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Ali Ziafatmadary

Ali Reza Ziafatmadary

Sunday, September 22nd, 1946 - Saturday, March 27th, 2021
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Obituary

On Saturday, March 27, 2021 Ali Reza Ziafatmadary, age 74, died unexpectedly at his residence in Rockville, MD. Born on September 22, 1946 in Tehran, Iran to the late Mohammed Abraham and Molouk (nee Bazargan) Ziafatmadary. Having earned a doctorate degree, he came to the United States in 1984. He worked in the transportation industry. He held a black belt in the martial arts and was also interested in language studies. He also enjoyed the outdoors. Devoted father of Megan and Madelin Ziafatmadary. He is also survived by his brother Hamid (Michele) Ziafatmadary of Rockville, MD, and his sisters Mitra Jahari of CA, Minoo Ziafatmadary of Gaithersburg, MD, and Mary Bazargan of Rockville, MD. Loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. He will be remembered fondly by his many relatives and friends. On Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 10:00 am Graveside Services will take place at All Souls Cemetery 11401 Brink Road Germantown, MD with interment to follow.
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Service Details

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    All Souls Cemetery
    Address
    11401 Brink Road
    Germantown, MD 20876
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Face Masks and Social Distancing are required.
  • Interment

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    All Souls Cemetery
    Address
    11801 Brink Road
    Germantown, Maryland 20816
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Monica Blakely

Posted at 05:08pm
Introduction
We meet here today to honor the life of Ali Reza . We all know Ali loved his life fiercely- he always kept his mind and body agile and limber. You could sometimes catch his running backwards juggling or practicing his martial arts. If he wasn’t physically practicing he was always trying to expand his mind. Even up until his last weeks the girls told me he was still learning and practicing new languages. Speaking of the girls, Ali loved those two girls with all his heart. Madelin and Megan, if you only knew how much your dad wanted you guys in his life- he was so blessed when god brought you into it. You were the beginning and ending to each and everyone of his days. He was so proud of every accomplishment you made and will always be watching over you for your life time.
As we have all gathered here-
We give thanks for his life and wish him well now that their time in this world has come to an end.
For Ali Reza , the journey is now beginning. But for us, there is loss, grief and pain. Every one of us here has been affected - perhaps in small ways, or perhaps in transformative ones- by Ali Reza . His life mattered to us all.
It is important for us to collectively acknowledge and accept that the world has fundamentally changed with his passing. We are all grieving. Life will not be the same - nor should it be. Together, let us open our hearts and commemorate the impact Ali Reza had on us.
Reading
Immortality
by Felix Adler
The dead are not dead if we have loved them truly.
In our own lives we can give them a kind of immortality.
Let us arise and take up the work they have left unfinished.
Remarks
I would now like to invite to the front anyone who would like to share some remarks about Ali Reza .
The Committal
Ali Reza has safely crossed the barrier and is now free to experience another reality, along with all the joys which await there. For us, however, it is important to say this final farewell to his body as we commit Ali Reza 's physical form to its natural end.
Ali Reza , we wish you well and thank you for being a part of our lives. We honor your life and we trust you will find ever-lasting peace. We will not forget you.
Contemplation
The death of every one of us is in the natural order of things; it follows life as surely as summer follows spring. Let us think of the Tree of Life as a symbol. The trunk and branches of the tree represent the human race, and the leaves symbolize the individual men and women on earth – appearing one spring, flourishing for a season, and then dying.
The physical presence of Ali Reza has gone, but the tree remains. In fact, it is now even stronger because of his life - and death. So it shall be for all of us, in time. Let us challenge ourselves to take advantage of our limited time on this earth – let us live our lives fully, endeavoring to love one another and never faltering in the pursuit of happiness.
Closing Words
We have been remembering with love and gratitude a life that touched us all.
I encourage you to help, support and love those who grieve most. Allow them to cry; to hurt; to smile and to remember. Grief works through our systems in its own time.
Remember to appreciate each day and to live it to the full in honor of Ali Reza . We often take life for granted and yet it is the greatest gift we have.
Final Words
I Do Not Think My Song Will End
Johnny Hathcock
I do not think my song will end
While flowers, grass and trees
Abound with birds and butterflies
For I am one with these.
And I believe my voice will sound
Upon the whispering wind
So long as even one remains
Among those I call "friend."
I shall remain in hearts and minds
Of loved ones that I knew,
And in the rocks and hills and streams
Because I love those, too.
So long as love and hope and dreams
Abide in earth and sky,
Weep not for me, though I be gone.
I shall not really die.

Debbi Tehrani

Posted at 05:07pm
My heart was saddened to hear of the passing of Ali. I will always remember Ali as a joyful, kind, enthusiastic man. I am sending prayers and love to Ali's family. To Ali's beautiful daughters, may you always feel the love and presence of your dad through your cherished memories. May God wrap his loving arms tight around the whole family, and may he bring you peace, comfort, and strength at this very sad time.
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