Eltawmi migrated to the United States in 1983 from Libya, said his uncle, Ali Raffa, 66, of Ladue. Eltawmi had been in business in the Loop for at least 20 years. His parents are deceased; he was not married and had no children.Read the whole thing here.
Ray Ghasedi, 64, owner of the building where Eltawmi ran his business for 16 years, was visibly shaken by Eltawmi's death. Before he owned Gyro House, Eltawmi had managed another Greek restaurant in the 1980s at another Loop location.
"He was a saint as far as I am concerned," Ghasedi said outside the restaurant, which was closed Saturday. "He was the nicest man you would ever meet in your life. You cannot find anybody better than he."
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