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Joel C. Galperin

Feb 12, 2021

Joel C. Galperin passed away Jan. 29, 2021, at the age of 76. Joel was born in Huntington, WV on March 8, 1944.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Galperin; son Tom Galperin and his wife, Elisabeth of Cincinnati, Ohio, daughter Meg Moss and her husband Ken of Sanford, North Carolina, stepdaughters, Keely Dunham and husband Kevin of Hedgesville, WV and Kasey Walsh and husband Corey of Kearneysville, WV, 10 grandchildren, Eli and Alex Galperin, James, Nathanael, Cooper and Tucker Moss, Pierce Cloonan, Beau Dunham, Ava Gifft and Erin Walsh.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon Jerome Galperin and Ida Lee Matz Galperin, and his sister, Karen Solomon.

Joel received his bachelor degree from Marshall University in 1968. He was an avid, lifelong fan of the Marshall University sports teams, most especially the “Thundering Herd” football team. He earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Virginia Tech in 1971, with additional studies at the University of Virginia, Frostburg State, Shepherd University, and the University of Miami in Florida. He served as a field signaller in the Army from 1968-1970, specializing in morse code and was A Vietnam Veteran. Joel worked as a teacher and school administrator in Loudon County Virginia Public Schools from 1970-1978. From 1978-2000 he served as Executive Director of the Eastern Panhandle Training Center in Hedgesville, WV from 2000-2009, he was the Operations Manager for the Jefferson School in Jefferson, Maryland. Upon retirement, he was employed as a Table Games Dealer at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV from 2010-2013 and then worked as a bookkeeper for Clearview Communities in Frederick, Maryland from 2013-2014.

Joel was past president of the Loudon Association for Retarded Citizens. During that time, he was instrumental in the founding of the ECHO (“Every Citizen Has an Opportunity”) Sheltered Workshop. He was also a past member of the Martinsburg Rotary Club and served as President of the Board of Directors for the Panhandle Alliance for Therapeutic Horsemanship (P.A.T.H.) Joel Founded the EPIC Soccer Club and coached travel soccer teams in the Eastern Panhandle for 18 years, including several state championship teams.

There will be no memorial service or visitation. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430 and the Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414.

Online condolences may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeswv.com.