Tributes paid following tragic death of much-loved shopkeeper Akram Hussein
6 April 2021 | 0
Tributes have been pouring in following the tragic death of much-loved Dublin shopkeeper, Akram Hussein.
A well-known part of the local community, Hussein fell ill while chasing an alleged shoplifter from the Drumcondra Centra where he worked. A teenager entered the shop on Saturday morning and stole a number of items from the shelves, which prompted Hussein and another member of staff to chase the youth. Hussein tragically fell ill and passed away in the Mater Hospital shortly afterwards.
A book of condolences was set up at the Drumcondra shop after Hussein’s sudden death and several customers have placed flowers and cards outside the premises. Others have taken to social media to pay tribute to the beloved shopkeeper and share their memories of him.
A friendly face by all accounts, Hussein knew many customers on a first name basis and was warm to all. “Akram would never let you pass by without saying a heartfelt and jolly hello, even if he was mid conversation! A kind, gentle, caring man, and a devastating loss to the Drumcondra community,” one local said.
“Akram was kind to everyone he met, but particularly kind to the young and older customers,” another customer wrote. “He remembered everyone – older people who lived locally particularly – even when they moved to nursing homes or after passing on, he still thought of them and asked after them.”
“We are heartbroken by the passing of our kind and gentle friend Akram,” wrote two local customers on Twitter. “Our local shop will never be the same without him and he has left a huge hole in our community. We will always be grateful that our paths crossed.”
Another wrote that Hussein was “the quintessential gentleman and quintessential local shopkeeper. He epitomised the very best of both.”
“Shocked and deeply saddened to hear this. A chat and a laugh with him never failed to lift my spirits, he brightened up Drumcondra RIP Akram.”
ShelfLife would like to share our condolences with Hussein’s family, friends, colleagues, and those in the community who knew and loved him.