Said Mohammed Fouzi El Haj Abed died on May 1st, 2019. During his time in Ashland, he was called by many names….”Sid”, “Stan”, “ Said” and answered to them all. We call him “Baba” which is Arabic for father. Baba was born in Jaffa, Palestine on April 29th, 1942. His family became refugees during the 1948 Palestinian exodus and his family moved to Amman, Jordan. As his birth certificate was lost during this crisis, he was issued a new one when he moved to the United States which had a different birthdate. Our Baba loved to tell anyone who would listen to the story of why his official birthday was January 5th, but his real one was April 29th. When he was 19 years old, he moved to Ashland for his education in mechanical engineering at Ashland College. He worked at FE Myers for 41 years and loved his work and all the friends he made there. Baba loved the simple pleasures in life. He loved a good pot of rice, a walk around Walmart or Aldi’s, a quiet review of newspapers in the Ashland Public Library. He enjoyed tending his roses, watching the stock market and having a friendly chat with his friends and neighbors.
He is survived by his son, Fouzi Haj Abed of Columbus (wife, Amanda Moses and grandchildren Collin and Alaina); daughters, Amira Hartman of Columbus (husband Kirk and grandchildren Grady and Will) and Andera Smith of Henderson, Nevada (grandchildren Nathan, Leila, Oliver and Elliot); his former spouse, Andr e HajAbed of Ashland; as well as his very dear friend and companion, Lottie Wilson of Ashland. He considered Lottie’s children his children and their grandchildren his own. They are Leonard Conn of Mount Gilead (grandchildren Kristeena and Katie), Neil Conn of Mansfield, (spouse Alicia Bailey, grandchildren Noah and Kylie), Joe Wilson of Defiance (wife Crystal) and Kayla Wilson of Delaware (partner Jake and grandchildren Khloe, Keira, Aiden and Autumn). He is also survived by many brothers, sisters and extended family who reside in Jordan, Saudia Arabia and all over the world.
Baba passed peacefully after a brief illness and we are very grateful to the hospital and nursing staff at OhioHealth Mansfield.
His children and Lottie will host a meal in his honor in the next coming months. If anyone would like to honor our dear Baba, we ask that you enjoy a good meal with your family, stop and say hello to a stranger that may look different than you and take a moment to hug and appreciate your friends and family as he did us. He loved whole heartedly and we are forever grateful for the time he spent with us.
The Wappner Cremation Center is honored to serve the Haj Abed family.