Wahid “Waha” El Ashmawy of Port St Lucie, Florida, was born on October 14, 1947 in Cairo, Egypt. On December 2, 2022, he was reunited in God’s kingdom with his recently departed wife, Maria, his brother, Abdul and his dearly departed loved ones and pets…all eagerly awaiting him, with open arms…and wagging tails.
Wahid grew up in the heart of Cairo, the capitol and major metropolis of Egypt. He loved soccer, German shepherds, renowned Egyptian singer Om Kalthom, and cars. He was the older brother to his only sibling, Abdul. Abdul, a loving gentle giant passed in NY, 2009. The two were to share households and jobs together. Before moving to NYC, Wahid held a double Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Sociology from Alexander University. He graduated in 1975. While still enrolled in college, he joined the Egyptian Army and held the distinguished rank of Captain before his enlistment honorably ended in 1981. One of his primary functions as a Captain, was to notify the family members of their beloved recently deceased.
After leaving the military, Wahid, spent the next two years, employed at his last career in Egypt. He was an accountant at a major bank in Cairo. His position with the bank, would later qualify him as a payroll analyst for the NYC Board of Ed, which his dear brother, was already employed at. Wahid moved to the Big Apple in 1981…and started his good life in America. Shortly after arriving to the big city, he met the highly distinguished and lovely, Maria Delgado. The two were to wed in 1982. Maria had a thriving career as a nurse and was also, the coworker to Abduls wife. Hence, how they met. The following year, they were to have their only child, Dawn.
For the next decade, Wahid remained working as a City employee of NY. Next, he toured the streets of the city as a successful limousine operator, managed by his brother. Never abandoning his love of soccer, Wahid would frequent the soccer fields of Brooklyn and play. He loved to jog and would do so on most weekends. Often times, him, Maria, and Dawn would have picnics at Prospect Park. Later, he would watch his daughter play softball at this same park.
Wahid was a respectable man. He carried himself with dignity and class, always looking sharp. He usually sported a fresh pair of shades, jewelry and a cigarette. Yet, he was still modest and reserved. His intelligence was quickly noticed in any conversation. During his retirement years, Maria and him moved to Florida. They built and settled into a lovely home in Port St Lucie. When jogging no longer was possible, he enjoyed painting crafts, gardening and waxing his cars. Maria and Wahid lived a tranquil life…until his best friend and life partner, Maria passed on Feb 1, 2022. A devastating loss to us all.
Still, Wahid, a firm believer in God and His almighty powers, persevered. He made new friends and new memories, until he was called home…
Wahid will be laid to rest with his beloved, Maria at Rolling Oaks Cemetery Monday, December 12, 2022.