Rabbi Yochanan Follman passed away on April 7 after his existing health issues were exacerbated by COVID-19.

After spending decades in Brooklyn, N.Y., he spent his later years in Lakewood, N.J., where as a young man he studied under prominent Torah teachers in the famed local yeshivah.

He spent time in the diamond industry, where he developed a reputation as someone who would patiently guide and teach younger colleagues new to the business.

Always respectful, Follman was known for his warm and welcoming demeanor, and would treat children as equals with a maturity beyond their years.

His warm smile remained even after he had a surgery that left him unable to walk. When asked how he was doing, he answered positively and without a word of complaint, despite his pain.

Follman is survived by six children.

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