Abraham “Abe” Elias Haddad passed away on August 12, 2021, at the age of 86 in
West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Miami, FL. His battle with serious medical issues, resulting from several strokes, showed his courage in facing life’s challenges.
As a child, Abe proclaimed that his goal was to become a lawyer when he grew up. From a young age, he could argue convincingly with anyone of any age and on any subject! However, his dream to become a lawyer did not materialize. After completing high school at Jamaica College, he and his brother Sam willingly responded to the need of the family at the time: to help their mother run the family business as there were three younger children still in boarding school. Their mother was running the business singlehandedly while caring for her sick husband who was confined to bed for over five years…also stroke-related.
Abe, the third child of Elias and Evelyn Haddad, was a fun-loving, intelligent man with exceptional memory, always striving to advance his knowledge. He was a remarkable storyteller, often embellishing the facts! Abe had two brothers and three sisters and is predeceased by his wife Beverly (Crawford), his parents, and his two older siblings, Lorice Sirgany and Sam. He is survived by his children: Rory (Wendy) and their children Elijah and Jacob; Sue-Ann Chang (Chris) and their children, Amanda, Kayla, Nick, and Dylan; and Wayne (Debbie) and their children Jillian and Michael; his sisters Hesin Luwald and Odette, his brother Joe (Laura) and several nephews and nieces. Abe had two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Aliya, children of Amanda and Alex (Pena).
Although Abe ran the store in Linstead, Jamaica, he never lost interest in history (he was a history buff in school!), reading, sports, and animals. He owned a couple of racehorses and German shepherds. The horses ran at Caymanas Park and were often successful; the shepherds were proudly trained and shown by Abe and frequently won Best in Show. Having high regard for good health, Abe engaged in daily and strenuous exercises and consumed only healthy foods.
Because of ill health, Abe came to Miami in 2009 for medical treatment, then began living in an assisted living facility in South Miami. There he made friends, enjoyed conversations with other residents, and had fun playing dominoes and bingo. One of Abe’s favorite past times was going outside daily for fresh air, the delight in nature, and the brilliance and heat of the Florida sun. Because of his long stay at the nursing home, Abe was well known and beloved by the staff. The activities director said of Abe: “I will miss him dearly and will always admire and remember his daily stamina and his will to overcome all the difficult obstacles life had dealt him. Rest in peace, my friend.”
Abe’s life will be celebrated at Cape Cod, MA, later in September.
We love you Abe and miss you already. Rest in peace!
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