Dawood Anton Barash

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Dawood Barash was born in Telkaif, Iraq and was the son of the late Anton Marogi and Wardia Kassab. He had five brothers, the late Salim and Jalal Barash, Najeb, Jamil and Sabah Barash, he also had two sisters that died as infants. 

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Shamamta (Saroki); daughter Haifa (Sue) and husband, Masood Kirma; son, Walid and wife Haifa (Shounia); daughter Sana and husband Derey Isho; son, Mazyn and wife, Annette (Hamameh); son John and wife, Karen (Jouja); 15 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

As a child, he worked with his father digging wells and breaking boulders. He served under the British Army in Levie, Company 7. He later operated a store until he migrated to America on June 20, 1966. His last employment was at Ford Motor Company where he worked until age 73. 

He will be remembered for his solid work ethic, love of God and family, a passion to serve the community and let’s not forget his love of gardening. He faced a great deal of adversity throughout his life but he never allowed it to get in the way of all his passions.  He was a humble servant of the community. When he migrated to America, he would pick up the elderly and take them to church. He often drove up and down 7 Mile Road to see if anyone needed a ride home. 

If you ever drove down 14 Mile Road and Orchard Lake, you would see him, his wife, his son Mazyn, daughter-in-law Annette and their children Samantha and David collecting money for the Knights of Columbus Charities.  He won consecutive awards for being the single biggest fund-raiser in the state.