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Richard J. Shaheen

June 2, 2022

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Richard Joseph Shaheen of Coral Springs, Florida, formerly of Binghamton, NY, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2022, after a decade long struggle with a very rare cancer.  He was 59 years old.   Rich was predeceased by his parents, Fred K. and Nelly A. Shaheen, his grandparents, Kalil and Esma Shaheen and Yousef and Nabiha Aswad of Broumana, Lebanon, and his cousin Pamela J. Shaheen.   He is survived by his loving wife of almost 30 years, Deby, his daughters Carleigh and Haley, his brother Fred and his children, Katie, Kim, and Kevin, brother-in-law David Krinsky and wife Jenn, children Ella, Iris, Charlotte, and Leo, and his cousins Cindy Shaheen Johnson, John and Sandy Shaheen, Donna and Joe (Shaheen) Kiefer, and Chuck and Virginia Shaheen, his uncle Najib and Adele Aswad of Broumana, and many cousins from the Shaheen, Aswad, Nehme,  Mashi, Abdallah, Bomysoad, and Koury families and their children.    The family would like to thank Rich’s lifelong friends who have helped so much in the last year: Barbie and Todd Kozlowski, Billy and Cynthia Zeboris, Jeri Wright, John McGarty, Kathy Kayner Lewis, Cheryl, and Walt Hoffman, the Mulvey family, and childhood friends Phil DeSando and John Zdimal.  Rich was a graduate of Binghamton Central High School, Class of 1980; check the last page of the yearbook for evidence that he made it. He then attended SUNY Oswego, graduating with a degree in Computer Science, in what we affectionately referred to as the ‘decade of learning’.  Upon graduation Rich moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL to work with his college roommates in a startup software company called ACT, then moved on to work in I/T for Grandbay Furniture and in software consulting for various companies.  Rich married the love of his life and best friend, Deby, in 1992.  They had almost 30 years together, Rich fought hard to stay with her right up to the end.  They raised two wonderful young women together, Carleigh and Haley, with Rich taking on the roles of househusband, cook, carpool, coach of soccer and basketball teams, avid supporter of dance class and competitions, band practices and concerts, basically anything that Deby and the girls needed.  He made it a lifelong goal to make sure his daughters did not follow in his academic footsteps, he made sure that every project, homework assignment and test was prepared for to the best of their ability. Carleigh graduated as the valedictorian of Stoneman Douglas HS and Haley followed in the top 5% of her class.  Both went on to successful college careers and are well on their way in life, this was Rich’s goal and crowning achievement.  The family would like to thank Dr.’s Goldman, Faria, and Trent and their staff for their care of Rich over the past 12 years.  Per his wishes, his body has been donated to science and we will not be having a formal service.  We ask that in place of flowers or gifts, you would honor his memory by donating to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, to help him take care of Deby, even after he’s gone.   https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate

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