Haddonfield Mourns Mir 'Sarge' Sajid, 42, 7-Eleven Owner, Beloved Community Member

A toy drive in his memory will be held Sunday at the 7-Eleven at 610 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield.

Mir "Sarge" Sajid , 42, died on Dec. 2, 2013. He was the owner of a 7-Eleven in Haddonfield and beloved member of the community.
Mir "Sarge" Sajid , 42, died on Dec. 2, 2013. He was the owner of a 7-Eleven in Haddonfield and beloved member of the community.
News of the death Monday of Mir "Sarge" Sajid, 42, owner of the 7-Eleven convenience store on Haddon Avenue has reverberated through the close-knit community of Haddonfield.

Many expressed surprise and shock upon hearing of the untimely death. His funeral was held Wednesday at the Voorhees Islamic Center.

"He died?" said a customer who only identified himself as Bill, leaving the store at 615 N. Haddon Ave. on Friday afternoon. "He was only 42!"

A sign in the window of the busy convenience store said: "Sajid passed away on 12-2-13 at 7:11 p.m."

Malik, a clerk at the store, said Sajid died of a heart attack at home.

"Sarge was a wonderful man who was very kind to many Haddonfield residents 
— especially kids — and who always said yes when groups asked him for donations from 7-Eleven (coffee, cups, supplies, etc.). He will be missed by many," said Haddonfield Mayor Jeff Kasko.

The store has become a makeshift memorial shrine to Sajid. The door and windows are filling with cards, pictures and messages of condolences.

"Thank you for everything you have do for all of us," read a message that stretched several feet down to the ground of a large picture window. "You have taken care of our elderly, watched over our children, provided us with a place to gather and shared stories. You were there for us during our ups and downs and always started our day with a smile."

Kasko announced a toy drive this weekend in Sajid's memory. Donations will be gathered in front of the store on Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. 

Loretka December 06, 2013 at 10:36 PM
So sorry. Sounds like he was a wonderful man. I don't live in town, so I didn't know him. My condolences to his family.
Jayne L. Grabowski December 06, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Sarge was one of a kind, a true asset to our town. He was loved by everyone. Our family was lucky that he was a part of our lives. We will miss him terribly. We lost a brother/uncle.
Saima Khalid December 07, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Thanks so much for the kind words. Always remember him in your prayers. -Mir family
Natalie Rozlosnik-Purnell December 07, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Always having a smile and kind words to share to all, I hope believe and have faith that Allah has shown Mercy to his soul and to the Mir family as you grieve the loss of your devoted Father/husband/uncle/brother...InshAllah. Sarge is missed by many and imprinted our collective mind's and heart's with generosity and humility.
نورین طیب December 07, 2013 at 02:00 AM
May Allah bless him high level in jannah Ameen
doug dickel December 07, 2013 at 05:50 AM
pretty amazing what impact one man in what some would call a 'lowly' job can have on his world; he must have been someone very special; I wonder how many people thanked him while he was living for the impact he was having on their lives? another reminder of how transient life is, and the importance of letting people know today how much we appreciate the role they play in our lives--today might be a good day to say/send some thank yous
angela melzi December 07, 2013 at 07:57 AM
RIP Dear Friend - a good man, a proud man, a man with dignity who worked hard, diligently and with love. I am proud to call him friend and proud he called me friend
Thomas Wellborn December 07, 2013 at 01:26 PM
He was a wonderful human being. He knew the names of all the kids in the neighborhood. There was mutual respect and adoration between them. He was a friend to everyone he met. He'll truly be missed.
Shaik Rehman December 07, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Really appreciate your kind words everyone!! As of right now we just need your prayers and your support!! Thanks a lot everyone! - Shaik Rehman ( nephew )
Shana Marshall December 07, 2013 at 10:04 PM
There are over 40 wonderful comments about Sarge (and pics of the "makeshift memorial") on the Haddonfield Municipal Alliance facebook page. Please visit and feel free to share: www.facebook.com/haddonfieldmunicipalalliance
Kate Drapiewski Eljadidi December 07, 2013 at 10:42 PM
my favorite memory is my seven year old very irish looking son coming into the seven eleven while visiting his cousins. his cousin Drew, screamed, hey Said, check out the slushy machine. sarge walked up to my son and asked him his name. sarge shook his hand and told him, free slushies for anyone named Said and any of his friends. my son is now 15 and gets a free slushy in any 7-11 because he always thought sarge owned them all and thus far no one has told him any different. sarge will live on forever.
Eileen Yetman December 13, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Today my husband and I heard the terribly sad news about Mir "Sarge" Sajid and we are deeply saddened. Sarge always took time to chat and to tell us news about the apple of his eye, his daughter Anna. He will be greatly missed.


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