Jonathan Walden Assaf

Jonathan Walden Assaf of New Orleans. Beloved son, brother, friend, & father…29 April 1975 – 17 December 2013. "If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away." On Walden Pond – Thoreau. He was born just after 11pm. Eleven-o-seven, to be exact. Just in time for the second set 'n after party at the Howlin' Wolf. Having studied with Ellis, he knew how to make a drum snare and a cymbal tremble and mean something. The youngest, he ADORED his big brothers and sisters: Robby, Ronny, Stephen, Roxane, Alessandra, Christopher, & Tiffany. His birthplace ran through him and there was only one soul who could make him leave it: His son, Hartley, just two. His gift for wordplay and story-telling came from BOTH his padres – Evy Ellis and Roberto. But his poignant, side-splitting, and penetrating humor was truly all his own. Fall into his gaze and you were immortal. Jonathan graduated from De La Salle, was a member of the Unites States Marine Corps and studied Engineering at UNO. He is remembered in many places. He had traveled the world and inspired as much trouble as fun. His English may have caused a ruckus, but his Spanish could charm a nun. And did I mention he was maestro in the kitchen? Jonathan lived with the gusto of his huge heart, and unbeknownst to him, it would be an enlarged one that would take him from us. The doctor said that "his heart was too big". And this we can all attest to. He died in his sleep on Tuesday. He'd hoped to spend this Christmas with his parents and sibs, and return to Orlando to ring in 'fourteen with his baby Hart. His presence will be sadly missed by all. Visitation will be held at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. on Thursday, December 26th at 4PM with a 5:30PM service following. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, we think Jonathan would love you to think of his heart, Hartley. Gifts and contributions can be sent in care of The Robert Assaf Family. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

Funeral Home

Lake Lawn Met Funeral Home
5100 Pontchartrain Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 486-6331

Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Dec. 21 to Dec. 25, 2013