Proud, cheerful, resilient and resourceful – these are just a few words to describe a soul who left this earth on the early evening of March 4, 2021.
Ahmad Bartal was born in Tripoli, Lebanon in 1954. He immigrated to the West to many places for personal growth and the growth of wealth, living a fruitful life in Germany in the mid-1970s before settling. finally in Ottawa, Canada in 1979 to find his late brother, Abd El Hameed Bartal. He started his career as a lumberjack, but found his passion for food and hospitality at the local Ottawa pizzeria, Colonnade Pizza; his first Canadian concert.
He later became Head of Service Delivery at the Chateau Laurier, in the heart of Ottawa’s Bytown Market. Although he was not formally trained in the culinary arts, he acquired skills in the industry and quickly became known for the waiter specializing in live cooking demos and entertainment.
He has served many celebrities and politicians, including Justin Trudeau’s late father, Pierre Trudeau, who was then Canada’s 15th Prime Minister.
He became a proud husband at 26, a proud father at 27 and a proud owner at 28.
He was known for his warm smile and his ability to easily make connections – cycling along the Ottawa River, swimming in Mooney’s Bay and skating on the canal.
Ottawa’s immigrant population suffered great loss on the early evening of March 4, 2021 as Ahmad was a symbol of juxtaposition. His ability to skillfully balance Canadian and Lebanese values was apparent in his thoughts, emotions and behaviors. These have been translated transparently into the relationships he has maintained and the accomplishments he has achieved.
He is described as a pure Lebanese-Canadian race, if there ever was such a thing.
If he was still there in physical form, the only thing he would leave for you would be to “keep smiling”.
To continually honor her memory, her family is raising funds to build a water well for a community in need.
If you would like to be part of the continuing legacy of this Canadian immigrant gem, please donate, share or say a prayer on her behalf.
Jazakum Allah kheir and thank you,
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