Abbud (Bud) Salomon Dahbura Hagerstown, MD
Abbud (Bud) Salomon Dahbura passed to his eternal home on June 24, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Bethlehem, Palestine on January 27, 1932 to his parents Suleiman and Rahma Dahbura, he is survived by his sister, Emilia of Hagerstown and brothers, Arturo and his wife Grace of Miami, FL, and Anton and wife Bonnie of Baltimore and sister-inlaw, Irma Dahbura, of Torrance, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, George and several half-brothers, including Ernesto.
Bud shared 55 love filled years with his wife Mary, mother to his beloved children Anton, Tami of Vallejo, CA, and Thomas (Alys). His three grandchildren, Gregory, Julianna, and Wren were the loves of his life and he cherished his time with them. He also leaves behind seven nieces and nephews all whom he adored.
Bud's life was a magnificent journey. After completing his early education in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, he came to the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship and graduated in 1957 from the University of Texas, Austin with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He moved to Baltimore where his brother Anton was completing his Residency, and landed a job with Ellicott Machine Company. There, he met nursing student Mary Grimes and they married in 1959. They moved to Hagerstown, where Bud went to work for Landis Tool Company in Waynesboro, PA and soon transferred to Pangborn.
Bud's ingenuity, engineering expertise, and entrepreneurial spirit led him down many interesting paths. When he moved his family to San Salvador, El Salvador in 1967 he: opened a business to convert cellophane tape and masking tape into usable sizes; bought a tabletop printing press and began the first self-adhesive label business in Central America; he made toilet paper cores for Kimberly Clark and thread cones for a huge textile industry; he even facilitated the opening of the first international Hardee's franchise. When political unrest drove the family back to the US in 1977, Bud resumed work at Pangborn and started a label company in 1978. Mary became the head of operation and the evolution of Hub Labels began. Now employing over 150 people, Bud always considered his employees to be surrogate family members.
Aside from his work endeavors, Bud was an avid golfer who valued his golf time with his buddies at Fountainhead Country Club in Hagerstown and Quail West Country Club in Naples, FL. He found great pleasure in raising honeybees and growing figs and tomatoes. He served on several boards over the years, namely his church in San Salvador where he served as the president of the board. Bud sang in several church choirs and played the classical guitar. He was a member of Fountainhead Country Club (Hagerstown), Quail West Country Club (Naples, FL), Emmanuel U.M. Church (Hagerstown), the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 378, and he was an associate member of North Naples U.M. Church.
The family will receive friends and family at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd., North, Hagerstown, MD on Friday, June 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00.
A Celebration of the Life of Bud Dahbura will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown, MD.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Emmanuel U.M. Church (802 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown), BCA-CV (322 East Antietam Street, #101 Hagerstown), The Salvation Army (534 West Franklin Street, Hagerstown), Hospice of Washington County, (747 Northern Avenue) or The Maryland Symphony Orchestra (30 West Washington Street).
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com