Kenneth Goldfarb, lifelong resident of Sullivan County, passed away on Wednesday April 6, 2005. He was 78 years old.
A US Army veteran, graduate of Monticello High School and North Carolina State School of Architecture, where he studied under Buckminster Fuller, Ken was a partner in the local architectural firm of Blech and Goldfarb. the Ted Streoble Monticello Neighborhood Facility, Crawford Senior Housing Project, the Jewish Community Center and Sullivan's Department Store were examples of his local work. Ken, later in his career, was also a partner in Habig and Goldfarb, a Middletown based architectural firm. He recently won the 2004 Sullivan Showcase Award for his design and renovation of the Eagle Plaza in Monticello.
Involved in the community, Ken was a founding member of the Town of Thompson Environmental Council, long time member of both the Town of Thompson and the Village of Monticello Planning Boards as well as the Village Sign Committee. Ken was instrumental in envisioning and bringing to fruition youth programming, first in building "The Dome" and then in designing the Neighborhood Facility. For many years, Ken was involved in local politics. Active in the Vietnam anti-war movement, he ran campaigns for local candidates including Joe Garlick, and David Kaufman. Ken also ran the Sullivan County campaigns for Congressman McHugh and Presidential candidate George McGovern. Currently, Ken was an active and outspoken member of SPECS (Special Protection of the Environment for the County of Sullivan) and the Landfield Ave. Synagogue.
His mind always nimble and inquiring, Ken was actively engaged in horticultural research. He holds two patents, one for a garden trellis system and the other for a municipal composting system. At the time of his death, he was working on a hydroponics system.
Ken, leaves behind his family, including his wife of 53 years, Barbara, his son Mark and his wife Joan Wilson of Croton-on-Hudson, NY and their children, Zoe and Madeleine, his son James and his wife Helen Rados of Harris, NY and their children Eli and Joanna, his daughter Lisa Goldfarb, her husband Dermot Liddy of Arlington, MA and their children Rory and Ezra, and his daughter Adrienne and her husband Jim Austin of Arlington, MA. Ken is also survived by his sister, Anita Perlmutter of Monticello and many loving cousins, near and far.
Funeral Services will take place at Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home 388 Broadway Monticello at 12 noon Today, Friday, April 8, 2005. Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz will officiate. Burial to follow at the Landfield Ave. Synagogue Cemetery on the Thompsonville Rd. Monticello.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in Ken's memory may do so to SPECS PO Box 1515 Monticello, NY 12701 or the Landfield Ave. Synagogue PO Box 410 Monticello, NY 12701.
Shiva will be held at the family residence Friday until Shabbat, following Shabbat on Sat. and until 7pm on Sun.
Funeral arrangements by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc. Monticello. Also visit our website josephngarlickfuneralhome.com
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