Nate was a happy, young man. He loved his cigars and the cigar business. I first met Nate when he owned Paradise Cigars in Charlotte, NC. We would travel up to his shop almost monthly for his "events". No, these were not always events that had cigar reps attending. Most of the time they were simply cigar lovers getting together to hang out for the day. He would have a huge grill filled with all sorts of great food or, on another occasion he had a chili cook off. His shop was a great gathering place.
(L-R) Jeff Godfrey of Perdomo Cigars and Nate Saab
After a few years he decided to close Paradise Cigars and he began repping for Oliva. Part of his territory was Columbia so I got to see him quite often. He was always the same, happy, laid back, and quick witted. When you thought of Oliva cigars you also thought of Nate.
Oliva reps, Mike Walters (left) and Nate Saab (right)
Then, a couple years ago he left Oliva to pursue being an independent cigar rep. His business was just beginning to take off when last November he was involved in a car accident in West Virginia. His injuries were severe and he remained in a comma state until a couple weeks ago. His family made the painful decision to remove him from life support. Monday night he passed away. I will always remember Nate's smiling face. He leaves behind a wife and 2 young children. His cigar buddies will truly miss him. Rest in peace Nate.