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Joel Farb November 13, 1950 - October 26, 2019

Joel Farb, age 68, passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019.  He was born in Galveston on November 13, 1950 to Lillie and Haskell Farb and grew up on the island, graduating from Ball High School.  He spent his freshman year at Penn State University and never lost his love for the Nittany Lions.  In one of his very first classes, his psychology professor ignited his interest in that subject and he pursued it as his career. He transferred to the University of Texas at Austin and received his bachelor’s degree.  He received his master’s degree from the University of Kansas.

Throughout his career Joel worked with many clients to help them with their behavior issues.  For many years, he coordinated the autism program at The Arbor School, a school for developmentally challenged children.   He also had a private practice working with both adults and children.

Joel was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend.  He was kind, sincere and a truly good person and he was always there when you needed him.  He was a trusted confidante and he gave excellent, thoughtful advice.  He was proud to be Jewish and his Judaism was a guide throughout his life.  We will miss lighting the Friday night candles, hearing him sing the Kiddush, and leading our seders at Passover.  His loss leaves a big hole that is impossible to fill.

Joel is preceded in death by his parents, Lillie and Haskell Farb.  He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Gerilyn and John Gordon of Houston, nephew Jeffrey Gordon of Atlanta, nephew Jay Gordon and his wife Ilyse of Houston and Memphis, cousins Helene Lubel and her family of Houston, Joseph Weintraub and his family of Santa Cruz, California, and Esther Shubitz and her family of Houston.

 

A Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 11:00 AM at Beth Jacob Cemetery, 61st street at  Avenue T 1/2, Galveston, Texas 77551

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    Cindy Cox says

    I’m so sorry to read of Joel’s passing. We knew each other from Dr. B’s dental office. I always looked forward to talking to him. He had such a peaceful personality. Gone too soon.
    To Gerilyn and family, I’m sorry for your loss.

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    Joseph Weintrab says

    The entire Weintraub family in Santa Cruz, Sacramento and Salt Spring Island, BC Canada sends our sincere and profound condolences to Joel’s family. All of us have remarked together upon what amazing integrity, sincerity and devotion he possessed in his life. We will be inspired by his memory and blessed to have known this wonderful person. With much love, Joseph and Carmella Weintraub, Isaac Weintraub, Eli Weintraub and Banafsheh Amini and Ezra Weintraub.

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    Pam Esser says

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Joel and I worked together for many years. He was a frequent speaker for our organization, The Attention Deficit Disorders Association (ADDA-SR). He served on our Professional Advisory Council since 1995 and was a staunch supporter. He was a strong advocate and educator for those with behavior challenges. He will be deeply missed.

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    Debra Moore says

    Joel was a wise, dedicated, and caring man. I got to know him at ADDA conferences and enjoyed his company at many speakers’ luncheons. When I went into business for myself as an ADD educator 17 years ago, he emailed me and was very encouraging of my efforts; I will always be grateful for his support for myself and his devotion to helping our community. The world was blessed with his gifts, and we are lucky to have known him.

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    Robin Rettie says

    You will be dearly missed, Joel. Thank you for your continued and relentless service to children in need. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and I’m not sure we’ll find another to do as much as you did for so many. Rest in peace, sweet Joel.

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    Christie Enzinna says

    I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Joel’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a brilliant behavior analyst. Another one of those heartbreaks as so many times over the past few years I have said I want to get together again and we never managed it.

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    Christie Enzinna says

    I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Joel’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a brilliant behavior analyst. Another one of those heartbreaks as so many times over the past few years I have said I want to get together again and we never managed it.

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    Cynthia Petrello says

    My deepest condolences for your loss. Joel, was my daughter, Carena’s teacher at the Arbor school and I cannot say enough about how lovely and truly caring a person Joel was to Carena, her family and so many of his other students.. We will forever hold in our hearts Joel’s kindness, knowledge and special touch of magic that made being with him so rewarding and special.

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    Regeana Everett says

    Joel was a very important and influential part of the Arbor School.
    He is truly missed.

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    Beverly Mason says

    Joel was a guiding light for us with our disabled son and was always there for us with a smile, a funny comment and good solid advise. He helped us make it through many tough and draining years. I am so sad to hear this. We knew him for over 23 years.

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