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Abdallah Hayel El-Attrash

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Beloved Abdallah Hayel El-Attrash, second cousin of the late Sultan Pasha El-Attrash, passed away peacefully in his home December 29, 2013. Born in Syria, he was a diplomat who worked for the United Nations, serving in posts in New York, Yemen, and Iraq, before retiring to Ashland, Ore. in 1997. He was an avid bridge-player in Ashland and Medford.


Abdallah was preceded in death by his wife, Isabella Burns. He is survived by his brothers, Yasser and Faysal; his sister, Assia El-Attrash; his son, Hassan El-Attrash; his three daughters Shireen Shepherd, Kerima Dusuki, and Francesca El-Attrash; and his three grandchildren, Lemeece, Karim, and Reyaan Shepherd.


A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, January 6, 2014 at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. If you would like to make a donation in his honor, please visit or mail donations to USA for UNHCR, 1775 K Street, NW Suite 580, Washington DC 20006, where proceeds will go to children of the Syrian crisis. For more information, please call 541-482-4755.

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