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Obituary: Assad Shorrosh, 1929, Nazareth, Palestine – Houston, Texas 2014
ASSAD SHORROSH, age 85, of Spring,Texas. Beloved son of the late Augustine and Olga Shorrosh, Nazareth, Palestine. Dear sibling of brothers Anis and Samuel, and his late sister Kamleh.
Assad is survived by his lifelong love and wife, Lilian, and by his children, David, Edward, Sandra, Anthony, and seven grandchildren Tristan, Jacob, Mason (by Edward), Lillith, Brianna (by Anthony), and Michael and Andrew (by David).
Assad lost his father at a very young age. Being the oldest son, Assad immediately found work and helped provide for his family and care for his mother and younger siblings.
Assad wanted to become a Baptist Minister. His commitment was rewarded when he was awarded a Baptist Scholarship that allowed him to travel to the United States to study at Oklahoma University. But while in college, he discovered a love for engineering and switched his career. In Oklahoma and the American West, Assad quickly found work in the burgeoning American oil industry. He Became a proud U.S citizen in 1960 and was proud to be a American but never forgetting his roots.
It was while in Chicago where Assad was introduced to his life partner, Lilian. Assad and Lillian were happily married for over 50 years.
Assad’s career took him through travels that spanned the globe were he built life long relationships. They lived in Oklahoma City, after their marriage. Later, they traveled to Bolivia and then Venezuela working for assortment company’s in the oil industry. They briefly lived in Chicago and then traveled to Indonesia, and they settled in Houston in 1980.
After retiring from the oil industry, at the age of 65, Assad decided to open his first business in 1995, With the help of his wife and children, Assad became the first Denny’s franchisee in Houston, Texas.
Assad opened his first restaurant because he just wanted a place to go visit with friends and relatives to relax and enjoy his retirement because he loved people and that was the start of his second career, in food service industry. With the help of the family, they now operates eight Denny’s Restaurants in the Houston area where they are respected members of their local communities, Charities and other social groups for the betterment of society; As well as a respected member of the Denny’s Franchise community.
Assad enjoyed talking to people. Traveling was fascinating to him. He loved to explore his culture. He lived for his wife, his children and his grand children. He enjoyed most being a grandfather watching his children mature to adulthood and his grand children playing around him at his home.
His biggest concern at the end was that his family and his children and his grand children were going to be ok, and would hopefully never experience the hardships which he endured growing up.
Assad was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011 and he battled the disease aggressively until his passing. Assad Shorrosh passed away Sunday June 1, 2014.
During his hospitalization and rehab therapy, Assad was able to enjoy his therapy with the help of his children and his grandchildren. This gave him joy and peace during his time of pain.
Assad was fortunate to have his family at his side when he passed.
FINAL PUBLISHED OBITUARY:
ASSAD SHORROSH, age 85, of Spring, TX. Beloved son of the late Augustine and Olga Shorrosh, Nazareth, Palestine. Dear sibling of brothers Anis and Samuel, and sister Kamle, who passed in 2012. Loving husband of Lilian, and father of David, Edward, Sandra, and Anthony, and grandfather of seven, Tristan, Jacob, Mason (by Edward), Lillith, Brianna (by Anthony), and Michael and Andrew (by David). Former Vice President of Overseas Production for HuffCo Oil, and owner/operator of eight Houston area Dennys Restaurants. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011, Assad battled the disease aggressively until his passing on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Klein Funeral Home, Champions. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday, June 6, in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in Klein Memorial Park, FM 2920, Tomball, Texas.
Donations in lieu of flowers should be made in the name of Assad Shorrosh benefiting the Texas Children’s Hospital for Cancer, 6701 Fannin St., #1400, Houston, Texas.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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