God has taken you away from us, and taken you to rest, it’s not for us to understand, he only takes the best
  • 64 years old
  • Born on May 2, 1946 in Telkaif, Iraq.
  • Passed away on November 26, 2010 in Ferndale, Michigan, United States.

    This memorial website was created in honor of Karim Dawood Khamarko.  

                          Our beloved husband, father and grandfather  


      Karim Dawood Khamarko was born in Telkaif, Iraq on May 2, 1946. He was one of nine brothers and sisters to Dawood and Habbaye Khamarko. He immigrated to the Detroit area in 1974 and became an entrepreneur. He owned businesses for 35 years, starting from a party store to video stores and ending with a dollar store. His ultimate goal was to provide for his family.

On July 25, 1976 he married the love of his life, Aida, and they had five children together. The two of them were inseparable; they were together morning, noon and night. Aida was everything to him; they had the kind of love that people admired. Even though his life was cut short, they enjoyed 34 wonderful years of happiness together.

Karim was a man of great wisdom, patience and strength. He made his family feel protected at all times. He was a responsible man and a great role model. He truly defined the meaning of a “man” and his legacy will live forever.

Karim was a wonderful husband, the best dad and a loving grandfather. He had a heart of gold and would do anything to help others. He enjoyed making barbeque dinners, gardening, fixing things around the house and most of all playing with his grandsons. His grandchildren had a special place in his heart and were his pride and joy. The boys looked forward to their weekend sleepovers at Jido and Nana’s house. They always filled the home with love and laughter, once the boys would leave Karim always felt the house was empty without them. His grandchildren brought so much happiness to his life. 

Karim had a smile that would light up any room, especially at our Arabo gatherings. He will be missed deeply for our Tuesday night dinners with his wife, kids and grandsons. The memories we have will last us a lifetime, but we will always wish we had more.

Karim has enriched the lives of many and loved being surrounded by his friends. His friends were like family and some of his happiest times were spent with them at Nadi (club). He will always be a lifelong friend and it is a shame his life had to come to an end. Karim will truly be admired and adored by many.

On November 26, 2010, Karim had to leave us; his life here on earth was through. He lost his life in the most tragic way possible; he was robbed and shot twice with no struggle in his Ferndale dollar store. God took him away from us too soon, but we will always have great memories of a treasured life. Karim you will always be missed, but never forgotten.

Karim is survived by his beautiful wife Aida Khamarko; his children, Brenda (Ray) Kalasho and their three sons Roman, Preston and Julian; his son Vincent, his daughter Vivian, his son Kevin, and his daughter Candace. He was a wonderful family man and loved by all, he devoted his life to his wife, their children and grandchildren. We are proud to call you our father. Dad if love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. You will always stay in our memories and hearts. We love you and we will always miss you, Dad.


Posted by Brenda Kalasho on 1st May 2018
Happy Birthday Baba! I know your eating ice cream cake today and celebrating in heaven! Me and the boys will blow out a candle for you today too and release balloons for u! Boys love doing that. I’m sure your super happy...Candy is having a baby:) Please watch over me! We love and miss you so much!!!
Posted by Brenda Kalasho on 25th November 2017
7 Years have gone by so fast but missing you everyday! I was talking about you last night to the boys and how we have to keep your memory alive and I always will. We miss you so much. Me, mom, Candace & Kevin were in Jerusalem I hope you got all our prayers and love. I love you and miss you so much baba
Posted by Candace Khamarko on 1st May 2017
Happy birthday to the best baba. I miss you everyday. Love you forever.
Posted by Brenda Kalasho on 1st May 2016
Happy Birthday baba, missing u everyday:( Boys want a cake to celebrate u, hope your happy in heaven. We love u so much!
Posted by Brenda Kalasho on 25th November 2015
Can't believe it's been 5 yrs. I've been keeping your memory alive with the boys and they ask so many questions now. We all miss u so much. We love you baba...so sorry this happened, not fair!
Posted by Brenda Kalasho on 1st May 2015
Happy Birthday Baba! Love and miss you everyday. Today Roman is taking his first holy communion and it's not fair your not going to be there. Roman was so happy that it's on your birthday. He talks about you all the time and he tells me how you visit him in his dreams, thank you. I wish you the best birthday and hope your with Roman today. We will all be thinking of you. I love you
Posted by Brenda Kalasho on 1st May 2014
Today is always a hard day...Happy Birthday, Baba. I know that ice cream cake is ur favorite but today the boys wanted birthday cake donuts to celebrate ur birthday. Pres said he will get an ice cream cake for his birthday on Wednesday. He said he loves ice cream cake like you! I told them beautiful memories about u today. So sad...I miss u so much! Love u always.
Posted by Brenda Kalasho on 25th November 2013
Always thinking of you Baba, we miss and love you forever. Roman talks about you at school all the time and the boys always have you in their prayers. Your missing out on everything but I know your with them and protecting them. I love you. Your my heart.
Posted by Brenda Kalasho on 1st May 2013
Happy Birthday Baba...I love you & miss you too much. I wish I could build a stairway to heaven and bring you back home. Your my heart.
Posted by Candace Khamarko on 6th March 2011
I love you and miss you Baba.
Posted by Candace Khamarko on 13th February 2011
Baba I miss you so much. Thinking and praying for you always. Your forever in my heart, I love you so much.

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