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.
He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church in Lawrence and was a member and past President of the Holy Name Society. He was a past President of the Lawrence Exchange Club, and held memberships in the American Ex-Prisoners of War, Disabled American Veterans, Hamblet Health Club and United Lebanese Charitable Society of Lawrence.
He and his late wife, Jeanne moved to Gerrish Island in Kittery Point in 1985, and were active members of that community. Together they were fitness enthusiasts who enjoyed the ocean and walks on the beach. They traveled to Italy, Portugal, London, Lebanon and Hawaii and also maintained a winter residence in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Mr. Farrah read extensively on World War II and shared his wartime experiences with many high school and college students.
Mr. Farrah is survived by his children, Albert L. Farrah, Jr. and his wife, Karen Van Beers and their children, Gabrielle and Sisi of Winchester, MA; David W. Farrah and his daughters, Jennifer of Saalfalden, Austria and Elizabeth Samataro of Methuen; Jeanne C. Jabour and her husband, George and their children, Dylan, Sarah and Michael of Chestnut Hill, MA; Louis J. Farrah, II and his wife, Ivanna (Torres) Farrah and their children, Mia, Louis J. III, Oliver Elias and Natalia of Andover; Melissa Bouzianis and her husband James, and their children, Matthew, Nicholas and Michael of North Hampton, NH; Maria Howell and her husband, Raymond and their children, Isabel, Sam and Ava of Newton, MA; and Clifford H. Farrah and his wife Kim (McChesney) Farrah and their children, Cameron and Cole of Destin, FL. In addition, Mr. Farrah is survived by 4 great grandchildren, nieces, Evelyn S. Caron and Nina S. Caron, and 8 great nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral mass will be offered Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, 145 Amesbury St., Lawrence, MA. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery, Methuen. Friends may call Monday, April 1, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Farrah Funeral Home, 133 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA, 01841.