Adam's Story

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SALEM, NH - Adam Ezzeldin "Zezo" Abbas, 65, passed away on March 1, 2018, surrounded by family. Adam was born in El-Arish, Egypt, with a burst of energy, determination, and passion. From the start, his story is one of adventure. He began his business career at age five, selling toy marbles and hosting paid marble games for the entire neighborhood.
After establishing much admiration in his birthplace, he sought greater opportunity and moved to England, alone, at the age of 16. There, he established himself as an international consultant. On a business trip to Houston, he found his true calling and home, the United States of America. He started from scratch and opened Adam's Deli in Houston. Later he settled in Salem, N.H., and opened a successful video store, Video Attraction, in Marblehead, Mass.
His love for children and family inspired him to open Funhouse Pizza in Salem, N.H., which was operated successfully for over a decade as a staple of family entertainment in town. A major pinnacle of success was purchasing a premier commercial shopping center where Funhouse Pizza was once a tenant. It presently includes several nationally recognized companies. His most recent and current business project is Zezo's Dollar, a large retail dollar store that he started with his son, while he courageously battled health issues. His larger-than-life persona and sense of humor captivated his friends and family. His fortitude, strength, and motivation, always surging, was truly inspirational to his family and friends. He always remained humble and had deep faith. Those around him viewed him as "the American Dream." Despite his business achievements, it was his kindness, compassion, acts of charity, and unconditional love that enabled him to achieve his crowning pinnacle of success: The complete capture of the hearts of his entire family.
Adam is survived by his two brothers, Alaadin and Essmat, their families; his devoted wife of 38 years, Annette Abbas; his son and daughter-in-law, Daryl A. Abbas and Jessica L. Abbas and future grandson; his eldest son Adam N. Abbas Jr. and daughter-in-law Tara E. Abbas; two grandsons Adam Abbas III, who calls him "Big Bubba," and Aaron Ezzeldin Abbas, aka "Zezo."
Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem, N.H., with a private family service. The Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.
Published on March 3, 2018
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