THE GOOD MEMORY OF ELIAS ISSA.
Posted by Roula Elias Issa on March 26, 2001
I miss you dad. I am
sad we lost you so soon and in this painful way. I wish you lived longer
to see our children grow up. You filled our days with laughter and joy,
and now your death has left a great void in our lives. You were the
greatest loving dad and the dearest friend to all of us. You devoted
your life to us; you provided for us, took care of us and listened to
our problems. You were our safety net.
You went through many
hardships during your childhood, but you never complained and never gave
up on life. On the contrary, you worked hard and you became the great
successful person that everybody loved and looked up to. I am so proud
to be your daughter.
You loved Bazbina and
each and everyone of its people, and they loved you too. You loved life
and you enjoyed every second of it. You always looked at the bright side
of life and thanked God for what he has given you. I want to be like you
and see life through your eyes.
I promise you dad that
I will keep your memory alive and do the things that you liked to see me
do. I am sure that you are in a better place now watching over us and
guiding our way in this life.
You will be in my
heart forever and I will always miss you. May you rest in peace......
From all your family
who loves you very much.
Posted by Manuel Hazim on March 27, 2001
In Reply to: My dad
Elias Issa posted by Roula Elias Issa on March 26, 2001
How much your words
are true and deeply felt. I could imagine Elias with me while reading
through your note. I could add a lot and a lot about Elias and I will
never finish. We all remember Elias and his words of greetings: "Ya Hala
Bel Ward" or "Ya Hala Bel Woroud". This prompted Samir Nassar and myself
to call our daughters: Hala.
Also, his greeting:
"Ya Hala Ibna-Khoui". His chants and his harmonica never to be
forgotten. All of a sudden he starts with "The Spanish National Anthem"
of Franco and turns to "Zhabyata-l Ounsi Ta'alaiy" to end up with
"Arijou-Zahri min Ourfek".
He was following every
student from our community, including myself. He wanted to know what and
how are we doing what are we thinking and planning for the future . He
used to direct us and tell us that with determination we can attain
marvels. When we graduated, he worked laboriously to get us posted. He
had the confidence in every one of us that we are going to excel and be
successful in life. He thought of us as a mirror reflection of himself
and that would mean that our success is his as well.
Personally, I can not
forget Elias. After my graduation in 1970 I travelled to Nigeria to work
with CAT on road jobs. We were left alone in far and remote areas, in
virgin tropical forests and in swamps. To get food supplies we had to
send our storekeepers over earth-roads to the nearest city on a journey
of 4 hours. I will not be exaggerating to state that the strongest
spiritual support I had then was through the regular letters of my
father and those of your Dad, which are safe kept in my files.
In being positively
active with the people around him, giving them advice and spiritual
support, he was truly following the word of God and he would be the
first to be in Heaven.
He will be always
remembered. We shall encounter few like him in our lifetime. God bless
his memory and his soul.