James G. Azar, 42
DOVER - James G. Azar of Dover died of complications from surgery on Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998. He was 42.
Mr. Azar was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 6, 1956. Jim grew up in Hollywood, Fla. He graduated from Nova Senior High School in 1974, an academic scholar receiving honors in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search and the National Forensics League. He acted in numerous plays throughout the country during his life. His most recent role was that of the king in the Salisbury Maryland Community Players production of ''The King and I'' in 1991.
Jim served as an interrogator in the U.S. Army intelligence Corps between 1976 and 1979 and received an honorable discharge. He published his book of poetry ''Arrival One or Only'' in 1982. He wrote several short-story plays and created many songs that he would play on his electronic piano for family and friends. In 1986, he graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., with a bachelor of arts in English literature. He was awarded a scholarship to attend Exter College in Oxford, England, to further his education in English literature.
In 1989, he moved to Salisbury, Md., to start the Fast Atlantic Service Transport Trucking Co. with his brother-in-law. Jim was vice president of sales for Milliken & Michaels in Dover from 1991 to March 1998. He moved to Dover in 1994 in March of this year and decided to retire from Miliken & Michaels to pursue his love of creating poetry. Between March 1998 and the time of his departure, Jim spent his time writing poetry, loving his family, coaching his daughter's softball team and philosophizing with numerous friends. Jim lived passionately and loved hard. The world is a smaller place without him today.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Cindy Azar; two daughters, Karon Lawson and Brittany Azar, both of Dover; his parents, Elaine and George Azar of Hollywood, Fla.; a brother, Gregory Azar of Hollywood; two sisters, Dawn Madsen of Tallahassee, Fla., and Varlie Fosburgh of Lake Mary, Fla.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday in Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to service. Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contribution be made in his name to the Fox Chase Cancer Center, c/o Department of Institutional Advancement, 7701 Burholme Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.
James G. Azar was born to Syrian-Lebanese parents on the sixth of January, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the eldest of four children. In 1960 his family moved to Hollywood, Florida. He graduated from Nova High School, an academic scholar, receiving honors in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search and National Forensics League.
He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps between 1976 and 1979 where he served as an interrogator.
Jim was also a member of Hall/Hill Performing Arts when it all began and is perhaps, best remembered for his rendition of I Want To Be Happy with Cookie Latham in 1974. This memorable event was re-created in the first alumni show Singing Our Own Song in June 1998.
Jim was a poet (Arrival: One or Only?) , successful business man, actor, playwright, friend and father. He leaves behind a wonderful family of siblings, and parents, wife Cindy, daughter Brittany, and the Hall/Hill Performing Arts troupe.
He was taken from us on October 15, 1998.
Jim Our wonderful, eloquent friend We will miss you.
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