OBITUARY

Ezzat Ghabrial

7 July, 193220 April, 2021

Ezzat Ghali Ghabrial, born in Cairo, Egypt, was the youngest of 4 siblings; Wadida, Bishr and Anwar. He sought out opportunities as a young man by traveling to Stuttgart. There he met Else Stäbler and married. With their 3 year old son, Andreas, they continued this search, taking trains and boats across the Atlantic and Canada to Vancouver where his daughter Sabine was born. Our life in Vancouver began at a house we shared on 13th Avenue with the Abdelmaliks, who became our extended family, along with the Heynemanns, Koch, Lang and Phagura families.

Ezzat devoted his life to his family and community. He proudly worked at Westinghouse and Wismer & Rawlings as an electrician. He loved to entertain and cook for gatherings, often seen preparing platters of quail, basbousa, and tasty Eqyptian dishes. This love to serve extended to all those around him including the German Lutheran and Eqyptian Coptic communities in Vancouver. His energy and generosity touched everyone’s life that intersected his.

Ezzat was a devoted father to Andreas and Sabine, and loving father-in-law to Karen and Tom. He was the proud grandfather of George, Jack, Alex, Else and Tiana and uncle of beloved nieces and nephews in Egypt, New York, Atlanta, Florida, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Germany.

Ezzat was happy and healthy under the care of the amazing staff at Mountain View Manor. Music therapy provided him with comfort in his final days. He died peacefully with Sabine at his bedside.

Ezzat now joins his wife, Else, in heaven, a wish that he shared often. He leaves behind a legacy of a loving husband, devoted father “Baba”, and caring friend.

Thank you for all you have done for us.

We love you like crazy.

In lieu of sending flowers, please grow red geraniums, Ezzat’s favourite flowers, in your own home and enjoy viewing them while listening to music in his honour.

Due to Covid19 restrictions, there will be a private graveside service.

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Wedad Bishara

3 May 2021

Dear Ezzat;
We will never forget your innocent smile and big heart , you are a big brother to all of us , generous in giving time and efforts to serve who ever asks you for help.
Our only condolences that we believe that you are going to a better place where you will receive your crown of mercy and enjoy eternal life with the Lord who loved you first and more then any.
Pray for us in front the Holy Throne.
Love and respect from Wagih, Wedad , Dina , Sara and Antoine

Mona El-Masry

3 May 2021

I have so many fond memories of Ezzat, together with Else, and his wonderful children, Sabine and Andreas. I remember Ezzat's hospitality, his generosity, his helpfulness, and his big smile. I will continue to remember him when I grow geraniums in his honor. My sincere condolences to Sabine and her family, and Andreas and his family. May he rest in peace with his Savior, all the angels and saints

Nancy Yacoub

1 May 2021

Ezzat, we have missed you for a while now. Always asking about you .
You have loved your family so much then the church .
You had the biggest heart in our community and touched all our lives in a positive way. Since I came to know you in early 80th. You started our Coptic church service with another loving pillar in our community, Am Riad . Both of you served the church from the bottom of your heart. Rest in peace Ezzat, I know you’re happy looking over your family . Miss you greatly 💐💐
My deepest condolences to your children , grand children and family members

Nancy, Fayz , Ramy and Ream Yacoub

Medhat Elmasry

1 May 2021

Ezzat was one of the first Egyptians we knew when my family arrived in Vancouver in 1992. Elsie & Ezzat were very welcoming to us and cordially invited us to their home. Ezzat, Riad and their families were inseparable.

The service to his family, church and community were without bounds. The legacy he leaves behind is one of a positive, helpful, friendly, honest and genuine person with a big heart and very strong faith in his Creator. He will be missed by all. May the LORD repose his soul and comfort his family & friends.

Father Armia Gerges

1 May 2021

Mr Ezzat as I know had a very kind and sweet heart, I didn’t meet anyone like him in his love and care of everyone, He was a real Christian , He had a smile and emotion like a child , even in his long sickness he was thankful and satisfied as usual, May God repose his soul in heaven and reward him for all his good deeds with the heavenly reward, and give comfort to all his family.

Emil Gendy

1 May 2021

M. Emil Gendy
I had the pleasure of knowing, “Um. Ezzat, which means uncle in Arabic,”
as I used to call him, way back when he lived around South Marine Drive in Vancouver.
I remember him as a very sensitive, intelligent, and down-to-earth person as I was introduced to him and his wife Else by Mr. Riad AbDelmalik and his wife.
I recall how happy he was hosting his birthday party at his Delta home in the presence of his son Andreas and his family and most of the St Mary congregation.
My sincere condolences to his son Andreas and daughter Sabina and their families, May God repose his soul.

M.Emil Gendy

1 May 2021

M. Emil Gendy
I had the pleasure of knowing, “Um. Ezzat, which means uncle in Arabic,” as I used to call him, way back when he lived around South Marine Drive in Vancouver.
I remember him as a very sensitive, intelligent, and down-to-earth person as I was introduced to him and his wife Else by Mr. Riad AbDelmalik and his wife.
I recall how happy he was hosting his birthday party at his Delta home in the presence of his son Andreas and his family and most of the St Mary congregation.
My sincere condolences to his son Andreas and daughter Sabina and their families, May God repose his soul.

Mary Sourial

1 May 2021

First on behalf of Farag my son Paul and myself I would like to send my sincere condolences to Andreas, Sabine and their family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have known Amo Ezzat since we came to Vancouver over 35 years. He was the loving kindest father to all of us. In tears when he is happy and when he is sad. His overwhelming service to the church was unforgettable. I loved his German strawberry cake. So many endless memories. Amo Ezzat will always be in our hearts.
May he rest in peace in the kingdom of the Lord. I am sure he is watching over us all with a big smile. We Love you Amo Ezzat and thank you thank you for your great love.

Galil Fahmy

30 April 2021

In my mind, uncle Ezzat's name is linked to Palm Sunday. He was responsible to bring the palm branches to Church. His Journey ended on earth and started in Heaven during the Passion Week. I feel it is a message from our Lord Jesus Christ that your good deeds are remembered and accepted. May the Lord repose his soul and please remember us always!

Ihab Ibrahim

30 April 2021

Mr Ezzat was very cheerful nice man. We know him since we moved from Newfoundland to Vancouver on June 1996. He dedicated his life to church. He was very honest man with his relation to God. He served the church from his deep heart. Between me and him there was great respect. He had a great white heart. He tried to help anyone as possible as he can. We all miss him. I my God his beautiful smile stays in my head. I am sure that he is in the right place with our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I pray to God to meet him in the Paradise of joy.