Rachid  Ghachem
Died: Jan 4, 2018
 Rachid Ghachem, 72, of Hackettstown, New Jersey, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, January 4, 2018, at home.

Born October 3, 1945, in Teboulba, Tunisia, Rachid was the son of the late Taieb and Bechira (Belkahla) Ghachem.

He and his wife, Lydia Ann (Cummins) Ghachem, celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on September 6, 2017.

Rachid graduated from high school in Sousse, Tunisia at the lycée de garçon de Sousse. He studied hotel and tourism management at the Institute d’Hotellerie et du Tourism in Sidi Dhrif, Tunisia and later earned his degree in hotel management at Cornell University in1969, where he and Lydia met.

He worked in the hospitality industry in New York City as auditor and manager for 37 years. Most of his career was spent at the Omni Berkshire Hotel.

Having the gift of creativity, Rachid loved to develop his talents in the areas of: gardening, cooking, photography, and crafting, especially with gourds grown from his garden. He was a lover of travel, music, and dance and spent much of his spare time communicating with family and friends on Facebook, where he loved to send pictures of his family, friends, and his experiences and activities. Rachid was a lover of people and animals. He especially loved nature and spent much time feeding the birds and squirrels in the backyard. He was a fan of sports, especially soccer, which he played in Tunisia on the national soccer team in Sousse. He passed down his passion and skills to both of his daughters.

Rachid loved life and had the ability to find humor in all aspects of everyday life. He loved to joke and make people laugh. He was a strong believer in human rights, equality, commonalities of the entire human race, and freedom of the human spirit.

Rachid was a supporter of the Hackettstown Committee for Crime Prevention (HCCP) and Teen Nights held at the Hackettstown Middle School and the Hackettstown Community Pool.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Lydia Ann, are a daughter, Rachel Ghachem Sutton, and her husband Jack, of Milford, PA and a daughter, Noreen Ghachem and her wife, Elena Maucere, of Ewing, NJ. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Jessica and Eric Sutton.

Rachid has a large family in Tunisia. He was predeceased by four brothers and sisters: Faiza Oueslati, Zohra Tekaya, Noureddine Ghachem  and Fathi Ghachem.  He is survived by his sister, Monia Belkahla. In addition, he has 17 nieces and nephews (Sami, Mohsen, Samia, Mouna, Taher, Arafet, Arabia, Sophia, Chiraz, Leila, Khalifa, Eskander, Dhekra, Hanen, Bechira, Mohamed, and Saber). He also is survived by his brothers-in-law Abdelhakim Tekaya and Abdeljelil Belkahla and his sisters-in-law Maria and Zohra as well as numerous great nieces and nephews. Dozens of cousins remain, including his best friend, Salem Ghachem.

Most of all, he loved his family.

Viewing will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ on Monday, January 15th from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 16th at 11 am followed by burial at Pequest Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Soroptimist International of Hackettstown (PO Box 7004, Hackettstown, NJ 07840) or HCCP (Hackettstown Committee for Crime Prevention), PO Box 695, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Offer online condolences at www.cochranfuneral.com.



Kathy Mackie
January 12th, 2018 7:32 pm
I was so sorry to hear about Rachid. My love and prayers to you, Lydia and your daughters.
Sheila McGrail
January 12th, 2018 10:05 am
Dear Ann, I am so sorry about your loss. I am also sorry that I did not meet Rachid - he sounds as intelligent and fun-loving as I remember you. May your daughters, grandchildren, other family and friends be a source of comfort and support. peace and love, Sheila
Adrienne Baisley
January 12th, 2018 8:44 am
Rachel,Thinking of you and hoping you are doing well during this difficult time.
Ann and Alan Kirkwood
January 11th, 2018 11:41 pm
A sad good bye to Rachid, the man with the big smile, who opened his heart and home to all. Our profound sympathies to Lydia and family.
Dorothy Caufield
January 11th, 2018 4:34 pm
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Reading the comments above, he sounds like a wonderful man who was respected and liked by all. It also sounds like this was unexpected and sudden. I know that kind of loss since both my parents died suddenly and unexpectedly. For those of us left behind it is truly heartbreaking but for the person, it is a blessing that the pain and suffering was minimal. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Park Ca
Victor and Galina
January 11th, 2018 9:21 am
We were greatly saddened by unexpectedly quick disappearance of Rachid Ghachem, a loving husband, father and friendly relative. This cheerful person, with a strong character and great diligence, has always been kind to others. His sunny smile warmed and inspired positive communication. He respected his past and cherished the Tunisian culture. He was an active blogger and through Facebook generously shared the sights of Tunisia and the USA with his numerous friends. His gardening success amazed people. On his photos large pumpkins, peppers and bright ripe tomatoes delighted the eye and inspired other amateur gardeners. In his life, a great place was occupied by work and family, so when he retired, he devoted much time to his family and hobbies. Saying goodbye to Rachid, we leave in our memory all the best that he left to all of his closest and dearest. We thank him for his contribution to the development and promotion of people's diplomacy between Tunisia and the United States. We thank him for the fact that he met us on our way and enriched us with his presence. Let the memory of him live! We will preserve his image in our souls.
Nabil Ghachem
January 10th, 2018 3:13 pm
Sincere Condolences.
SMS 6th grade team
January 9th, 2018 8:43 am
Rachel, We are all so sorry for your loss. We sincerely hope that the memories that you have created with your father bring you comfort during this difficult time. He sounds like a wonderful man.
Sue and Rodger Siersma
January 8th, 2018 10:18 pm
Lydia, Rachael and Noreen, we are very sorry for the loss of Rachid, a
Chris and Elisabeth Black
January 8th, 2018 9:14 pm
Lydia, Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Chris and Elisabeth
Peg Sheldon-Russack
January 8th, 2018 7:31 pm
Lydia and family, I am really going to miss Rachid at the gym. We had a lot of laughs together. It will not be the same.
Audrey Bogad Balogh
January 8th, 2018 6:41 pm
Dear Ann - I'm so sorry for the sudden loss of your dear husband. I so well remember the class reunions where he had so much fun dancing and whirling you on the dance floor with your feet a foot off the ground. My sympathy to you and your daughters. With love, Audrey
Linda Kinney Accatatta
January 8th, 2018 4:44 pm
Ann, so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. May God comfort you and your family.44
Marge Messinger Willever
January 8th, 2018 4:16 pm
Ann,I am very sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I am hoping that you will be comforted by the memories you and he shared with you, your daughters, and his grandchildren. Know my thought are with you at this time.
Len De Roche
January 8th, 2018 3:47 pm
Ann, My thoughts and prayers are with you with this loss. May the memory of the time you and Rachid had in life give you courage and comfort.
Fay Ramacher Tinsman
January 8th, 2018 3:12 pm
Dear Ann My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Maureen Uniszkiewicz
January 8th, 2018 1:50 pm
Noreen. So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Maureen
Kathy Fedorko
January 8th, 2018 1:47 pm
Dear Ann, I am so sorry to hear about the sudden death of your husband. My thoughts are with you. Kathy Fedorko
January 8th, 2018 1:26 pm
jamais je vous oublie cher cousin
Clara Pepper Rowe
January 8th, 2018 12:42 pm
Dear Ann, I don't know if you remember me, but I went to Del Val with you. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Clara
Linda Fritsche Castner
January 8th, 2018 12:27 pm
Ann, I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. My warm thoughts are with you.
January 8th, 2018 10:22 am
In time all your memories are going to provide you comfort and warmth in your heart. I will always remember the fun we had with your Dad in the backyard dancing and his fun loving spirit! My prayers are with all of you and you know we got your back. Reassure release.
Faith Wight
January 8th, 2018 9:35 am
Hi Noreen, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May the memory of your father always be a blessing. Love, Faith
Pat Curran
January 8th, 2018 9:21 am
Rachid was my friend for almost fifty years, especially after he married Lydia Ann. He was a wonderfully warm person who is and will be greatly missed. His sense of humor lightened up all our visits, and we had looked forward to many years of fun together. We are crushed by his sudden and unexpected passing.
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