• KHALIL MIKHAIL On Sunday, Sept...

On Sunday, September 16,
2018, Mikhail Khalil, 84, fell
asleep in the Lord. Mikhail was
the beloved husband of the
late Agnes Khalil, father of
Tamam Mansour (Naim), Zelfa
(Dr. Imad Alizray), Michael,
Leila (Dr. John Newell), Dalel;
he is also survived by his
grandchildren, Zeina Livanos
(Micah), Elie and Alexander
Mansour, and Michael Alizray;
also survived by three greatgrandchildren;
also survived
by his brothers and sister,
Essa (Janet), Khalil (Sadie), Dr.
Karim (Samar), Hanna (Jihad)
and the late Elias (Yassemine),
George (Awatif), Baheegeh
(Elias), Badiya (Zaki), as well as
numerous nieces and
nephews. Mikhail Khalil came
to Pittsburgh from the tiny
village of Miklos, Syria in 1956,
after marrying his beloved
wife, Agnes. From this union
was born the foundation of a
true legacy in Pittsburgh.
Mikhail worked several years
in any job he could, from
working in the tunnels and
under the rivers, to the
iconic Islays, before landing a
job as a butcher at Omar
Kayaam, for 12 years, while
his wife, Agnes, worked at
Nabisco. In 1972, Agnes and
Mikhail opened their first
restaurant in Oakland,
and together they began a
legacy that lasted over 46
years. Five years after they
opened their first restaurant,
Mikhail bought the very same
restaurant he was once a
butcher in, and then bought
a third restaurant - a cafeteria
in Oakland. In the 1970s,
Mikhail Khalil kept the promise
he made to his father, and
along with his beloved Agnes,
brought his entire family over
from Syria, one by one, and
gave them housing, jobs and
the foundation necessary to
succeed in America.
The family has since
prospered from the fruits of
their love and labor. He not
only helped his own family,
but tirelessly helped countless
others from every walk of life,
too numerous to count Mikhail
is renowned not for his great
accomplishments and
successes, but rather, for his
strong faith, love for God,
generosity, humility, kindness
and charity. First and
foremost, in his life, he loved
God, with all his heart, mind
and soul. He served him every
moment that he had
breath.  He loved the church.
He was a chanter at St.
George Antiochian Orthodox
Cathedral for almost 50 years
and went to church every
Sunday and several times
during the week, in the snow,
and extreme heat, despite
being confined to a
wheelchair. Despite his
success and prosperity, he
was a simple, humble man
who did not care for the
temporal things of this world.
He constantly and tirelessly
gave of himself.  He fed the
hungry, gave to the poor, and
never forgot the lonely,
the lost, and the forgotten. 
This was his way, because this
is Christ's way. Mikhail's
accomplishments are too
numerous to count. He and his
beloved wife, Agnes, were
always being featured in news
outlets or cooking shows.
Mikhail was one of five chefs
in Pittsburgh who was
featured on the Kitchen
Theatre Marquis at the
Carnegie Science Center and
is the founder of the Syrian
Educational and Cultural
Exhibit at the Pittsburgh Folk
Festival.  In 2016,
Mikhail Khalil received a
Lifetime Achievement award
from Global Pittsburgh for his
contributions to Pittsburgh.
Mikhail Khalil had a beautiful
passing from this life into the
Glorious Kingdom of Heaven,
escorted by angels and
surrounded by his children
praying and praising God with
Holy Hymns. This day was
what he lived his life for.  His
legacy will continue on by his
children doing the work he
loved, serving God. May his
memory be eternal.  Friends
will be received at St. George
Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral
on Thursday and Friday from
2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where a
Trisagion Service will be held
at 7 p.m. each evening.
Additional visitation will be
held on Saturday, one hour
prior to an 11 a.m. Funeral
Service. Arrangements by
INC., freyvogelfuneralhome.com
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PostedSeptember 19, 2018