Garsevan Luka Bekauri
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GENEVA - Garsevan Luka Bekauri, of Lake Placid, N.Y., died in an accidental fall Monday (July 1, 2019) while hiking and climbing in the Adirondack Mountains. He was 23.

Calling hours and prayers will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (July 12) at the Devaney Bennett Funeral Home, 181 N. Main St., Geneva, NY 14456.

A Christian funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (July 13) at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church on S. Goodman St. in Rochester, N.Y. Internment and prayers will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday (July 13) at Glenwood Cemetery in Geneva, N.Y. Friends and family are invited to gather at the Bekauri home following the burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Skete Monastery of Cambridge, NY or Geneva Music Boosters of Geneva High.

Garsevan was born in Sacramento, Calif. and baptized an Orthodox Christian in the Republic of Georgia. He moved to Geneva, N.Y. with his family in 2006. He attended Geneva City schools, graduating in the top twenty of his class in 2014. In school and in his community he was active in music, theater and sports. A talented musician, he played the trombone, guitar and piano, and sang in a variety of ensembles. A standout athlete in high school, he competed in soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, track, swimming, diving, ice hockey and cross-country. He was the section V champion in steeplechase, qualifying for the NY State championship. A recruited college athlete, he competed at both Vassar College and Norwich University. Garsevan joyfully participated in both musical theater (Oliver!, Chess, Hairspray, Spamalot, Les Miserables) and summer opera. He was the drum major for the GHS band, and homecoming and prom king. He played trombone with the HWS community wind ensemble, and sang with the HWS community choir. He loved math and physics, history and literature. He enjoyed playing chess, and sharing his love of the game with others. An accomplished sailor, he successfully competed in his leaky Laser in a range of local and regional races. He crewed on Thistles and Stars – and was a member of a Thistle team, which placed second at junior nationals. Garsevan moved to Lake Placid in the fall of 2018 and quickly embraced the beauty of the region and the many outdoor opportunities. He skied and skated in the winter, and hiked and biked in the spring and summer. He'd recently begun pursuing photography – happily hauling his digital camera on bike trips and long excursions. The middle child of five siblings, Garsevan was a natural diplomat and peacemaker. Small children loved him – and he shared with them an innocent curiosity about the world around him. Garsevan was outgoing, compassionate and kind. His energy could electrify a room. He had a remarkable ability to connect with others, to set them at ease. He could talk to anyone from any walk of life, and truly and sincerely listened to another's words. Very proud of his Georgian heritage, Garsevan traveled often to the Republic of Georgia, most recently in May 2018. He was deeply interested in Georgian language, culture and music. He embraced all of his rich family history, journeying to ancestral villages in both Georgia (his father's side) and Switzerland (his mother's side) in 2017. Garsevan was an avid reader, a writer of poetry, a composer of music and songs. He was intellectually curious, and spiritually hungry. He was exquisitely attuned to natural beauty, the joy and the heartaches of the human condition, and the emotions and feelings of others. He had an exuberance and a joy for living which touched all who knew him.

Garsevan was extraordinarily close to his four siblings – all who knew them found their closeness and love remarkable. He was a sensitive soul, an untamed spirit, a light shining in the darkness.

Garsevan is survived by his parents Zaza and Janell (Deter) Bekauri of Geneva; his brothers Giorgi (US Navy) and Beka of Geneva, N.Y.; his sisters Mariami of Buffalo, N.Y. and Tamari of Geneva, N.Y.; his paternal grandmother, Aldona Khakhiani of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; his maternal grandparents Bruno and Audrey Deter of Elk Grove, Calif.; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, Avtandil Bekauri of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

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Published in Finger Lakes Times from Jul. 7 to Jul. 9, 2019.
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July 2, 2020
Remembering Garsevans beautiful smile and love for life! I pray his family is well and remembering all his many gifts! God bless the Bekauri family!
Cheryl Johnson
July 11, 2019
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July 8, 2019
To the Bekauri family, Garsevan was quite an amazing young man that I will never forget. His face lit up when he smiled, every time he greeted me when I was in Geneva visiting my daughter, Gabby. He was kind, polite, giving, knowledgeable in so many areas, soft-spoken...a real gentleman, and I am so happy that he and Gabby were able to spend time together. May he continue to live in your hearts forever, as I know his light is too bright to ever dim. God bless you all,
Cherie Johnson
July 8, 2019
I don't know many young men visiting New York who would make time to have dinner with their parent's friend, but that was the kind of person he was. I feel blessed and privileged to have been a part of Garsevan's life and he has piece of my heart with him always.
Gretchen Harders
July 7, 2019
Dear Bekauri Family,

The entire Geneva lacrosse family sends our condolences on the loss of your son Garsevan. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Coach Dunham and Coach Rice
Mike Rice
July 6, 2019
It feels like just yesterday you moved to Geneva, you weren't shy by any means and anytime you walked into a classroom it was a gift. You never viewed anyone as a stranger, you were welcoming of others, and regardless of stigmas you made up your own opinion of people. You were and will always be one of a kind. An adventurer, a go getter, a dream chaser, so many terms could describe you man. I am blessed that our last time we saw each other, you crafted me a Manhattan that was honestly the best I'd had. We talked about life, what we'd been up to since high school and where we saw ourselves in the future. We rapped a little free style, lit up cigars and just had an enjoyable night. You will always be known as a class act. May your soul Rest In Peace and May your dreams always come true wherever your next journey be. Rest In Peace my friend, thank you.
Michael Riley
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