Iconic American Coney Island server 'Jerry' dies

Jerry Abu El Hawa dies suddenly

(Photo by Keith Burgess)

DETROIT – A popular server and cook at Detroit's famous American Coney Island has died.

Jerry Abu El Hawa was a staple at American Coney Island for 40 years. Whether stopping in for lunch or a bite to eat after a Tigers' game, Jerry's face is one customers will never forget.

The Keros family, owners of American Coney Island, released this statement:

"We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of American Coney Island's dedicated and much loved employee Jerry Abu El Hawa. For the past 40 years, Jerry has been an iconic character behind the counter of ACI, serving generations of customers with his warm and witty personality. He was more than an employee to us, he was family and will be dearly missed by our staff and loyal customers. Our deepest sympathies go out to Jerry's wife Faye and son Ali."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Jerry was featured in one of Local 4's "Uniquely Detroit" segments.

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