International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) released a statement on January 8, 2014 mourning the passing of IOCC Honorary Board Member Dr. George Farha. Founding member and former Chairman of the IOCC Charles Ajalat said, "Dr. Farha played a critical role during IOCC's formative years with his wisdom, vision and commitment. IOCC owes a great debt to him."
From serving on the IOCC board of directors to supporting countless humanitarian works which assisted people in need of shelter, food or safety, Dr. Farha's tireless efforts to always "put people first" served as a spiritual cornerstone for the organization.
"Dr. George Farha was a man of singular vision and great stature in the Orthodox community and beyond," said Michael S. "Mickey" Homsey, Chairman of IOCC's Board of Directors. "This pious, humble and loving man's lifelong mantra of 'people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care' left an indelible effect on all who were blessed to know him. We were made better by Dr. Farha's presence in our lives, and I will miss the man who taught me the importance of valuing the needs of others as much as my own."
"Dr. Farha had an incredible ability to lead and inspire everyone around him," said Constantine Triantafilou, IOCC Executive Director and CEO. In 2012, IOCC selected him as one of five prominent Orthodox Christian community leaders to be an inaugural recipient of its "Compassion at Work" Award , recognizing his extraordinary contributions to the organization's mission and its continued success over the past 21 years.
In 2013, the Antiochian Heritage Foundation presented Dr. Farha with their "Man of the Year" Award , in honor of his philanthropic efforts that spanned many years and numerous worthy causes.
May his memory be eternal!