Ibrahim “Abe” Hur
April 2nd 1921 – July 25th 2010
Born on a train in No-Man’s land between China and Russia, Abe Hur began life with full set of lungs and an unusual history which would only be created further as he progressed through his 88 years of life.
Growing up in Tianjin China, Abe experienced many different facets of life that would further set him on a path to his future. His Grandfather was one of the last warlords in China, and upon his death, his title, lands, and “empire” was passed to his beloved grandson, who was 3 years old at the time. Escaping disowned uncles and cousins, Abe’s father kidnapped him away in the middle of the night on horseback to save his life, and escape death at the hands of those vying for the position, which was abundant in the feudal system.
During WWII, he was an attaché to the US Armed Forces in China, and while he saw active field duty, climbing fast and high in ranks within the Chinese army, his greatest accomplishment was during the interrogation of Puyi the Last Emperor of China. It was during such interrogation that Abe coined the phrase “Puppet Emperor” in reference to Puyi’s rule over Manchukuo within the state of Manchuria in alliance with the Japanese army.
When the communists took over China in the 1950s, Abe and his family fled the grip of the Red Chinese invasion, especially harmful to Abe as he continued to have paper work which deemed him a Warlord, even though the title, lands, and empire had never seen his rule.
Several years of traveling and living in Taiwan, Turkey, Canada, Hawaii, and Singapore, eventually found Abe in Hong Kong, which has long been renowned for business.
In the 1970s, Abe joined Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL), and it was here that he would find a long-time home, eventually retiring in 1988 as Chairman of the Board.
In addition to his position with OOCL; Abe, his wife, and eldest daughter had their own import/export company and had sole agency of such accounts as Star Kist Tuna, 9-Lives Cat Food, Trolli jelly candy, Body Glove, to name just a few.
A dynamo in business as well as in life, Abe was not just a survivor, but also a person who thrived. Over the course of his adult life, he suffered with heart disease; had two open heart surgeries, survived lung and then throat cancers; and was a known as the “Miracle Man” for always coming back better and stronger despite his advancing age.
It is with this strength and determination that he had within himself that lent to the shock of his sudden passing this Sunday, July 25 2010 when he suffered a massive heart attack and passed away at home, surrounded by his beloved wife of 42 years and eldest daughter.
Abe is survived by his wife, Marlene; daughter Hetty; son, Christopher; granddaughter Aniko Eyla; and youngest daughter Leyla and her husband Ben who live in Arizona.
Abe will be missed deeply by many whose lives he touched, and will always be remembered for the legacy that he left.