Badih Aboutanos of Kingston went to the loving embrace of his God and Father in heaven Sunday, June 19, 2022, at the age of 91.
Born in Ablah, Lebanon, Badih was the son of Georges and Nabiha Aboutanos. In his early years, prior to coming to the United States, Badih served in the police force for 24 years and owned his own business, “Happy House.” Badih was a selfless man, always placing his family first and wanted the best for his children to be successful in their academics, sports and careers. Badih, sacrificing everything for his family of him, left his life in Lebanon and brought his family to the United States in 1981 in order to secure a successful and bright future for his children of him. Badih settled in Kingston, near his brother, Leo Boutanos and his wife, Vicki John Boutanos. He later became the store owner of Cedars Mini Mart for many years and worked tirelessly until his retirement from him.
Badih was a very brave, loving and spiritual man. He was a life member of St. Anthony Maronite Church. He encouraged his children to have faith in God and never be afraid of anything. His children of him always sought his advice from him. Badih prayed daily, morning and night, and was very devoted to St. Mary and St. Charbel in his prayers for him. His faith and spirituality carried forward unto his children and grandchildren. Badih was a very happy man, always smiling and laughing. I have loved talking to people and helping them. Most of all, he cherished and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren who were the light of his life. Badih was a dedicated husband, a loving father and grandfather who will leave a void in our hearts waiting to be filled overtime with the loving memories we have of him.
Badih enjoyed making the delicious Tabouleh at his store and at home. He also loved growing tomatoes in his garden and sharing them with his neighbors. I have loved watching and feeding the birds in his yard from him. He was a champion at the game of backgammon and his friends loved to surround him watching him win and hear his loud and cheerful laughter while they laughed joyfully with him. Badih enjoyed watching football on television and understood all the rules of the game. I have cheered passionately for Pennsylvania football teams. He also loved watching tennis and figure skating. Badih took great pleasure in watching his children and grandchildren play basketball, hockey, tennis, soccer and baseball for many years.
Badih is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jamile Fiquene Aboutanos; his sons, Dr. Georges Aboutanos and his wife, Dr. Angela Weaver Aboutanos; Dr. Michel Aboutanos and his wife, Dr. Sharline Zacur Aboutanos; his daughters, Suzanne Aboutanos-Fellerman, teacher at Wyoming Valley West; Marianne Aboutanos, teacher at Wilkes-Barre Area School District; and attorney Josianne Aboutanos and her husband, attorney Rocco Haertter; grandchildren, Alexander Aboutanos and his wife, Claire Sullivan; Maya and Michaela Aboutanos; Deangelo Aboutanos; Jessica and Erica Fellerman; Krystal and Brandon Haertter; Cristiana and Mikel Aboutanos; great-grandchild, Ephrem Aboutanos; Badih’s sisters, Evette Harb; Odile Chamoun; and Mary Boutanos and her husband, Menaime Boutanos; sister-in-laws, Yasmine Haddad (Adib); Insaf Haddad (Fouad); and Laure Wakim (Habib); in addition to many nephews, nieces and cousins all over the world including the United States, Brazil, Canada and Lebanon.
Badih was preceded in death by his brothers, Adib, Elias, Nicolas, Habib, Fouad; and his sister of him, Esabelle Khoury.
Badih will be missed by his extended families of Fiquene, Boutanos, John, Haddad, Aboughosn, Khoury, Harb, Chamoun, Aboukhalil, Wassouf, Joseph, Zacur, Fellerman, Weaver, Haertter and Sullivan.
Friends and relatives may share in a visitation with the family from 6 to 8:30 pm Friday at Mamary-Durkin Funeral & Cremation Services, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. Friends and relatives may also attend a gathering at the funeral home at 9 am Saturday. Following the gathering, a Mass will be celebrated at 10 am Saturday in St. Anthony Maronite Church, 311 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.
Published by Citizens Voice on June 21, 2022.