Gerrish Island, Kittery Point, ME — Albert Louis Farrah, Sr., 95, died at his residence on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, joining his beloved wife, Jeanne V. Farrah, who passed away in his arms on March 8, 2013. Mr. Farrah was born in Lawrence, the only son of the late Louis J. Farrah and his wife Helen (Ghusn) Farrah. He graduated from St. Mary's Grammar School and Lawrence High School. He was a graduate of the Tilton School in Tilton, N.H., and the New England Institute of Anatomy in Boston. Mr. Farrah also attended Syracuse University where he studied pre-medicine. In 2008, the President of Syracuse bestowed upon him the title of "Orange", the university's highest alumnus honor for Mr. Farrah's service to the this nation during World War II.
On December 20, 1943, Lt. Farrah, a bombardier - navigator of the US Army Air Corps 427th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, received injuries during a bombing mission over Bremen, Germany. He parachuted from his crippled B-17 and was captured. Lt. Farrah, was imprisoned with other Allied officers at Stalag Luft I in Barth, Germany until being liberated by units of the Russian Army. While a prisoner of the German Army, he memorialized his experiences in diary entitled "A War Time Log". A recipient of the Purple Heart, he was retired as a Captain and returned to Lawrence and rejoined his father, Louis J. Farrah, as a funeral director at L. J. Farrah and Son Funeral Home. Shortly thereafter, at a chance meeting at Morin Restaurant on Essex Street, he met the love of his life, Jeanne LeCLerc. They were married in St. Mary's Church on August 31, 1947, and raised seven children during their 65 year marriage. Mr. Farrah was still active and advising his staff at the funeral home up until the day of his passing.