Fred Ghanim

Obituary of Fred Ghanim

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Fred (Fuad) Jamil Ghanim was born in Ramallah, Palestine on December 18, 1947.


He was one of seven children of Jamil Rizik Ghanem & Nimeh (Bajalia) Ghanem.


At the age of 15, Fred and his family left Palestine to come to the United States in the pursuit of a better life. Although it was a tough journey for him and his family, they settled in New Jersey.


Fred, along with his brothers had his own business as a very successful carpet installer which he owned for many years prior to his retirement.


At the age of 29, Fred married Anna May Aruta and the two were married for 24 years. From their marriage they had two children together; Fred Jason Ghanim (Joy DiMatteo) and Amanda Jane (Ghanim) Vettori (David Vettori)


Several years later at the age of 53, Fred married Suzan O Musallam and was married for 23 years. From this marriage they had three children together; Alex Fred Ghanim, Stephen Fred Ghanim, and William Fred Ghanim. Additionally surviving are his four grandchildren, Gianna Marie, Vanessa Maria, Veronica Anne, and Valerie Rose; his eldest brother, Ricky (Rizik) Ghanim and his sisters, Nahla (Ghanem) George, Mary (Ghanem) Fregans, Aida (Ghanem) Neil, and Salwa (Ghanem) Rofrano.


He is preceded in death by his mother Nimeh (Bajalia) Ghanem, father Jamil Rizik Ghanem, and his younger brother Nader Ghanim.


Recently, Fred enjoyed one last trip back to his homeland, Ramallah, Palestine. This was his wish before he passed on.


Fred is not suffering anymore from cancer. He will be missed on earth, but is now at peace in heaven. God rest his soul. May his memory be eternal.


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 from 5-9pm McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Ave, South Plainfield, NJ 07080.


The church service will be held on Wednesday, February 14, at 10am at St. Stephen the Protomartyr Antiochian Orthodox Church, 609 Lane Ave, South Plainfield, NJ 07080.


Immediately following the church service, Fred will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery, 1401 Woodland Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.



5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
McCriskin – Gustafson Home For Funerals
2425 Plainfield Avenue
South Plainfield, New Jersey, United States

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:15 am
Wednesday, February 14, 2024
St. Stephen The Protomartyr Antiochian Orthodox Church
609 Lane Ave
South Plainfield, New Jersey, United States


11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Hillside Cemetery Scotch Plains
1401 Woodland Avenue
Scotch Plains, New Jersey, United States
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Fred Ghanim

1947 - 2024

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