Obituary: Adel Saleem Bateh

Adel Saleem Bateh
June 22, 1936 – August 31, 2017
Jacksonville, FL

Adel Saleem Bateh peacefully departed this life on August 31, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

Adel was born June 22nd, 1936 to Saleem and Nimeh Bateh in Ramallah, Palestine.

After emigrating to the United States as a young man, he settled in Jacksonville, Florida. He married his wife Armallina, and started his beautiful family while building and running his very successful business. He and his family later moved to Lake Worth, Florida where he and his wife raised their two children, Adel Jr., (Eddie) and Tonia, before returning to Jacksonville in 1986.

There he was a successful business owner and a member of the Ramallah-American Club.

He led a very long and happy life, and was very healthy, strong and active even into his eighties, always working in the yard and around the house (in fact, his yard won yard of the month on multiple occasions), and he was always there to help his son, Eddie, with his business.

He cherished his independence, and never depended on anyone else to get around.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, and he was beloved and respected by all who knew him. He was very active in the community, and he always made time to take care of his family, as well as frequently have lunch with his friends.

He always had kind words for everyone, and very wise advice for anyone who listened, gleaned from his many years of life’s experiences.

His grandson, Brandon, was the light of his life. He always loved to spend his time, and play with Brandon, and his face always lit up with joy whenever he was with him.

His son and daughter, Eddie and Tonia, always called him the best man they’ve ever known. He was always there for his children whenever they needed him, and there wasn’t a day that went by, when they didn’t speak to their father.

Adel is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Armallina, his daughter, Tonia Thomas (Ken), his daughter-in-law, Nisreen, his grandson Brandon, and three loving sisters, Salima Zarou, Naimeh Butrus, and Karimeh Bateh. He was preceded in death by his parents, Saleem and Nimeh Bateh; three brothers, Shukry, Fuad, Said and sisters, Juliette Butros, and Nabiha Shalley.

Although we will always miss him deeply, he will live forever in our hearts.

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