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Community Advocate Yahya Jihad Abdullah Dies

Yahya_abdullahYahya Jihad Abdullah, of Rochester, passed away Jan. 20.

A retired Monroe County employee, Abdullah had recently worked as a sales and distribution representative for the Minority Reporter Media Group (MRMG), and also served as co-chair of the Juneteenth Committee of the Freedomway Business Association.

“It was his passion, his spirit, to promote our people,” said his wife, Arleata Abdullah. “He felt Rochester needed that.”

Abdullah is survived by his devoted wife, Arleata; three sons, Jelani (Yvette) Buckner, Anwar (Barbara) Khalil, Mikal (Crystal) Khalil; one daughter, Danet (Jahmaal) Ross; 16 grand; two great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Laverne) Buckner Jr.; three sisters, Cynthia Waye, Sylvia Bryon and Diane (Trent) Wynn; mother-in-law, Patricia Ghee; one brother-in-law, Charles (Barbara) Ghee; nieces, nephews; other relatives, and friends.

“Yahya was a great person from the day I met him,” said MRMG president and publisher Dave McCleary. “He never changed. He was always interested in building up the community. His presence is definitely going to be missed.”

Janazah Service will be held at the Islamic Center, 727 Westfall Rd., Friday, at 2 p.m.

In addition, a community service will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Frederick Douglass Resource Center, 36 King St.

Interment will be in Avon, NY.