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Leo Joseph "Asea" Hatem
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Birth: Oct. 12, 1933
Paterson
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 2012
Clifton
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA

Leo Joseph "Asea" Hatem, 78 of Clifton, died Saturday March 17, 2012 Mountainside Hospital. Born in Paterson October 12, 1933, he was the son of the late John and Julia Shalhoup Hatem. Adventurous from a young age, Leo began training as a Jockey at the age 16. He rode thoroughbred race horses at major race tracks like Belmont&Monmouth Parks and rode his first winner at Garden State Park. Leo was also a veteran and served proudly as a soldier in the U.S. Army, doing a tour of almost 2 years in Korea. Upon return from Korea, Leo went to New York School of Announcing and Speech on the the G.I. Bill and soon after was doing record hops and some stand-up comedy. He caught the acting bug and appeared in numerous community theatre productions, T V shows and independent films throughout the years. A member of AFTRA, one of his most treasured memories was being cast member on the tour of the musical version of The Drunkard, conducted by Barry Manilow. During the 70's and 80's Leo also worked as a purchasing agent for Athenia Steel in Clifton and joined the New Jersey Association of Realtors in 1991. At the time of his death, Leo was Employed by Century 21 Award Agency in Nutley and also worked as a standardized patient for several medical schools including Cornell and UMDNJ. Leo was man of many accomplishments, but nothing made him prouder than being a father and a grandfather. He is preceded in death by his beloved son Noah John. Surviving is his wife of 37 years Gail Hatem daughters Kathleen Hatem Loffio and husband Vincent of Saylorsburg, PA and Emily Hatem Bednarz and husband Erik and their son Noah Edward of San Antonio TX, and many nieces, nephews, cousins&friends. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Francis Hatem (1900 - 1992)
  Julia Sadie Shalhoup Asea Hatem (1903 - 1995)
 
 Children:
  Noah John Hatem (1982 - 1990)*
 
 Sibling:
  George Joseph Asea (1925 - 2006)**
  Leo Joseph Hatem (1933 - 2012)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Cedar Lawn Cemetery
Paterson
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA
 
Maintained by: Elizabeth Ann
Originally Created by: Jack Chillcott
Record added: Mar 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87122880
Leo Joseph Asea Hatem
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Leo Joseph Asea Hatem
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- Elizabeth Ann
 Added: Nov. 11, 2012

- Elizabeth Ann
 Added: Oct. 12, 2012

- Elizabeth Ann
 Added: Jul. 4, 2012
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