Date of Passing: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Alexander B. Eassa Sr., 84, passed away Thursday, October 28, 2010, at Van Duyn, after a short illness. Born in Syracuse to Beshara and Alexandria Eassa on January 15, 1926, he was a graduate of Central Tech High School and attended Syracuse University. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII in the Philippines and Japan. Returning to Syracuse, he rejoined his father at the Sunnyside Market, retiring in 2001. It was the longest family-owned grocery store in Onondaga County. Al was a 60-year member of Danforth and Liverpool Syracuse Lodge. He was also active in real estate, owning Al Eassa Real Estate. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Laurice Otakie.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty Eassa, and two sons, Alexander Jr. and Thomas N., all of Syracuse; one aunt, Charlotte Peter; one brother, Nickolas B. Eassa of Denton, Texas; two sisters, Marguerite Aswad of Naples, Florida, and Frances J. Eassa of Melbourne, Florida; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral Liturgy will be Monday, November 1, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Elias Orthodox Church, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse, NY 13215.

Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Calling hours will be in St. Elias Church on Sunday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Contributions in Al’s memory may be made to St. Elias Orthodox Church General Fund, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse, NY 13215.

Whelan Bros. & Hulchanski Funeral Home has care of the arrangements.