Obituaries - 04/15/2013

James Francis Farber

April 11, 2013

PISECO - James Francis Farber, 61, died April 11, 2013 of an apparent heart attack.

He was born on August 2, 1951 in Little Falls. “Jim,” as he was known to his many friends, is survived by his mother, Lillian Walrath Farber of New Hartford; and his father, Stewart Farber of Syracuse; as well as three brothers, David Farber of Morehouseville, Ervin “Cap” Fuller and his wife, Carlotta, of East Herkimer and John Oblak and his wife, Janiece, of Bushkill, Pa. Additionally, Jim is survived by three nephews, James and Jeb Oblak of Philadelphia, Pa. and Brian Fuller of Albany; two nieces, Jolynn Oblak of Wappingers Falls and Jessica Oblak Ho-Sang of Orlando, Fla.; his uncle, Edward Walrath; and cousin, Cathy Walrath Blackwell; as well as several cousins on the Farber side of the family.

Jim Farber was a beloved son, brother, uncle and in-law who cherished his family.

Jim graduated from St. Francis de Sales Elementary School in 1965 and from Herkimer High School in 1969. He attended Herkimer Community College and graduated from The State University of New York at Brockport.

A true son of the Adirondacks, Jim was an entrepreneur at heart. He opened his first store in the Adirondacks in the early 1970s followed by two more stores, each larger than the previous one. Thus began a 28-year adventure where Jim worked as a realtor, a businessman, a school bus contract driver, a civic leader including current member of the Arietta Town Board and friend of many in the Adirondacks.

He was an active member of St. James Major Catholic Church, Lake Pleasant. For the past five years he worked for the State of New York Department of Transportation.

A caring and sensitive individual, often Jim would take a Thanksgiving meal to shut-ins, make calls on those who were ill, or assist with a local fundraiser. He will be greatly missed by his family and all those he befriended during his 61 years.

Calling hours will be held at the Autenrith Funeral Home, 7479 Main Street, Newport, on Wednesday, April 17, from 4-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John’s Church in Newport on Thursday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. with interment to follow in St. John’s Cemetery. The Mass will be concelebrated by the Rev. Quy Vo, Pastor of St. John’s, and the Rev. Sony Pulickal, Pastor of St. James Major Church, Lake Pleasant.

In lieu of flowers please consider memorials to Piseco Volunteer Fire Department or Piseco Volunteer Ambulance. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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