Abe Najamy

Abraham G. Najamy, 80 of Danbury died on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at Danbury Hospital.  Mr. Najamy was born in Danbury August 3, 1931, a son of Abraham and Sarah (Ferris) Najamy.  He attended Danbury schools and graduated from Danbury High School in the Class of 1949, received an associate of science degree from Danbury State Teacher’s College (now Western CT State University) in 1951 and a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Boston University in 1953.

Abe was employed by W.L.A.D. as a disc jockey, salesman, news director and sports announcer during the period of 1954- 1965.  From 1965-1969, he was general manager of WSHU-FM (Sacred Heart University) and a lecturer in communications.  He returned to W.L.A.D. as Special Events Director and sports announcer from 1969 until 1977, when he became co-owner, with Paul Baker, of Paul and Abe Productions as operators of Channel 10 until 1983.  At that point in time they sold to Group W Cable, but Abe stayed on as production manager.

Abe’s activities were many and varied.  He was a past president of the Danbury Jaycees and a recipient of the Jaycees “Distinguished Service Award” Man of the Year in 1960.  He was a past Grand Knight and member of McGivney Council Knights of Columbus and also a member of the Rev. John D. Kennedy Assembly, 4th degree, Knights of Columbus.  He was a former chairman of the Community Chest Drive, forerunner to United Way, directed and emceed several Miss Danbury pageants in the 70’s. He was also chairman of Muscular Dystrophy and served as building committee and building fund chairman for St. Ann’s Church in the late 50’s and early 60’s. In 1978, Immaculate High School hired Mr. Najamy to fill its new position as development director and was responsible for coordinating volunteer activities working with parent groups, alumni and other Immaculate High School supporters and organizing development and fund-raising programs..

Abe is also a past president of the board of Directors, Camp Fire, Inc., and received the Old Timer’s Association of Greater Danbury Civic Award along with Paul Baker.

He served on the Board of Directors of the former Msgr. Kearney Center (currently the Boughton St. YMCA), Board member of the YMCA, a past president of Associated Press Broadcasters of Connecticut, a member of the original Danbury Charter Revision Committee, a board member of the Melkite Association of North America, a member of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce and served one term as Treasurer of the City of Danbury.

He served as a past trustee and board member of the United Way, American Heart Association, Danbury Police Athletic League, Building Committee and Parish Council of St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church of Danbury, Diocesan Pastoral Council of the Melkite Eparchy of the United States and was an original member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Substance Abuse.

Abe also produced and emceed the Cerebral Palsy Annual Telethon and the PAL Annual Bail Day Telethon.

A sister, Fannie Najamy of Danbury; a sister in law, Anne Najamy of Danbury and 12 nieces and nephews as well as grand nieces and grand nephews survive him.

Three brothers, Louis Najamy, Arthur Najamy and Fred Najamy and two sisters, Marion Najamy and Melvina Najamy predeceased Abe.

The Rite of Burial will take place on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 10:30 am in St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., (Rt. 39N), Danbury with the Archimandrite Michael Skrocki officiating.

Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.

The family will receive friends at St. Ann Church on Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm and on Friday after 9:30 am.

Contributions in Abe’s memory and honor may be made to St. Ann Church Building and Development Fund.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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