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Nadim Za­har: Farewell my friend

Nadim Za­har was a man big­ger than life. He was a pre­cious and dear friend. His demise will leave a gap in my life and a great loss to the com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­dus­try that he cher­ished. His gen­uine na­ture was be­yond de­scrip­tion, his warmth and gen­eros­ity were leg­endary. His love for life was man­i­fested in every­thing he did and left a mark in ev­ery deed. Few years ago Nadim, in re­sponse to an Arabad ques­tion­naire about the epi­taph he pre­ferred, said: “Here lies a king fond of good liv­ing.” And in real life he strived to re­al­ize good liv­ing to his beau­ti­ful fam­ily and close friends. I con­sider my­self very for­tu­nate to have known Nadim very closely in busi­ness, where we had a fruit­ful and suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ship and in real life where he was al­ways sup­port­ive, help­ful and a gen­uine friend like no other. In ad­di­tion to his dy­namic char­ac­ter, he ra­di­ated with a witty and unique sense of hu­mor that was rarely matched. I will al­ways re­mem­ber his op­ti­mism dur­ing dif­fi­cult days and stamina to over­come hur­dles. In fact he was an in­spi­ra­tion to many col­leagues in our in­dus­try. Nadim had the zeal to live and let live and with­out fail strived to add life to his years, not years to his life. An op­ti­mistic by na­ture, and a hard worker. How­ever, dur­ing all the years I have known this warm and dear friend, he was an in­spi­ra­tion, who al­ways saw the glass as half full. Nadim will be missed with scores of friends and rel­a­tives as well as many a com­mu­ni­ca­tion star, but the loss for me will al­ways have a place in my heart. The last time I vis­ited him to see how is he fight­ing with his sick­ness, with­out any hes­i­ta­tion said, I have been very, very busy… be­ing sick.” It is that cal­iber of men that have be­come rare by the day. Nadim, my true friend, rest in peace and may grace and pa­tience sur­round the out­stand­ing Myrna and the beau­ti­ful chil­dren. Peo­ple like you my friend leave by body but your soul re­mains in our minds and heart and hov­ers over every­thing you loved. Good­bye my friend, your mem­ory will linger as long as the sun shines.

Nadim Za­har sur­rounded by Naji Bou­los, Naji Irani and Samy Chahine

Nadim Za­har with Omar Sadek, Gil­bert Zovigu­ian and Ralph Bacha

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