Samuel Farber, 98, of Springfield died Feb. 11, 2020. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he moved to Springfield in 1957. He and his wife spent winters in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Early on, Mr. Farber worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a machinist, building battleships. Later he worked for RCA and then took over management of Weinstock Bros., the family-owned industrial hardware distributorship in Manhattan.
He attended Brooklyn College and then transferred to City College of New York, where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. He earned an advanced degree in industrial management from Stevens Institute of Technology.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Naval Air Corps as a flight engineer.
In retirement, he studied and mastered multiple arts and crafts, including sculpture, painting, leatherwork, jewelry, silverwork, gem faceting, and stained glass; he also built his own golf clubs and fishing rods. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed growing tomatoes.
Predeceased by his wife, Phyllis (Weinstock), whom he married in 1951, he is survived by his son, James of New York City; his daughter, Susan of Princeton; and a sister, Harriet Goldstein.
Arrangements were handled by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union. A memorial service will be held in the future.