyone," he said. "If you want to accomplish something, you've got to work together."

His service on the board included multiple stints as chairman and vice chairman.

One of his big contributions to the county included the renovation of the former Union High School into what is now known as the Community Services Center. The center has a public library, recreational space and an auditorium.

He also helped establish the county's first rescue squad, Bowling Green Volunteer Rescue Squad, and he served on it, too.

Farmer also took particular pride in his role in promoting development of the county's first utility system in Carmel Church, increased economic development, jobs and tax revenue, increased funding for education and community beautification, and the completion of the Bowling Green bypass. There is also a park named in his honor.

Those who worked with Farmer said he was an institution in Caroline.

"Bob Farmer served his native county with great distinction" said Board of Supervisors Chairman Wayne Acors, who served with Farmer for 20 years. "He was a dedicated public servant and a dear friend. We will miss him terribly, but take comfort in the many fine memories of his service and the legacy that he leaves behind."

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