Amin Ramzy Abushady

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Amin Ramzy Abushady, age 85, of 1733 SR 3009, Meshoppen, PA, passed away on Thursday afternoon, July 28, 2011.

He was formerly of New York City.

Born on Feb. 25, 1926, in Port Said, Egypt, he was the son of Anna Bamford and the renown Dr. Ahmed Zaki Abushady, well-known poet, writer and former dean of medicine at the University of Alexandria, Egypt.

Ramzy (as he was known to his friends), enlisted in the Army during World War II and served overseas in Italy.

He later worked with the United Nations for 36 years, serving in several capacities — dealing with various heads of state, the news media, including photographers, and national and international security. After a U.N. mission to Lebanon, where he served as an interpreter/observer with the United Nations International Peacekeeping Force, he traveled with the secretary-general's representative as a member of a three-man mission to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Aden, Muscat and the United Arab Emirates.

Being a proud member of the American Tree Farm System, Ramsey retired to his tree farm in Meshoppen in 1986, where he and his family had spent many summers and where his wife had family.

Surviving him is his wife of 57 years, the former Madge Mathison; a daughter and two sons, Andrea Garvey of Huntington, L.I.; Mark of Sunnyside, N.Y.; and Ramsey Rowland of Meshoppen and Largo, Fla. He also leaves two sisters, Safeya of Alexandria, VA; and Hoda Garnett of East Islip, NY; three grandchildren, several nieces and a nephew.

Ramzy was a member of the Association of Former International Civil Servants, which covers 15 organizations.

In accordance with his request, he will be cremated.

Memorial services and interment will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen, PA 18630.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the charity of the donor's choice.
Published in Scranton Times on July 31, 2011
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