Tony Nabil Haddad died peacefully on Aug. 13, 2019, from complications of lung cancer. He passed away surrounded by family, listening to some of his favorite music.
He was born in Jaffa, Israel, the second oldest of six children born to Deborah and Khalil Haddad. His childhood was full of music, painting, fishing and family. He left home at 14 to explore the world.
In his 20s, he traveled around Europe with friends in a Volkswagen bus, and played bass in a band. He was living in a kibbutz in the late 1960s when he met Fran Schulman, whom he married in Cyprus in 1973. They moved to Riverdale later that year.
He owned Perfect Roofing Co., for more than 30 years, and was known throughout the Bronx and Westchester for his honesty and workmanship. He kept working while sick, climbing ladders and inspecting roofs until the last months of his life.
He was a model ship builder, painter, photographer, stained glass artist, carpenter, gardener, musician and chess player. He loved animals and his pets, including his parrot, bunny, dogs and cats. He relished visits to the Grand Canyon, fishing in Montauk, summers in New Hampshire, and visits home to Jaffa.
He spoke Arabic, Hebrew and English fluently. His favorite television show was “The Honeymooners,” and he loved watching the Food Network and National Geographic Channel. His favorite car was his 1987 BMW 535i. His favorite bands were the Eagles, Cat Stevens, Patsy Cline, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor.
He played tennis and was a huge fan of the sport. Through it, he met his partner of more than 20 years, Mariana Luna, with whom he had a daughter, Debby, and stepdaughter Daniella. He shared with them a love of cooking, music, trips to the U.S. Open, and visits to Puerto Rico.
Survivors also include his daughters Jessica and Suzanne, son Michael, his first wife Fran, son-in-law Richard, and granddaughter Simone.
Memorial services will be held in October. Communication may be addressed to Suzanne Haddad at firstname.lastname@example.org.