Alvin O. Sabo


Alvin O. Sabo, who earned a reputation as one of the great trial attorneys in the Capital District of NY, lost his valiant battle with prostate cancer on March 21st at the age of 79. He passed away surrounded by loving family at his home in Lake Worth Beach, FL. He was born in Paterson, NJ to Solomon and Nettie Sabo, Jewish immigrants who fled to America to escape persecution in their native lands of Ukraine and China.

Al graduated with honors from Rutgers University with two bachelor's degrees and then attained a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. At Rutgers he met Ruth Lechter and they started their 58 year marriage after their junior year of college. Following law school, they moved to NYC where he worked in a Wall Street law firm and they began their family. At the start of 1970 they settled in the Capital District where Al began a career as an Assistant Attorney General of New York under Louis Lefkowitz. A decade later he became a law partner with the Albany trial firm of Donohue, Sabo, Varley, & Armstrong. Al served for more than two decades as a valued member on the Board of Directors of Espey Corporation in Saratoga Springs, NY. An avid reader, Al was a man of many talents who loved to learn and tell stories. For years he was a nationally ranked racquetball player. Al was a skilled pianist and singer. He enjoyed singing baritone with the choir at Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy, his home synagogue for more than 50 years. Al also loved hiking, especially up the mountains in his beloved Acadia National Park in Maine. He was a student of history, becoming an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls and World War II. He amassed one of the top philatelic collections in the nation of World War II patriotic postal covers. Following retirement Al and Ruth enjoyed traveling the world together, exploring the Galapagos Islands, going on a safari to South Africa and especially their annual Jazz Cruises. His photos from their travels are remarkable, but nothing gave him more joy than having gatherings with his beloved family.

Al leaves behind three children, Joshua Sabo (Mary Frances) of North Greenbush, NY, Karen Sabo (Derek Davidson) of Boone, NC, and Beth Sabo Novik (Larry) of Saratoga Springs, NY. He adored his seven grandchildren, Adam Sabo, Rachel Sabo-Hedges, Maria Sabo, Mary Davidson, Nadia Sabo, Daniel Novik and Maxwell Novik and honorary grandson Ali Fahramand. He is also survived by his beloved brother Jack Sabo (Marilyn) of Boynton Beach, FL and numerous adoring nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Rubin Memorial Chapel of Boynton Beach, FL and will be led by Rabbi Michael Simon of the Sabo’s Florida synagogue, Temple Beth Kodesh of Boynton Beach, FL.

Shiva will be private at the family home in Lake Worth Beach, FL.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages contributions in Al’s memory to Congregation Berith Sholom, 167 Third St., Troy, NY 12180, The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, or the AntiDefamation League,

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