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85, of Elkins Park, PA, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2023. Joel is survived by his beloved wife Evelyn (nee Steinberg); loving children Elaine Goldhammer (Anthony Pascale), Hilary Goldhammer (Marc Erickson), and Bruce Goldhammer; and adoring grandchildren Ella, Aaron, Douglas, Serena, and Vivian. Born in Pittsburgh, Joel received an electrical engineering degree from Carnegie Tech University, followed by a law degree at George Washington University. While in Washington DC, Joel met the love of his life, Evelyn, whom he quickly wooed with his white Triumph convertible. Joel and Evelyn moved to the Philadelphia area where he had a fulfilling law career protecting the intellectual property of inventors and designers. Despite the rigors of his work, Joel always made time for family, friends, and leisure activities, especially tennis and skiing. As the father of a son with Down Syndrome, Joel became an advocate for people with disabilities, serving many years on the boards of Jewish community-based non-profits. Once retired, Joel furthered his intellectual endeavors and athletic pursuits and deepened his relationships with family and friends. A dedicated, loving father, grandfather, provider, friend, and husband, he will be deeply missed. Relatives and friends of the Goldhammers are invited to Funeral Services Sunday, January 8, beginning at 12:30 PM at Goldsteins’ Rosenberg’s Raphael-Sacks, 6410 N. Broad St., Phila., PA; Int. Montefiore Cem. A video conference link can be emailed directly to those who cannot attend in person. Shiva will be observed at the Community Room of Briar House, 8302 Old York Road, Elkins Park. Contributions in his memory may be made to Jewish Learning Venture, https://jewishlearningventure.org ; 261 Old York Rd. #720, Jenkintown, PA 19046.
Sunday, January 8, 2023
12:30 - 1:30pm (Eastern time)
Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks Philadelphia
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