North Myrtle Beach, SC
USMC Chief Warrant Officer 3 Umar Faruq Qadafi, Retired, 68, died on Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Fayetteville, NC. Born May 25, 1953, in New York, NY, son of George Banks Robinson and Alice Jones Robinson.
Umar was born in New York, NY and grew up in Rahway NJ, graduating from Rahway High School in 1971. He entered the University of Dayton in Dayton Ohio in 1971 graduating in 1979 receiving a Bachelor of Psychology degree. While in college he joined the Ahmadiyya movement in Islam in 1975 alongside his dear friend Abu Bakr and was a member of Dayton Jama'at. He was active in many areas of the Jama'at serving with Love, Dedication, and Commitment.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1979 and moved up the ranks rapidly serving as an artilleryman. He received the Navy Commendation Medal for the successful rescue and medical evacuation of the pilot of a crashed Harrier aircraft. He was a decorated combat veteran having served in the Gulf War receiving the Navy Achievement Medal. His section crossed the border and surveyed gun positions while the battery advance parties were receiving enemy indirect fire. He also served as the battalion nuclear, biological, and chemical defense officer, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division in the Gulf War. Umar was always willing to share his expertise as a Marine in civilian settings, schools, businesses, and with any young person who had questions about starting a military career. After serving 20 years in the Marine Corps he retired in 1999 as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 with the job title Survey and Metrology Officer.
Following his retirement he worked for Nortel Network as a Government Security Contractor, and Corporate Security Supervisor for Lehman Brothers and Barclays. "The Umar F. Qadafi Award for Excellence on Corporate Security" is awarded each year by Barclays, evidence of the culture of professionalism that he fostered and demanded. "Umar always tried to leave every person, place, and job he has had better then he found it. He will be missed by his family, friends, and Marine brothers. He made our lives and the world a better place." Lt. Col Prowse.
The last position that he held was for Seton Hospital as Security Officer controlling entry into the hospital showing that he was always ready to serve putting his life at risk during this Global Pandemic
He was a Loving husband and a Proud Father.
CWO-3 Umar F. Qadafi is survived by his wife, Reba A Qadafi;
Two daughters, Atia-tul Alim Thurman & Zaria Ahmad Qadafi; former wife, Hameed Ahmad Qadafi; son, Ahmad Khalid Qadafi; & grandson, Omar Tahir Thurman;
Step-son, Steven Michael LeFlore.
Brother, Carlton Raymond Robinson, & his children Amatul Basir Robinson, Mohammed Daood Robinson, and Bryce Jucar Robinson, USMC;
Marine brothers, Lt. Col. Prowse, Sgt. Cronan, & LCpl Brackette;
Sisters, Carol Alice Nowell-Steele, & her children, Joy Alicia Nowell & Adam Christopher Steele, Catherine Rohwedder, Children Elizabeth Andoun, Benjamin Rohweeder, & Bronwyn Filimonova. He will also be missed and remembered by many family members and other friends.
Umar was predeceased by his parents, George Banks Robinson & Alice Jones Robinson; sister, Janice Gardner (mother of Karen Gardner and grand- niece, Gia Gardner Living); brother, Eugene Starkes (wife Sophie Starkes, Father of Michael Starkes and Sherri Howard Living.)
Local Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 11:00 AM at McMillan-Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach, and masks will be required. Burial, with Military Honors, will be held later in Arlington National Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.
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