FLINT TWP. — It was a somber case of hat’s on instead of hat’s off this week in a touching fundraiser organized by the Carman- Ainsworth High School Student Council on behalf of Navid Jamil Hamadeh, 3, of Grand Blanc, who passed away February 2, four days after his birthday. Navid was the son of Katherine Hamadeh, a CAHS English teacher.
Student Council members organized a Hat Day on Wednesday February 11 to raise money to buy a tree and plaque in Navid’s memory.
Students were allowed to wear hats in school that day in exchange for a $1 donation to the cause.
Memorial details still are being worked out but the tree, probably an oak, will be planted in the spring, according to information provided by Cindy Gunn, a CAHS Student Council Advisor. The tree will likely be planted on the grounds of the daycare Navid attended.
In lieu of flowers, the Hamadeh family asked that contributions be made to the Navid Hamadeh Fund. The family plans to use donations to purchase playground equipment and landscaping for the outdoor play area at Creative Learning Academy of Flint “so that other children may love to play and learn” as much as Navid did, according to his obituary.
The eloquent obituary described Navid as a beautiful little boy, who “lit up a room wherever he went.”
“Navid loved every second of life, from dancing to his favorite songs like “Geronimo” and “Rude” and “Gangnam Style,” to playing anything with a ball to his favorite: wrestling and fighting. He loved jumping “in the pit” during gym time at his school and would often try to recreate this by finding every pillow in the house and making big piles for jumping.”
“We loved every second of life with him from morning cuddles to tickling to chasing him down for bath time, to watching him dramatically block goals playing soccer in the summertime… Words and imagery cannot do justice to capturing the light that was this life. Words cannot tell any reader how beautiful our little boy was. Words cannot capture the love we had for him.”
Survivors include his parents, Jamil and Katherine (Herbruck) Hamadeh of Grand Blanc, his brother Salim, his grandparents, Mona (Al Aawar) Hamadeh of Lebanon, Kenneth and Margo (Kitchell) Herbruck of Owosso, his great-grandparents William and Imogene Kitchell of Flint, James and Beverly Herbruck of Flint and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Navid’s funeral and burial took place on Saturday, February 7.