Mozafar Rafizadeh 1952 - 2016
Owner of Nirvana Water and Mansur's Farm
CHESTER, NY - Mozafar Rafizadeh, a beloved son, father, brother and husband, an ambitious and successful businessman, and an affectionate and loving man, died in his home on November 13, 2016, at the age of 64.
He was born in 1952 in Kerman, Iran, the youngest of the six children of Malekeh and Mohammed Rafizadeh. A beautiful boy, he brought immense joy to his family. Mischievous, playful, always tagging along with his older brothers and sisters, he was universally adored. When he was 17, his father passed away, and Mozafar and his mother immigrated to the U.S. to live with his eldest brother, Mansur, who was 22 years his senior and was not only a brother, but also gradually became and remained a father figure in his life.
Newly arrived in America, Mozafar enrolled at Cornell University, where he developed a passion for business. In his 20s, he started diverse business ventures, with an emphasis on real estate and construction. Fine Homes Construction, one of his companies, built luxurious, multi-million dollar homes in New Jersey and Florida. Sugar Loaf Trails, another one of his companies, developed a 30-home subdivision in Chester, New York.
He was especially fond of the Utica area and its people, and with his brother, Mansur, he built Mansur's Farm, the largest dairy farm north of Albany with 800 dairy cows. He subsequently opened Nirvana Water in Forestport, New York, which employed about 100 people and distributed its clear, crisp water to manufacturers nationwide.
His numerous accomplishments, however, could not compare to the love he felt for his family. He was married for over 30 years to his wife, Cherrie, and loved his son, Darya, immensely. His wife, son, brothers, Mansur and Majid, and sisters, Soraya and Sadri, survive him. His brother, Hamid, predeceased him.
He was deeply generous in spirit, with a sweet smile and gentlemanly manners. He was a remarkable man. His family was blessed to have him in their lives.
Services were held on November 16, 2016, at Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers in New York, followed by a memorial gathering for his family and friends in New Jersey. A second memorial gathering is planned for December 22, 2016, in Utica for his colleagues, friends and family.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2016.