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Dib Antonio Lahoud
April 4, 1940 - December 23, 2022
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<div itemprop="description">It is with greatest sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Father, Dib Antonio Lahoud. Dib passed away peacefully, with his family by his side on December 23rd, 2022. <br> <br>Dib Antonio Lahoud was born and raised in Serhel, a small northern village in Lebanon. In 1957 at the tender age of 17, he immigrated to Quebec City with dreams of a better life. Dib had an elementary school education and only $10.00 in his pocket, but this is where his story of struggle, hard work and success began. <br>Dib did not speak French at the time but was determined to work hard and carve a place out for himself. He started working in construction before moving on to work at a Volkswagen dealership owned by his great uncle. To accelerate his integration, meet new people and learn French, Dib also took dance lessons after working hours. Interestingly, learning to dance proved to be very useful. Later, he would become known as the life of the party. He was the first one on the dance floor, drawing people to him with his charismatic personality, magnetic energy, bright smile, and sense of humor. <br>A few years later, he decided to join his extended family in Windsor Ontario. He worked in a variety of places: tomato fields, a flower shop, at the Chrysler factory and finally as a manager in a Canadian Tire. In 1968, he traveled back to his village in Lebanon, where he met Thérèse and they married soon thereafter. Together they returned to Windsor and began their lives. Dib quickly realized he was an entrepreneur at heart and wanted most of all to own and operate his own business. He opened his first gas station and grew it to become the most successful station in the area. When he sold it, he opened Maaco, a car body shop, which also thrived under his direction. <br>In 1980, with 4 children between the ages of 2 and 11, Dib and Thérèse moved to Quebec City, a city he grew extremely fond of and which taught him so much. With the earnings from the sale of Maaco, Dib purchased his second gas station, and again turned it into one of the largest and most successful in the city. Above all, Dib was authentic, thoughtful, professional, and possessed an unparalleled work ethic that enabled his business ventures to gain success and prosperity. <br>In 1983, Dib decided to sell the gas station and move the family once more, this time to Montreal, where he believed there were greater opportunities to grow. Dib never backed down from a good challenge. In Montreal, Dib and Thérèse opened a Cantor bakery/convenience store. After 15 months of working 18-hour days, 7 days a week, Cantor became very successful with a loyal following of regular customers. Cantor was eventually sold to purchase a fillo dough manufacturing business: “Oriental Pastry Products”. This new chapter in his professional life began in a modest 4000 square feet location with six employees and was transformed into the 50 000 square feet, fully automated manufacturing facility we now know today. Dib poured everything into his business: hard work, sleepless nights and endless hours. Dib and Thérèse have been role models for their 4 children, instilling in them their unparalleled work ethic, professionalism, and love for family. Their legacy will carry on with their children and grandchildren, with each generation honoring the values Dib embodied. <br>When he wasn’t working, Dib loved to play golf, travel, and was involved in his church. Dib’s greatest source of pride and happiness remained his family, and he leaves behind a legacy most people can only dream about. He will always symbolize what hard work, dedication and passion can achieve - proving that dreams can really come true and that nothing is impossible. <br> <br>He is survived by his loving wife, Thérèse; his cherished children: Cecilia (Alphonse), Lillian (Rabih), Anthony (Maria) and Christina (Marwan); 11 grandchildren: Christopher, Anna, James, Michael, Mathieu, Jad, Maya, Jacob, Lea, David, Mia; 5 great-grandchildren: Jeremih, Benjamin, Victoria, Leo and Antoine; three brothers: Bacchus (Isabelle), Peter (Linda) and Paul (Vincenza), along with many brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nephews and nieces. <br>He was predeceased by his sister, Annie and his brother, Serge. <br> <br>The family will receive condolences at Rideau Funeral Home (4275 Boul. des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux) on Thursday, Dec. 29th 2022 from 6pm-9pm, and on Friday, Dec. 30th, 2022 from 9am-10:30am. Mass of Christian burial will be held at the St-Jean-l'Apôtre RC Church (12450 rue Gascon, Pierrefonds, H8Z1S2) on Dec. 30th, at 11am. Burial to follow at Rideau Memorial Gardens. <br> <br>In lieu of flowers, a donation for the purchase of the St-Jean-l'Apôtre church would be appreciated. (e-transfer: A tax receipt will be issued.</div>