Life in Dalby was tai­lor-made for Kev

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Meg Gan­non Meg.Gan­[email protected]­by­her­ald.com.au

GEN­ER­OUS, com­pas­sion­ate, and a keen com­mu­ni­ca­tor. These are the words used to de­scribe a man who em­bod­ied Dalby and its com­mu­nity.

Dalby is mourn­ing the loss of hus­band, fa­ther, busi­ness­man and friend Kev Khazen. His funeral was held on Fri­day at St Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Kev was born in Zghorta, Le­banon, where he spent his child­hood be­fore mov­ing to Syd­ney.

He had his first taste of coun­try life at a young age while vis­it­ing fam­ily in Dalby. Not long af­ter, he made the move to the town, where he opened his busi­ness.

Kev is known to many as the tai­lor and owner of Kev Khazen’s Menswear and Tai­lor. He spent 67 years work­ing on Cun­ning­ham St and his store sat in the heart of Dalby un­til Fe­bru­ary 10. He an­nounced the clo­sure of the store in Jan­uary. The shop was sup­posed to close at noon but re­mained open into the af­ter­noon due to the vol­ume of peo­ple who came to pur­chase cloth­ing one last time and wish Kev well in his re­tire­ment.

Kev’s son Danny has fond mem­o­ries of his fa­ther not only as a busi­ness­man, but as a kind, giv­ing man.

Danny re­mem­bers the most im­por­tant les­son he learnt from his fa­ther.

“His best ad­vice he gave me was al­ways give back,” Danny said. “You al­ways leave some­thing in it for the next per­son.”

Kev will be re­mem­bered for his love for Dalby. Kev is sur­vived by his wife Mar­garet, daugh­ters Rose and Sadie, and son Danny.

PHOTO: FILE

DALBY ICONS: Kev Khazen and his wife, Mar­garet, were mar­ried for more than 50 years.

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