We are very saddened to announce the recent passing of my father, Sali Kabashi. He was born on May 27, 1941. He was 80 years old. A few days ago, he suffered a stroke and we could not bring him back.
Growing up he lived a happy life but he lived at a time and in a country that had limited opportunities. Even with scarce opportunities and limited means, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tirana, Albania with a degree in Chemistry. He was head of engineering at the biggest tobacco company in Albania. He managed a high number of employees during those days.
Our father's greatest quality was that he was a great family man! He held his family on a pedestal.
He did everything he could do to see my sister and I advance academically and experience the world. And he would not let us forget that! ߘ Nothing made him prouder than to see us succeed in life. My sister and I lived his dream!
His biggest joy were his grandchildren. He lived with me and my family in his recent years. We are very lucky about that. A few days before the stroke we spent time outside with him and my son and daughter. It was a beautiful day! We talked and joked and hugged and he played with my children. His dementia had advanced but he never forgot his grandchildren. The sight of his grandchildren made him the happiest man.
Even after the stroke, he still managed to let us know he was present. He wasn't able to talk or see us but he would hear us and squeezed our hand. That was his way of giving us strength. He was the best at lifting our spirits up.
He left this earth peacefully. We have received many warm messages from our relatives. Everyone remembers him as cheerful, happy and engaged. He invested a lot in family relationships, on both his side and his wife's side (my mom's). He loved his three brothers (Kujtim, Mirush and Gezim) very much. He loved his wife's siblings like his own siblings.
He will forever be in our hearts!
Dorina, Blerta and our mother, Shuku
A Celebration of Sali's Life will be held on Saturday, October 2nd at 12pm in the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (RT 28) STONEHAM. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Interment Lindenwood Cemetery, Stoneham.
For more information, www.facebook.com/BarileFamilyFuneralHome