Friday, January 6, 2017

Joel Springer: Calaveras High School teacher

   Joel Harold Springer, III was born December 11, 1948 in San Francisco He passed away on January 1, 2017 at his home in San Andreas.

    Joel had a Master's degree from San Francisco State University
and had taught at George Washington High School in San Francisco and Calaveras High School in San Andreas. He was currently substituting at several schools in Calaveras and Amador counties.

   He was also a paralegal and a notary and had worked as assistant grand secretary at the Masonic Grand Lodge of California.

   Joel was an avid Mason, being a 4 times Past Master of Phoenix Lodge # 144 in San Francisco and was currently active in Calaveras Lodge # 78 in San Andreas, where he was twice Past Master and had just been installed as Master for 2017.

   He was also a student of Freemasonry, and had served as president of the oldest and largest Masonic research society in the US, the Philalethes Society.

   He also very much enjoyed cooking and eating, and has left his husband a refrigerator and freezer full of marvelous leftovers and ingredients.

   Joel was Jewish and was active in the Congregation Sha'ar Azhav in San Francisco, before moving to San Andreas in 2006.

  Joel spent much of his life searching for more of himself, eventually coming out a gay man in his 50's, and marrying another man in 2013.

   Joel is survived by his husband of three years, John R. (Rob) Barnaby.  He had no siblings or children. He was predeceased by his mother and father.

   A brief Masonic Service will be held at 7 PM on Thursday January 19, 2017 at the Calaveras Masonic Lodge, 5 W. St. Charles, San Andreas. A Celebration of Life is also intended in the spring
   Memorial donations may be made to Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (synagogue) or to the California Masonic Foundation 1111 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 attn: Denise Avila (scholarships).

   San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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