LATROBE — FARRAH – Jacob G. “Sonny,” 78, Latrobe, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Life Care Hospital, Monroeville. Jacob was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Everson, son of the late George J. and Abla Nassar Farrah. Jacob was a graduate of Scottdale High School, Class of 1953. Attended St. Vincent College for undergraduate studies and Penn State University for his graduate work. Jacob began his teaching career in Ohio and after three years took a position in Alexandria City School District, Alexandria, Va., where he taught until his retirement in 1991. Jacob loved landscaping and Siamese cats. Enhancing every neighborhood in which he lived, the city of Alexandria, Va., recognized him with an award for his beautification contributions to the city. He has been a cat owner for 40 years, and always a Siamese cat. Upon learning of his death, one of his friends stated, “He was such a generous spirit; when he entered a room he filled it with joy and laughter. I am so grateful for having had his presence in my life.” The family wished to share that quote, for it best describes the broad based perception of him as a person and the love so many felt toward him. He will forever remain in the hearts of family and friends and those memories will always cause a smile, remembering his ever present wit and sense of humor. While blessed with innumerable friends, the family wishes to extend special gratitude to his high school best pal, Mary Ann Mackin for her presence and love throughout his three weeks of hospitalization prior to his death. In addition to his parents, Abla and George Farrah, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marian Farrah Tony; a brother, Robert (Bobby) Farrah; and a nephew, Jay Salem. Jacob is survived by his sisters, Dr. Peggy Farrah, Latrobe, and Jane Salem, and her husband, Dr. J. George Salem, Johnstown; his nieces, Linda (Gary) Salem Ganson; Donna (Jim) Salem Smith; niece and godchild, Brenda J. Salem; Lisa (Jeff) Salem Salamon; Barbara (Jim) Salem Putignano; Lori Tony; and Kimberly Tony; his great-nephew and godchild, Devlin Ganson; and several great-nieces and -nephews. In honoring his wishes, interment arrangements will be private. Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of choice or Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, Neb. 68010, Humane Society of Westmoreland County, Route 119 North, Humane Society Road, Greensburg, Pa. 15601 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the Robert B. Ferguson Funeral Home, 105 Spring St., Scottdale. (www.fergusonfunerals.com)
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