Joseph Salim Abi-Hashim was born on Feb. 4, 1937 in Beirut, Lebanon. He had two brothers and one sister and grew up in and around Beirut, where he also graduated from the American University (AUB). After moving to Rhode Island and getting his Masters Degree, he became an attaché for the Lebanese Embassy in Washington D.C. where he met his future wife, Joy Abi-Hashim who was working at the State Department.
They had a son, Emad Abi-Hashim, born in Lebanon, then a daughter, Zayna Abi-Hashim, born in Coronado, who were the pride and joy of their lives.
Joe moved to Coronado in 1978 and started local businesses, ‘Taylor’s Unusual Gifts’ on Orange Avenue, ‘New Images’ and ‘Tycoon,’ both in the Hotel Del Coronado. Joy and Joe lived in Coronado until 2004, then San Diego until 2013. Joe relocated to Los Angeles to be closer to his children and grandchildren after his wife passed in 2013 at age 66.
He welcomed grandchildren into his life and enjoyed watching them play soccer and go to the beach in Santa Monica. He loved gambling, cooking for people, the news and movies. He was an excellent cook, a generous host, and a social butterfly, not to mention a very funny and quirky man. He died at age 82 due to heart and kidney complications from old age.