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ABRAHAM. Edward "Eddie" Abraham, beloved brother, uncle and friend passed away May 4th, 2012 at the age of 70. An El Paso native he attended Houston Grade School, El Paso High School, the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with an architectural engineering degree, and attended UCLA for post-graduate studies. He is survived by his sister Geraldine "Haifa" Malooly and Gilbert, Sr., and his brother Joseph "Sib" Abraham, Jr. and wife Margaret, Nephews Christopher, Gilbert Jr. (Booty), and Gregory Malooly, William (Billy) Abraham, Lee Chagra Jr., Nieces Cheryl Malooly, Terri Finnegan, Tina McDade, Leslie Karam, and Joanna Kracher. He was preceded in death by his sister Joanne Chagra, mother Helen "Neima" Abraham and father Joseph Abraham, Sr. After his studies, Eddie began teaching school for the El Paso Independent School District, as well as Canutillo High School. During this time he began working with C.H. Leavell in the construction field. From there, for the next 40 years, he established his own real estate and construction development company. He designed and built numerous shopping centers and commercial properties throughout El Paso. He also established his reputation during this period as a custom home builder, designing and building luxurious custom homes for friends, relatives and others. Edward shared his success in many philanthropic endeavors. His first love was to his church, St. George Orthodox Church, where he was a lifelong member. When asked for a donation he elected to personally retire the entire mortgage debt. Additionally, he owned and rented a property to Iglesia de Dios Todo Poderoso. When Eddie was notified that the church was unable to pay the rent, Eddie said "How about if I just donate the property to the church?" which he did. Edward will be remembered as a kind, gentle and loving person who was a credit to humanity. His goal in life was to share his success with those less fortunate. He sponsored numerous United States Tennis Association events, and was himself an avid and skilled tennis player, striking fear into the hearts of competitors. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at St. George Orthodox Church located at 120 North Festival from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The celebration of life will begin at 6:00 p.m. at St. George Summit Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Edward Abraham fund in c/o St. George Orthodox Church.

Published in El Paso Times from May 7 to May 15, 2012
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