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ZEIN, Philip (Abou Michel)

May 7, 1934 – April 30, 2012

Philip Zein beloved husband of Faride Zein of Calgary, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family on Monday, April 30, 2012 at the age of 77 years.

Philip was born in Ain Arab, Lebanon, there he married his loving wife Faride. In 1966, Philip immigrated to Canada. His family later joined him in Calgary in 1971.

Philip was known as Abou Michel, a nickname he was given in Lebanon. Philip will be deeply missed by all who knew him. May he have eternal rest.

Philip is survived by his wife Faride, brother Nicholas El Zien, sister Amelia Boutros, sister Nouhad Saliba, son Michel El Zien and his wife Malake, daughter Kathy Saoud and her husband Tony, son Milad El Zien and his wife Janice, daughter Suzanne Lahoud and her husband Emile, son Gabby El Zien and his wife Jackie, son George, family friends Brenda and Lisa, as well a numerous grandchildren.

Philip was predeceased by his parents Mikhal and Rahija El Zien, sisters Wadiaa Semran, Marta Chedid, and Chafika El Osais, brothers Gerjeas El Zien and Chafic El Zien.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday , May 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church (404 Meredith Road NE, Calgary) on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Antiochian Orthodox Church Of The Annunciation, 3107 – 40th Street S.W., Calgary, AB T3E 3J9 Telephone: (403) 217-1131.

In living memory of Philip Zein, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Pierre & Cheryl Saba :

    On behalf of the George Saba family, I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Phillip Zein,our uncle and brother in law. We have so many memories of Aamu Phillip. He was a kind, loving, fun man and a stern, masculine, straight talking, family oriented role model for us boys growing up. We have nothing but great respect for him, not because we had to, because he deserves it. He had many qualities. May God’s love help blanket his family in comfort, in this transitional moment of their lives and may Phillip’s memory be Eternal! God bless him.

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  2. Mariam Saba Mosher :

    My heart was saddened when I read that Uncle Philip’s journey here on earth had ending. I have very fond memories of him coming to visit us when I was younger and also our family trip to Calgary. Love you all and although we are unable to be with you all, please know that myself, Michelle, Shakiba, and Joey and we you in prayer. Please give my Aunt Faride a big hug and kiss from me. Love and Miss everyone!!

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  3. Ummu Philip, words can not describe what you meant to our family, you will be missed by us and many!

    Dad will be greeting you in heaven. 🙂

    Our condolences go out to Aunt Faride and your whole family and all of the peoples lives that he touched.

    God bless you all in this time.

    Evelyn, Zahr, Elias, Khalil (Kim & Gebran), George, Michael (Georgina & Elias)

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  4. Violet Haddad :

    My deepest sympathy to the Zein family. Uncle Abo Michel was a kind and wonderful person and will be missed.

    Violet Haddad and family.

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  5. Mandy Lelke :

    My thoughts and prayers are will all of you.

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  6. Our Lady of Peace Maronite Catholic Parish of Calgary, AB :

    On behalf of Our Lady of Peace Maronite Catholic Parish of Calgary we would like to offer our heartfelt condolences
    to our Friends Emil Lahoud Family, Tony Saoud Family and the El Zein family for the passing away of Philip El Zein (Abou Michel).
    May his soul rest in peace, and may God give the family patience and strength during this time.

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  7. Jack Salloum and Family :

    To the Zein Family:
    Our deepest sympathy at this time of your loss. Philip was a man with a strong presence. Tall, good looking and of gentle spirit. When he walked into a room, all eyes were on him. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. May his memory be eternal.

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  8. Zahr Gebran :

    To Uncle Philip’s family: your father will be so missed by me and our entire family. We spoke and referenced his name a lot in our home. He was fortunate to have such a loving and supportive wife and family surrounding him right to the end, helping him live the way he wanted!
    His outrageous stories and insights to life are second to none and I really feel that no one can take his place.

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  9. Habib and Joseph Rustom (families) :

    God Bless you all. Our deepest condolences. He will be missed.
    Rustom Family

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  10. Amanda McDonald-Vanin :

    I was very sad to hear of Uncle Philip’s passing. He was very loved by his family and friends. His wit and sense of humor will not be forgotten and will live on in those he loved. My deepest sympathy to Aunt Faride and the whole family.

    Thinking and prayer for you at this difficlut time.

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  11. My thoughts and Prayers go out to the family of Phillip. He was a kind and loving man. The neighborhood will miss him and my kids will miss him as well, they will always remember him as the man who took them for ice cream and his beautiful garden of goodies.. Thank you Phillip may you rest in peace and watch over us all from up there as you did down here.

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  12. Nadia Nassif :

    Dear Faride,
    I am very saddened by this news–I tried to get a flight out, but couldn’t find one today or tomorrow to be with you. If you let me know when you are having the 40 days, I will try to get there to see you all. My deepest condolences to the whole family, we loved Philip and we are going to miss him.
    Love,
    Nadia

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  13. Joseph Gebran and family :

    Dear Zein Family
    Our deepest sympathies. May God rest his soul!

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  14. The Estephan Family (Danny, Steve, Shaddy, Peter & Family) :

    Our Deepest sympathy to the Zein Family, as you morn in this difficult time.
    Sorry we could not attend, but our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    We hope Uncle Philip rests in peace.

    God Bless,

    The Estephans

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  15. Chaouki Nicolas and Family :

    May he rest in peace and May God grant the family Strength and patience.
    Our deepest condolences.
    God Bless you all.

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  16. I would like to offer my sincerest condolences. He always had a smile. My thoughts and Prayers go out to his family

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  17. Diane Nakhle :

    When my father passed away uncle Philip was with us taking care of us and even trying to feed us. He wanted to be strong for us yet the pain of loosing his friend was just as painful for him as it was for us. Uncle Philip you will be missed and loosing many people that we love makes this world harder and sadder. I know it’s just time and we will all meet again. You have more angels around you now and what matters the most you are in Jesus’s arms where there is no more pain.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Be strong in faith and prayers. I love you all!

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  18. Kaissar Estephan and Family :

    On behalf of Kaissar and Najat Estephan and their children Barbara, David, Tony, Joe and their families, we express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Zein family. May God rest Uncle Philip’s soul and ease his families hearts in this time of sorrow.

    God Bless,

    Kaissar Estephan and Families.

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  19. Farhat Farhat and family :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May he rest in peace and May God grant the family strength and patience.
    Our deepest condolences.
    God Bless you all.

    Farhat Farhat and family

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  20. Talal dabous :

    الله يرحم ابو ميشال بتربة ولجنة الرضوان يجعل مسكنو ناس الاوادم نقيسها بأعمالها وفيليب حب الناس كانت عملة الله يرحم فيليب ويلهمكم بعده الصبر والسلوان واعتذر عن عدم حضوري المآتم رحمه الله أخوكم مواسيكم الحزن طلال دبوس

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  21. Talal dabous :

    فيليب الزين كان حاوي صفاتو حاتم طي غناله بياته وانا مثل ما مدحته بحياته بدي امدحه اليوم بمماته الله يرحم ابو ميشال صديق وفي اخوكم طلال دبوس

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  22. Abdul Souraya :

    Abou Michel was a shining light of love to everyone he met. A lover of life and of people, his spirit will surely be missed, but not forgotten.

    Abdu Souraya and Family.

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