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Dec 31, 2012 6:30 PM by Chris Welty

Harold Abdalla Laid to Rest

Hundreds are mourning the loss of Lafayette native, Harold Abdalla after he loses his battle with cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Saint John the Evangelist Church Monday afternoon.

Abdalla began his career in the family business of Abdalla's and was the founder and owner of Abform Workwear.

With heavy hearts, some inconsolable, hundreds packed into Saint John's Cathedral to pay their final respects to Lafayette businessman, Harold Abdalla.

"I've never seen such a long line at the funeral home, unless it was for his dad, because that was the same thing, everyone loved him."

Jeff Ray is a family friend and has worked for the Abdallas more than thirty years. He remembers Abdalla's kind spirit and loving personality behind the sometimes gruff front Abdalla would put on.

"He was generous to all. He was one of the most generous, kind people. He didn't want everyone to know," said Ray.

In his free time, Abdalla loved fishing and enjoyed the outdoors. His friends joke saying it was rare to see him actually catch anything.

"I did see him holding a large fish for his 70th birthday. I told my wife, someone must have given it to him because I know Harold didn't catch it."

Last year in June, Abdalla renewed his life with a kidney transplant. More than year later, he never expected he would battle for his life again. He fought a brave, short battle with cancer, remaining strong until the end.

"I don't think he had been diagnosed but maybe a month. It was very fast. It was a shock to all of us."

A shock, hitting home for many who knew him best.

"He was a great boss, but a great friend. He was a friend first then a boss. He's going to be missed by a lot of people," said Ray.

Chris Welty


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