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STRIVING TO FILL OUR FATHER'S SHOES: A TRIBUTE TO DR. ABDULRAHMAN SHAMAKI

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We had an amazing Dad. Sure, all kids think so about their fathers, but as we got older we realized that in our dad’s case, it wasn’t the usual childish thought. He was a brilliant doctor and a wonderful gentleman who was blessed with a brain that loved, soaked up & retained knowledge with amazing clarity, was as generous as a breached dam, had a great sense of humor, an astounding sense of love & concern for his family and an innate ability to cheer and inspire. He really was amazing. Which is why a few days after his death when a friend of his while commiserating with the family said he “was confident we would fill our father’s shoes with ease”, I let out an almost audible gasp. If not for the circumstances under which the statement was made, I am sure he would have inquired as to the quizzical look I had on my face in response to his statement. “Did this man really know my father?” I thought to myself. If he knew the uphill task I was up against, he would probably have chos…