Hamo was a father, a husband, a son, an uncle, and a great friend to an endless number of people, who like me, were lucky enough to be part of his life and him of ours.
As much as my heart aches, Hamo is survived by his lovely wife Radija and three beautiful children - Belmin (13), Aida (12), and Armina (11). Hamo was an anchor of the family who looked after his wife and children endlessly and also took great care of his parents Abdulah and Saima.
One of my dearest and best friends is Hamo’s brother, Aid Music. Aid and I have best friends for over 15 years now. Before I even met Hamo, I heard stories of Hamo from Aid. I heard stories of hard-work, of perseverance, of love, of care - I heard about a man who continuously put his family ahead of himself. Hamo, like many of us, is an immigrant from a war-torn Bosnia, who came here to give his entire family a better life. Hamo was a truck driver who worked endlessly to give his family a new start, a new outlook...to give them back what was taken from them.
I will never forget the first time I met Hamo. Hamo was a towering figure and intimidating when he walks toward you. That intimidating figure deflates as soon as he greeted you with a firm handshake and as soon as he would start asking you how you were doing. He would want to know how your family was, and for us younger guys who were Aid’s friends - he always wanted to know when we would be getting married. His words were always genuine, sincere, and he always wanted the best for everyone and was genuinely thrilled when he saw others doing well.
My dad always told me that the hardest thing to do in life for any parent is to have them bury their own child. This is what Hamo’s parents had to do. Hamo fought COVID-19 for weeks and did all he could with the support of doctors, nurses, and staff at the Swedish Covenant Hospital.
At this time, Hamo’s wife, children, and the entire family need our unwavering love and support. Hamo is with us through his teaching, jokes, and love. Still, his love and presence can never be replaced - especially for his son Belmin and daughters Aida and Armina.
We are raising money to help them today, tomorrow, and in the future. We raise money as a community, as friends, as family, and even as strangers to help a family when it is vulnerable the most.
Hamo would have done it for us, and without hesitation, we are doing it for Hamo, Radija, Belmin, Aida, and Armina,
On behalf of his wife, children, and the entire family, I wholeheartedly thank you for your generosity, care, and love.
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