In Honor of Alvin Goldfarb

Celebrated Northwest jeweler Alvin Goldfarb passed away in Seattle Washington on September 4th. He was 84.


Alvin, the second of three boys, born to Sylvia and Samuel Goldfarb was born and raised in the Montlake neighborhood. Alvin lettered in varsity basketball at Garfield High School, where he was team captain and senior class president; graduated from the University of Washington, where he was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and was enrolled in ROTC.  While in High School and college, Alvin performed in a well known local quartet called the Debonaires , which eventually became a duo, The Two –Tones. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force; and earned his Graduate Gemology degree from the Gemological Institute of America.

When he met and married the love of his life, Jackie Friedlander, he chose to join Friedlander & Sons Jewelers.  His genuine caring and attention to his clients led to a wonderful career in the jewelry business and friendships lasting a lifetime. Alvin was not one to simply perform a job. He was hard-working and creative. During the 1962 World’s Fair Alvin created an entire collection of memorabilia including Space Needle charms, key chains and more. In 1980 he again showed his entrepreneurial spirit launching the jewelry boutique bearing his name, Alvin Goldfarb Jeweler in Bellevue. It was a bold move in pre-Bellevue Square suburbia. He immediately established his reputation for unparalleled integrity, quality, and privacy.

Among his community service, Goldfarb taught Hebrew school at Temple de Hirsch Sinai, served as president of the Pacific Northwest Jewelers Association and the Mercer Island Country Club; was vice president of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of King County; and served on the boards of directors of the Corporate Council for the Arts and Temple de Hirsch Sinai. He was a member of the downtown Seattle Rotary Club, Tamarisk Country Club, and Central Park Tennis Club.

Alvin worked hard to provide a wonderful life for his family.  His great affection for a good chocolate milkshake, A Mariner’s Game, Two and a Half Men, and poker with the guys was only surpassed by his great love for his wife, children and grandchildren.

Alvin Goldfarb is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Jacqueline; his children Susan Goldfarb Wolfe of Palo Alto; Steven (and Fredda) Goldfarb of Bellevue, and David Goldfarb of Los Angeles; grandsons Jack and Sam Wolfe; and brother, Royal (and Kris) Goldfarb. He is predeceased by his brother, Michael Goldfarb of Medina.  Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6th at Temple de Hirsch Sinai in Seattle. Memorial contributions may be sent to Temple De Hirsh Sinai 1511 East Pike Street Seattle, WA  98115

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