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Obituary: Alfred Garber

Published in The Boston Globe on December 15, 2014

GARBER, Alfred Of North Falmouth and Palm Springs, formerly of Sharon, age 94, died at home surrounded by his loving family and close friends on December 13, 2014. He was predeceased by Irene Garber, his loving wife of 67 years.

He leaves his children Nancy Benjamin of Southborough, Jody Garber of Cambridge, and David E. Garber of North Falmouth and their spouses Harold Benjamin and Andrea Garber. Alfred was a very devoted and attentive grandfather to his six grandchildren: Matthew Benjamin, Melissa Roiter and her husband Eric, Margaret Levy, Joanna Levy, Ari Garber and Shoshanah Garber and six great-grandchildren. He shared a special bond with each of them and could always be counted on for wise counsel and a humorous repartee. Alfred is also survived by his brother-in-law Edward Berger of Canton and his wife Dorris, and his sister-in-law Lillian Garber of Lexington. He also leaves behind many close nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brothers Bernard, Sumner, Gilbert and his sister Isabel Garber.

Alfred was the consummate salesman. He sold jewelry, hot dogs, and travel-actually, he could sell anything-and he excelled at them all. He said there were two important elements in being a good salesperson: first, you had to believe in yourself and second, you had to believe in your product. Al made friends easily and for the long term. And while he swore that his wife was the only woman he had ever looked at, it was legend how many women would approach him and say they had dated him in high school. He was immensely proud of his family and fiercely loyal to them, even if they did something about which he wasn’t totally pleased which happened often during his children’s teenage years.

He was a religious man and took great pleasure in following the traditions and customs of his religion. Along with Irene, he was one of the founders of the Falmouth Jewish Congregation and served on many boards throughout his life. He was an “idea man” and would often suggest ways to solve a problem you didn’t even know you had. He will be greatly missed for his wisdom, humor, camaraderie, guidance and his unwavering optimism no matter what the situation.

Funeral Services will be held at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation (Meeting House), 7 Hatchville Road, Falmouth on Tuesday the December 16 at 10:30AM. Burial service at 1:00 pm at Sharon Memorial Park. A reception will follow at Orchard Cove, 1 Dell Pond Drive, Canton. Memorial observance will be held at his late residence on Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, PO Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574 (

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