John Obeid was born in Tourza, North Lebanon in the neighborhood of Becharre, the hometown of the poet/philosopher/artist Gibran Khalil Gibran, in 1934.
He was educated at St. Joseph College, Antoura, Lebanon, and in 1956 immigrated to Canada, where he worked and conducted several businesses. John Obeid published a monthly magazine “Al Moughtareb” The Immigrant. He was also listed with Canada Immigration as a translator/interpreter.
John Obeid is former president of North Lebanon Society of Detroit, Michigan; former president of Lebanese Canadian Club of Windsor, Ontario; and has served as executive secretary of Lebanese World Cultural Union of Essex Chapter.
He was the first one who planted in the heads of the Lebanese Community the idea of building the Leamington Lebanese Club, also the Shrine of our Lady of Lebanon.
He was elected on several occasion as a chairman for fund raising committees for Leamington Lebanese Club and has been chairman for fund raising committee for the Shrine of our Lady of Lebanon in Leamington, Ontario.
In his life time he was giving without limit He has delivered more than 300 speeches and poems in different social, religious and patriotic occasions in his community.
In 1984 he wrote his first book “Wounded Soul” and in 1985 “Message to my Daughter”.