He was born Oct. 28, 1932, in Hungary, the son of the late Vamos and Julia Farkas.
He was employed by Crawford Furniture as a foreman and also by the Lakewood YMCA as a gymnastics instructor. He was a communicant of St. John Catholic Church and served as an altar boy for Cardinal Mindszenty while in Hungary.
He was a member of the Hungarian Olympic gymnastics team in 1952 and 1956, winning a team bronze in the 1956 games. He defected to the United States at the end of the 1956 Olympics, settling at Kent State University as a gymnastics coach. Moving to Jamestown in 1960, he dedicated his life to sports and fitness and in 1996 was recipient of the Coach of the Year Award given by the National YMCA.
He will be remembered for this sense of humor and for teaching himself to speak English. He will be missed by his dear friend, Leanne Jeziorski of Jamestown.
He is survived by a son, Michael “Miki” Farkas of Jamestown; a daughter, Robin Miller of Las Cruces, N.M.; and three grandsons: Timothy Michael, David and Marc Girts, all of Jamestown.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Miki Farkas, and a sister, Ibi Fekete.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John Catholic Church. The Rev. Donald S. Fafinski, pastor, will be celebrant. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
The additional financial assistance of the community is critical to the success of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. We gratefully acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their generous support.