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Hany Abuelrous: July 22, 1959—July 1, 2020

Hany Abuelrous: July 22, 1959—July 1, 2020

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It is with enormous sadness that we bid farewell to a member of our Mission District community and Calle 24 family. Hany Abuelrous, beloved father, husband and business owner, lost his battle with cancer on July 1, 2020. He was 60. 

Originally from Palestine, Hany met his wife Lamea, who is also from Palestine, in San Francisco in the early 90s. During their 27 years together, the couple raised three children and operated numerous businesses, the latest being Temo’s Cafe at the corner of 24th and Harrison streets. 

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In a 2017 story published in El Tecolote, Hany’s wife Lamea explained how Temo’s came to be. 

Hany Abuelrous and his wife Lamea work behind the counter at Temo’s Café on Sep. 17, 2017. Hany lost his battle with cancer on July 1, 2020. He was 60 years old. Photo: Erica Marquez

As her three children grew older and more independent, she had the idea to open her own shop.

After looking around, Hany found a place with the perfect size and location. He wanted his wife’s business to be close to his smoke shop located on 16th Street in case of an emergency.

That smokeshop was Smokes, Etc. located at 3186 16th St. 

But in June, the family publicly announced that Hany had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in September 2019. 

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“Our father is the strongest and most selfless person we know,” his children wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page. “He has been supporting us our whole lives and now it’s time we step up and take care of him.”

If you wish to support the family and their café during this difficult time, you can donate here:

Hany is survived by his wife Lamea, and their children Ashraf, Tamier, and Nadine. 

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