"The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21)


Dr. Salim Honein Hasbani

Passed away in Damascus, Syria on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
Beloved son of the late Honein Hasbani and Eleanor Abou Samra.
Loving husband of Reine Hasbani.
Devoted father of Honein Hasbani.
Dear brother of Salma Wanees (late Nabil) and Souad Halwani (late Elia)


George W. Brown

Passed away in Arizona on Saturday June 13, 2015.
Beloved husband of Shafeeka Alfred Abou Samra for over 30 years .
Loving father of Nicole and Paul

A tribute by Nicole Brown
I will always remember you like this, before ALS and dementia took a hold of you, so kind, sweet and loving (and with a camera). Always, up until the end. Even when you weren't feeling well, you had a smile on your face.
You had the most brilliant mind and the biggest heart. Everything you did, you did with perfection. You loved mathematics, physics, rocket science, travel, photography and your work, but more than anything you loved your family.
I wish I could have had the chance to learn more about your journey in life or just pick your mysterious brain once more, but I'll take what I got because what you gave me was so much. I'll miss you, dad, but my heart is happy to know you're at peace now.
I'll love you forever and always feel proud to be your daughter


Tribute by The Arab American Heritage Council

Sylvia Mary Sophiea

Passed away Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the age of 91, in her Berkeley, California home with her family by her side.
Sylvia, daughter of Elias Abourezk and Rose Samra, was born April 20, 1922, in Gregory, South Dakota. After her father's early death, she was raised in Flint, Michigan, by her mother and stepfather, Anton Gantos. She married Frank Sophiea on November 25, 1945 and cherished 53 wonderful years with him.
Sylvia was highly respected and influential in the Flint community and beyond, serving tirelessly for 80 years as a community leader, activist, and organizer. She was an active member of the Arab American Heritage Council, a volunteer for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a board member of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and choir director of St. George Orthodox Church for 30 years. As a social worker/immigration specialist and finally executive director at the International Institute in Flint, she had a huge impact on the quality of life for immigrants of Flint and the neighboring communities. After Frank died, she spent the final years of her life contented in Berkeley, California, where she was beloved by her neighbors and the grandmother of her community. She was a remarkable woman who loved her family, her church, her community, and her music.
She is survived by four children and their spouses: Dale Sophiea and wife, Elania Nanopoulos; Sylvia Elaine Reeves and husband, Doug; Cynthia Sophiea and husband, Jeff Rodman; Michele Newsham and husband, Pat. She is also survived by grandchildren Nico Sophiea, Katherine Reeves, Rebecca Rodman, Jessica VanderPloeg, Eirin Newsham, and Karolyn Newsham, and great-grandchildren Sadie, Leit, Oliver, and Frances. She leaves behind many dear friends and cousins. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to a local hospice agency. The funeral will be held Tuesday, November 26th at Sunset View Cemetery, 101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530.
Please be sure to provide our contact information at time of donation so we are notified of your contribution in Sylvia's memory. For email notification: sylviasmemory@gmail.com; for mail notification: Michele Newsham, 42064 Fremont Preserve Square, Stone Ridge, VA 20105


Victor Michael Samra, Jr.

Of Bronxville, New York, and Kiawah Island, South Carolina, died at his New York home on Monday evening, May 23. He was 69 years old.

Mr. Samra was born on December 2, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York, to Victor Michael and Temam Kotite Samra. He graduated from Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn in 1959, and he received a degree in business from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1963.

In 1964 Mr. Samra began a career in business as a trader at the New York brokerage firm Asiel & Co.; in 1994 he retired from Wall Street after serving as a managing director of Lehman Brothers. He then pursued a new venture as the chief operating officer of First Marblehead, Inc., a student loan firm. He later became a managing member of Andover Brokerage in Garden City, New York. He retired from business in 2005.

Serving his community was an important part of Victor's life. For over 34 years he was on the board of Poly Prep Country Day School, where he also held the position of chairman, and for 18 years he was a dedicated member of the board of Lawrence Hospital Center. In Charleston, South Carolina, he served on the board of the South Carolina Aquarium.

Victor Samra will be remembered as a modest and generous person who loved life and lived it fully. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family and with friends, both old and new. He enjoyed exploring the world, always looking forward to new adventures, and in recent years he had become an inveterate traveler.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 27, at St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church of Brooklyn, New York, a church his father was instrumental in having built in Bay Ridge.

Mr. Samra was married to Alexandra Sherrer on October 4, 1969, and he is survived by his beloved wife and their two children, Victor III and Christina, their respective spouses, Laurie Maher-Samra and James Karper, Jr., and his adoring grandson, Owen Samra.

The Samra family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Samra Scholarship Fund at Poly Prep Country Day School, 9216 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228; Lawrence Hospital Center, Bronxville, NY 10708; or a favorite charity.


Habib Georges Abou Samra
Passed away in Chicago, Wednesday February 23, 2011.
Son of the late Georges Habib Abou Samra and Laurice Mujais Hobeika.
Father of Debbie Samra Sellers (Brad) of New York.
Brother of Nadia Samra Benab (Younes) of Washington, DC.
Uncle of Afsheen and Yasmin Benab of Washington, DC
Habib attended the American University of Beirut in 1953 Graduated from Olivet College in Illinois with distinction and honors including Who's Who Among in American Colleges and Universities.
An accomplished violinist at the age of 14, his love of classical music continued throughout his life.


Anthony "Tony" P. Gantos
Of San Antonio, Texas, was called home by the Lord on Friday, August 7, 2009 at the age of fifty.
Tony was born on August 24, 1958 in Flint, Michigan to Leo & Dorothy Gantos .
He was the Grandson of the late Rose Habib Abou Samra.
He was a devout Christian who spent his life ministering to people.
Tony was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and was able to travel to many parts of the world.
His tales were taller than most and his heart was bigger than Texas.
Tony is survived by his mother, Dorothy Gantos, sister; Yvonne Dobrowolski, sister; Deborah Gantos, niece; Nadia Hamideh, nephew; Lucas Arnold, niece; Emily Dobrowolski as well as family across the country and a community of close friends.
Services were held at 9:00 AM. on Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tony was buried at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery at 11:45 AM. on August 13, 2009