Charles Shaheen Sr.

Charles E.
Shaheen, Sr.
beloved father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend went home to his Heavenly Father on Nov. 4 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Canton on Jan. 9, 1925 son of the late Eassa and Jamelee (Jenny) Shaheen. He attended Timken Vocational High School and Walsh University. He joined the Army in 1943 and served in the European Theatre of War, where he was captured by the Germans and was a prisoner for a year. He was rescued by the Russians. Due to his outstanding bravery he was presented with a Purple Heart and the Silver Star. He was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church and he served on every executive office on the parish council. He was a charter member of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch. He is a 32nd Degree Mason of William McKinley Lodge. He was a member of the Phoenicians, the Elks Lodge 2029 and the American Legion Post 44. He was the owner of Charles E. Shaheen Oriental Rugs and Imports. He was very personable and loved by all. He enjoyed traveling, playing golf, a good game of poker, but most of all spending time with his precious family whom he adored. Charlie defined his life by the love of his family around him. His grandchildren provided his greatest happiness and he was committed to being there for every school event and sporting activity. He was preceded in death by his most beloved son and best friend, Chuck Jr.; brothers, George (Faye) Shaheen, Eassa Shaheen Jr.; and sister, Mimi Cavalier.
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 64 years Betty; adored father to Zana and Michael Demchak; a dear and loving grandfather to his precious grandsons, David and Chuck Demchak; loving brother of Louis and Karen Shaheen of Columbus; his devoted sister, Janet Shaheen; sister-in-law, Peggy Shaheen and brother-in-law, Joe Cavalier Sr. Special thanks to his nephew, Dr. Louis Shaheen for all of his compassion and loving care he gave to his dear Uncle Charlie. We also extend our sincere gratitude to the staff at Rose Lane for their care and support of our loved one, Charlie. You will all hold a special place in our hearts. To say that he will be missed doesn't nearly do justice to our loss.
Family and friends will be received on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home and Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. Trisagion Service will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church with Rev. Fr. Michael Corbin officiating, assisted by Rev. Fr. Basil Shaheen. Interment will be in North Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. 'When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars; and he will make the face of Heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night.'

Funeral Home

Rossi Funeral Home Inc
730 30th Street NW Canton, OH 44709

Published in The Repository from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2013