Gabi Ashkar –Gabi fell asleep with the lord on February 24, 2012. He was born on June 11, 1954 in Beirut Lebanon to Palestinian parents. Gabi emigrated to Syracuse, NY in 1973. He was born a businessman, even as a teenager he walked around with a briefcase. Gabi was owner and operator of Teal Market until he joined forces with his twin brother at Samir's Imports. Most people have hobbies, Gabi's hobby was working. Gabi loved his business and all the dear friends he made along the way. All the children that came into the store knew and loved Gabi because they knew Gabi had a candy treat for them. He was known as Uncle Gabi the candyman.
Gabi was a quiet giant who never had a bad word to say about anyone. This all played into his love for the church. He was chairman of the St Elias Middle Eastern Festival for 14 years. In addition, a past member of the Parish Council at St Elias Church. Gabi's love for his church and the many friends he made there was unwavering.
Gabi was totally dedicated to everything he held dear in his life. He was a humble man who lived a quiet life with his business, family, friends and Church, all held so close to his heart. Gabi had a good heart and a generous soul. Now he is off on another journey, but will be held deep in the hearts of all that knew him.
Gabi was predeceased by his twin brother Samir on February 5, 2012 and his parents Khalil and Massara Ashkar.
He is survived his brother, Suheil Ashkar and niece, Sueria Ashkar, both of Syracuse. He leaves behind several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday February 26 at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse, NY 13215. A funeral service will be held at Saint Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 Onondaga Rd. at 11 a.m. on Monday Februay 27, with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Elias building fund. To leave a note of condolence, please visit www.burnsgarfield.com Burns Garfield