Abdulwahab L. Qaraman, MD (1936-2015)
Dr. Abdulwahab L. Qaraman, 79, of Cranford, died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, May 25, 2015.
Dr. Qaraman was born in Haifa, Palestine in 1936. He graduated from high school in Amman, Jordan and attended college and medical school in Cairo, Egypt. He immigrated to the United States in September 1972, settling in Elizabeth, NJ. Dr. Qaraman served as a resident at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Elizabeth before becoming a member of the staff in 1983.
In 1986, Dr. Qaraman opened his own private practice in Elizabeth, specializing in cardiology and internal medicine. While remaining on the staff at St. Elizabeth, he also joined the staff at Elizabeth General Medical Center. He continued in private practice while also serving on staff at the two hospitals through the 2000 merger that created Trinitas Regional Medical Center. He retired from practicing medicine in 2005.
Though his career demanded long hours, Dr. Qaraman found peace and relaxation tending to his lawn and garden alongside his wife, developing quite a green thumb over the years. He also had a passion for photography and grilling in his backyard. He enjoyed spending summers with family in Long Beach Island, and especially enjoyed Sunday dinners with the family and watching New York Giants football games on television. In more recent years, he enjoyed keeping up with current events and discussing politics with friends and relatives.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Warda (Issa); daughters Mai Qaraman Reitmeyer, married to John Reitmeyer, both of Cranford; and Hiba Qaraman, also of Cranford. He is also survived by his brother Bourhan Qaraman, of Jordan; and his sister, Afaf Al-Barakeh, of Palestine; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews in the Middle East and around the world.
A life celebration gathering will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Gray Memorial Funeral Home, 12 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. Burial will be private. Go to grayfuneralhomes.com for on line condolences.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA USA) or the American Heart Association.