Legendary Brawley Union High School football coach Robert "Bob" Farrell died late Friday in San Diego after a short illness.
Word of his illness was confirmed for Wildcat football fans when a moment of silence in Farrell's honor was observed before the Brawley and Calexico football game Friday at Warne Field in Brawley. The field was the scene of many of his victories.
Last year Farrell was honored at the Victory Bell game in Brawley. At half-time that night he was driven around the field and received a standing ovation from both Central Union High School, where he started his local coaching career, and Brawley high fans.
Many of his former players returned to spend dinner and the game with their former mentor, and the players were introduced along with Farrell and his family. They stood behind him during the ceremony, a living testimony to his influence on their lives and the devotion they still felt after nearly 50 years since their playing days.