he was the biggest part of my american life, and i was a bigger part of his life, he mentioned that a couple of weeks ago at facebook, i had a firm plan to have a long meeting with him, because by the end of this month i am moving to houston, i wrote on facebook that i will call you very soon a week ago, but i guess he was in a hurry, i have countess memories with him, which i will try to share some of them with your family.
i joined him in 1991, after couple of weeks, Danielle got sick and he was very worried about her, he called me couple of times in the middle of the nights and explained everything to me, and then as soon as she started recovering he was very happy and started coming office again, he mentioned to me that he is very thankful to his wife because she is successfully fighting back with insurance company for medical bills, and she is able to do this because she is more educated than him and has a degree of bs from queens college.
later on in 1993 when my daughter was born, he sent the flowers to my wife in the hospital, and when in 1994 i got another child, he was so happy he decorated the whole office from inside to outside, he sent the flowers to my wife in the hospital to me at my home he celebrated the whole event like his own happiness.
he was a happy guy most of the time, having a smile on his face all the time, having an extra skill to solve the problems, used to scream a lot but never got panicked i was always happy to see him in the middle of the night, or in the middle of a crisis, getting relaxed, most of the time in a party mood , ordering a lot of food for everyone, for a long period of time every saturday it was a party in the office every one was enjoying always ordering especial food for me so i can participate too, very friendly to me always referring to me as a brother or friend, he took a picture of me and him and put at the door of the office and wrote a note at the top of that " we are united like brothers, nobody can separate us ", it was a bumpy road too, but he never got close to fire me and i never got close to quit, we had more commons than disagreements, overall it was a fun for me to work with him.
in 1999 when i broke my ankle while i was on vacation and decided to go to pakistan for surgery because had no insurance here, he showed up at my door paying all my dues and gave me another $1000 check to pay my round trip and when i came back after 3 months he gave me another $1000 check as welcome back bonus, as a regular practice he was always paying me something on top and always saying " rashid you deserved a lot more than this but i can't afford more than this" which was a great thing to hear that i was getting respect on top of the money
In 2008 when i was fired from daily news after a couple of months taking over him, he called me couple of time with a lot of kind words about me and encouraged me saying that i will be more successful in my life, with his encouragement i was able to move forward in my life,
After that i spoke to him time to time, and then in 2014 he gave me a call to arrange a meeting, at that time i was driving yellow cab in the city, so he came to my cab company to pick me up, we went to a restaurant in college point, we spoke for a couple of hours, he informed me about the changes in his personnel life and everything around him, talking about his daughters,their activities,when he dropped me back to my place, and loaded a lot of gifts in my car, when i opened all those gifts back at home, i found a $ 2500 check as a bonus, i called him back and protested about that but he insisted again like always that he owed me a lot more than that, it was more than 6 years i was not working for him, so i had to appreciate that, after that meeting he called me after couple of months he was in ny, but because of my busy schedule of cab driving i couldn't manage it, which i regret now.
he was a great guy, once he insisted me to buy a house, and then offered me to pay the down payment and will cosign for me, when i didn't go that way, then he himself found some houses in college point and gave me the addresses, still i did not take any interest and plan never went in effect, i am still living in a rented apartment and have no regret for that, at another occasion when i was very worried about my car, and he said to me, rashid don't worry i will buy a new car for you, and when i said i can't pay monthly installments, he said don't worry i will pay that too, again that plan never went in effect and i don't have any regret for that too, i remember once one of our carrier was leaving that was not very abnormal thing, but he arranged a big party in the middle of the night, decorated whole ware house, everybody was surprised including that carrier, but everybody was happy including himself and thatswhat he wanted, he was always paying for all these parties and one saturday he said rashid you should chip in too, i replied to him vinny you are the boss and boss is like father of the family and must take care of the family, he gave me a big smile and never raised that question again, i remember seeing you and danielle when you were very young and visited the office couple of times, with your help i just spoke to joe posa and he was very happy to hear my voice after a long long time, yes i need all the details about that memorial including the street address of the place, so i can get there by gps, just ignore my mistakes in writings,once one of the customer called vinny and said that i can't understand him, your father raised his voice ( against the business ethics ) and said i have no problem understanding him and then hung up, that gave me a lot of confidence,
i was enjoying reading all his fb postings and sharing most of them, in this way i was feeling in touch with him and looking forward to have a series of meetings with him, but his accidental departure shocked me big time, including my extended family every body knew him by name but not in details,so i thought you are the best one to share a little bit of my memories about him,i am very sure i will miss him rest of my life, it is still very painful for me to think about that
may god reward him for all his good deeds and forgive all his sins