Sobhi Haidar

Sobhi Sleiman Haidar

January 2, 1951 - August 3, 2020
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CHELMSFORD-Sobhi Sleiman Haidar, age 69, a longtime Chelmsford resident, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 3, 2020, at Lowell General Hospital, Lowell, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Diane (Healy) Haidar with whom he shared 33 years of marriage.

Sobhi was born on January 2, 1951 in Baalbeck, Lebanon and was the son of Kamar (Sleiman) Haidar of Beirut, Lebanon and the late Hanzal Haidar.

He was the oldest of seven children who cared deeply about his family and friends. At nineteen years of age, he went to the Gulf and worked for ten years to support his immediate family (as civil war had broken out in Lebanon). In 1979 he went to Boston to continue his education at Salem State College, graduating with a business degree in 1981. He met his wife, Diane during this time. He subsequently went to the American Graduate School of International Management (AGSIM) in Glendale, AZ, graduating with a Master’s Degree in International Management in 1982. He accepted a job with Carrier Corporation in Saudi Arabia. However, after two years there, he made the decision to go back to MA and marry Diane. They married in 1987, had a son Hanzal Healy Haidar in 1992, and settled in Chelmsford in 1995 where he has remained for 25 years. Sobhi immensely enjoyed designing his backyard landscape with fruit trees. He had created a “mini Lebanon”backyard that provided shade and pleasant memories for many years with family and friends.

In addition to his loving wife and mother, Sobhi leaves his son Hanzal Healy Haidar of Chelmsford, his 6 siblings; Safi Haidar and his wife Mirea of Beruit, Yassar Haidar and his wife Luma of Beruit, Ali and his wife Samya of Beruit, Racha Haidar and her husband Mohamed of Abudahbi, UAE, Ahmed Haidar and his wife Hala of Beruit, and Mohamed Haidar of St. Laurant, Canada; his brothers-in-law John Healy and his wife Linda of Magnolia, MA and Jimmie Healy and Lesia of Beverly, MA. Sobhi also leaves many dear nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately. Memorial donations may be made in Sobhi's memory to the Chelmsford Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd., No. Chelmsford, MA 01863.
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Janice Wolfendale

Posted at 08:01pm
Diane, Piera told me of Sobhi's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Janice Wolfendale

Diane Posted at 05:19pm

Thank you, Janice. You have been a big help for me with my concerns. I really appreciated your time and advice. Thanks again.

Kassem Haydar

Posted at 08:26am
Sobhi a brother whose presence always brought joy to those around him. His unique smile and absolute caring were exceptional. I lose a dear friend. We lose him in body but he will always be in my mind and heart where he can never perish from them. He is in a better place and we will be together again. Rest in peace my beloved Sobhi, I cherish every moment we passed together and will always do.

Priscilla Hudson

Posted at 04:31pm
Diane, so sorry to hear of Sobhi's passing. I remember when Sobhi and I played tennis together many years ago when he substituted for you during your pregnancy. Such a good player! Ronnie and I are thinking of you, Hanz and the family. May fond memories and the help of family and friends get you through this very difficult time. I am here for you.
Priscilla and Ronnie

Diane Posted at 12:46pm

Thanks, Pro, for sharing your fond memories of Sobhi. We'll always remember that 'power serve' in tennis! Your thoughts are very appreciated. Love, Diane

Joanne and Jay Kozack

Posted at 08:28pm
Diane and Hanz, our hearts go out to you during this very difficult time. We have had the privilege of watching our sons grow up together into the strong, kind young men that they are today. Sobhi was kind enough to share so much wisdom over the years
. Our experiences were similar in many ways and it gave us unique insight into our world and the world our sons were navigating. Sobhi always had an encouraging word and thoughtful insight. The road you have traveled these last several years wasn't an easy one. It was comforting to have a friend who was able to understand so well the struggles that we faced. You were a great man, Sobhi. I believe we will see each other again one day. You rest and enjoy your rewards for having lived a meaningful life. Jay and I will never forget all the times you helped us over the years. I hope we can be there for Diane and Hanz as they need us. Rest sweet man

DIANE HAIDAR Posted at 07:20am

Dearest Joanne, thank you for your thoughtful expression of understanding who Sobhi was. He was my best friend and I will miss him dearly. I,too, am proud of the boys and the storms they have weathered have made them sensitive and caring individuals. Alex always engaged with Sobhi so respectfully and loved to listen to his heartfelt advice. Take good care, Joanne. Love, Diane

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