Tuesday, May 26, 2009

RIP Neighbor and Friend, Dick Azar

The Newman Park Neighborhood Association extends to the family of Mrs. Richard Azar (former City of El Paso Mayor Suzie Azar) our deepest sympathy. There is little that we can say that will comfort you in this hour of your bereavement. May you find solace in the inspiring memories of the exemplary life of Richard. May he enjoy his eternal rest and the rewards he has earned. We hope that your family derives some measure of comfort in the knowledge that all members of the Newman Park Neighborhood Association share their grief with you.

The city of El Paso has lost a friend, we have lost a friend and a neighbor.

Richard "Dick" Nathan Azar passed away May 21, 2009. Dick was born January 13, 1921 in Clayton, New Mexico. Welcoming Dick in Heaven are his parents Nathan Habib Azar and Elizabeth Macaron Azar, and his beloved sister Nathlee Azar Zadick. He graduated from Raton High School and attended Trinidad Junior College and New Mexico Military Institute. Dick loved El Paso, always giving back to the community through dozens of community organizations. His passion for flying inspired the founding of the Amigo Airsho in 1981. His wife survives him former Mayor, Suzanne Azar, 4 children: Richard, Robert and Greg Azar and Cheryl McCown; Step Daughters Christine and Michelle Gardy. Fourteen Grandchildren Richard N. Azar III, Kim Shepperd, Ben Azar, Bryan Azar, Robert Azar, Steve Azar, Alan Azar, Michelle McCown, James McCown, Dena McCown Belvin, Chantal Guerrero, Gino Guerrero, Mateo Guerrero, Vinson Ratcliff. Thirteen Great-Grand Children: Richard N Azar IV, Tucker Azar, Carli Azar, John Ben Shepperd, Ava Shepperd, Traylor Azar, Zizi Azar, Abbey Azar, Jay McCown, Josh McCown, Lauren Reynolds, Leslie Reynolds, Leah Reynolds. Anyone who would like to honor this great El Pasoan are invited to attend his memorial on Monday, May 25 at 3pm at Blue Feather Aero, Santa Teresa Airport, 8100 Airport Road, Santa Teresa, NM - phone 575/589-4586. In lieu of flowers the families would suggest that you please donate to either: University of Texas at El Paso, Richard N. Azar Family Endowed Fund, 500 W. University, Kelley Hall 7th Floor, El Paso, TX 79968 or The Cystinosis Fund at Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, PO BOX 760549, San Antonio, TX 78245-0549.

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