Azizullah Khajeh-sharaf-abadi was born on April 21, 1933 in the village of Sharaf Abad, 30km away from Yazd, Iran. Aziz passed away at age 85 on October 23, 2018 in Tehran, Iran. Aziz was the beloved husband of Nayereh Sobhani. They had four children together; Nosrat, Manoochehr, Parivash, and Mahvash. He was preceded in death by his brother, Vali. His sister, Safa, lives in Yazd. Aziz is also survived by his seven grandchildren; Aava, Saba, Zackary, Taara, Parisa, Neeka, and Sheyda. His grandchildren lovingly called him Babaee.
Aziz was just released from the hospital after recovering from pneumonia, and died of a heart attack while having breakfast with his friends. He had been in good spirits the week prior, and had settled into his life after returning to Iran four months ago. Chance would have it that Manooch was visiting at that time and had the privilege of seeing him for the last time. Nayereh was also in Iran at the time and had been visiting Aziz at the Baha'i care facility near Tehran. We are thankful he was able to return to Iran, one of his last wishes. He had told us that is where he had wanted to spend his last days.
We remember Babaee as a loving father, grandfather, and friend who worked hard to provide a fruitful life for his family. He took great joy in being with his grandchildren and in the accomplishments of his children. In his free time, Babaee enjoyed spending his time outdoors whether it be walking or just driving around the city. He filled our homes with the sweet sound of his songs and prayers. Babaee will live forever in our hearts.
We are dealing with the loss of our loving Babaee, and we miss him dearly. Please share any stories and memories you have with him below. We invite you to celebrate his life with us at his memorial service on November 4th, 2018 at 4:00pm at the Eastside Baha'i Center, 16007 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, Washington, 98008. In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations in Aziz's name to the Alzheimer's Association.