Shalom Aboudi, 56 from Tiberias, was killed by a Hezbollah missile attack along Israel’s northern border on November 12.
Aboudi, a longtime employee of the Israel Electric Corporation, was working near the border to repair power lines damaged by previous missile fire from Lebanon. IEC said Aboudi had worked for the corporation for 34 years, and was survived by his wife, Orly, and their two children.
Meir Spiegler, the CEO of IEC, said that Aboudi was “loyal to the values of the company and its commitment to its clients and we are pained by his passing.”
In a statement announcing his death, the Tiberias municipality said that residents of the city “owe him a lot for his dedication and his work… he worked night and day, in strong rains of winter and the hot sun of summer, all so that residents of the city will have light in every corner.”
His cousin, Nava Schwartz, wrote on Facebook that Shalom “was just like his name.”
“A man of peace, a man with a good heart and generosity, a man with a bright smile, optimistic, funny, pleasant, humble, loved by everyone,” she wrote. “An exemplary family man — his family was his whole world.”
Schwartz wrote that Aboudi was dedicated to his work as an electrician: “His job was to bring light, even in his death he went to bring light, and he will no longer come back.”
Aboudi’s wife, Orly, wrote on Facebook that she was visited by so many people during the shiva mourning period, including those who were grateful for all of his work in their communities.
“I hope Shalom can see everything from above, except this time he’s quiet for once, haha,” she wrote. “Pray for the people of Israel and for the IDF and the security forces — I can only hope that Shalom was not killed for nothing.”