Farris Sadak, 88, of Middleburg, VA, an owner
of three Loudoun County restaurants that were
regionally well known, died at home February 20,
He was born August 10, 1924 in Washington,
DC to the late Mahmoud and Latifah Sadak.
Mr. Sadak went to John Quincy Adams
Elementary School, and graduated from Central High School in 1943 in
He was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America throughout his youth
and became an Eagle Scout. He was drafted into the Navy right out of high
school at 18 years of age for World War II, and became a "fighting Sea-bee".
He was a Boatswain's Mate Second Class, Construction Battalion, stationed in
Newfoundland and Guam, and was part of the invasion of Okinawa.
After the military, he attended University of Maryland, graduating with a
degree in business, and did graduate work at the American University of
He married Gamile Hassen in 1953. Farris and Gamile lived in Chevy Chase,
Maryland and began their family while Farris worked in restaurant
employment. The Sadak family moved to Middleburg in 1970 and became the
proprietors of the Red Fox Inn and active community members. The Sadak's
purchased the Leesburg Restaurant in 1976, and in 1984 purchased Johnson's
Charcoal Beef House in Leesburg, which he ran with his son Buddy. Farris
and Gamile worked as a team, with Gamile becoming famous for her desserts
and favorite colonial dishes and Farris for his excellence as a restauranteur and
the warm and welcome atmosphere of his establishments.
Mr. Sadak was a long time active member of the Lion's Club, the American
Legion, Seven Loaves Services, National World War II Museum, American
Arab Association, and the boy scouts. He was a history and nature enthusiast
and traveled around the country for birdwatching, hiking and visiting
battlefields. Mr. Sadak contributed generously to many local and national
charities and non-profit organizations.
Survivors include sons, Buddy Sadak of Leesburg, VA, Dean Sadak of
Richmond, VA and Sami Sadak of Fairmont, WV; daughter, Rema Sadak of
McKinleyville, CA; brother, Omar Sadak of Vienna, VA; sisters, Zarifah
Sadak of Atlanta, GA and Randa Utter of Tolland, CT; and three
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gamile Sadak, his brother, Kamal
Sadak, and his grandchild, Camilla Stull. Family will recieve friends at
Royston Funeral Home, Middleburg,VA on Monday, February 25 from 5 to 7
p.m., where services will held on February 26 at 11 a.m.
He will be buried in National Memorial Park, Falls Church, VA on February
27 at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Legion Post, PO Box 4,
Middleburg, VA, 20118.
Arrangements were by Royston Funeral Home of Middleburg.
Published in The Washington Post on February 24, 2013