Dr. Zakir Hossain, age 83, passed away peacefully at home, on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 with his devoted wife, Patti, by his side.
Zak was born in Mymensingh, Bangladesh and was the son of the late Imam Hossain and Hasina Banu. He was the youngest son of ten siblings. He attended University of Dhaka medical school before he immigrated to the United States in 1962. Zak completed his internship at Colorado State Hospital. He then completed his residency and Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at Wilmington Medical Center. He became a Board-Certified surgeon in thoracic and cardiovascular Surgery following his residency at the Medical College of Georgia. In 1971, Zak began his practice in Wilmington, Delaware primarily at Christiana and St. Francis Hospitals. He took care of thousands of patients throughout his career. As an attending physician, he enjoyed mentoring and teaching residents during their training. He was also an active member of the Medical Society of Delaware.
Zak enjoyed playing tennis, poker, hunting with friends and traveling the world with the love of his life, his wife Patti. He met Patti on a blind date arranged by a friend in August 1987, they married on June 22,1990. He was a devoted and loving husband for over 30 years. He and Patti enjoyed hosting parties and tennis matches with their many close friends at their home in Greenville, DE. Zak and Patti moved to their home in Bethany Beach in 2018. One of his most favorite activities and greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. They were the light of his life. After his retirement from medicine in 2007, he spent much time taking his grandchildren on camping trips, attending their many baseball and football games, theater shows, dance and gymnastics recitals, karate exhibitions, summer camps, graduations, or working in the backyard to get it ready for their countless birthday parties, and end of season team parties. Zak loved to entertain and throw a good party! In his final days he received visits from his grandchildren and close friends. He was truly loved by all who knew him, he was a friend to all.
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 30 years, Patricia (Patti); sisters, Fatema Chowdhury and Saleha Khatun, daughter; Tina Craun (Boyd), daughter; Taniya Goshert-Hossain (Joe), stepdaughter; Shannan Beck (Christopher), stepdaughter; Allyson Stovall; and grandchildren Jackson, Clayton, Hayden, Harley, Alex, and Portia. Many nieces, nephews, family members around the world - he loved each of you and, honorary son Najmul “Teddy” Hossain. Thank you Teddy and Tiso Hossain for your devotion and support of your “Mama” Also, special thanks to Sarah Weaver- Schultz (our cousin from Texas) for being here in our time of need. Due to the current covid-19 pandemic, service will be private. However, webcasting of the service for Dr. Zakir Hossain may viewed at: https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1101322.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to one of the following: Apollo: Youth in Medicine program, https://www.apolloprogram.org/support/ Delaware Hospice. Memorial gifts can be made online (https://www.delawarehospice.org/donate/memorial-gifts/) , over the phone, or via check.