Mr. Behzad Rozei
March 10, 1963 – July 25, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of Behzad Rozei announces his passing, after valiantly fighting a battle against metastatic lung cancer, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the age of 55. A native of Kermanshah, Iran, he also lived in England, Turkey, and France before coming to the United States in 1990. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, travelling, running, and taking care of Anya, the family cat. Behzad will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 30 years, Katherine, and his children Gabriella and Hannah. Behzad is survived by his parents Heshmatolah Rozei and Gohar Ahmadi, his mothers-in-law, Judith (John) Ellerman and Sandra Friedman, his sisters Azam (Vali) Rozei and Akram Rozei, his brothers Ali, Majid and Kumars (Nasrin) Rozei, his sister-in-law, Gillian (Michael) O’Nan, his brothers-in-law, Jonathan (Kelly) Friedman, Mark (Heather) Friedman, and Michael (Cheryl) Friedman. Behzad will be forever remembered by his numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and dear friends. Behzad was preceded in death by his brother Roozbeh Rozei, his sister-in-law, Christina Rozei-Black, and his father-in-law, Robert Friedman. A Celebration of Behzad’s life will be held at 1:00 on Saturday, August 4th at the Roswell Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to one of the following charities in Behzad's memory:
- Visitation Saturday, August 4, 2018
- Celebration of Life Saturday, August 4, 2018
- Interment Saturday, August 4, 2018
Mr. Behzad Rozei
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August 16, 2018
Behzad and I worked together at BT in Atlanta.
We shared lots of Emails after leaving company.
i will miss him.
Hope he finds peace and rest
in God Almighty.
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August 13, 2018
"... Sleep in peace my beloved friend... for at down, the death of the star proclaims the sunrise... But just tell me my friend, I want to know which poem to recite, which song to sing, which melody to play, which name to call so that my knees wouldn’t tremble, tell me, I want to know how to stop my heart from shaking when I look back... May your journey be full of light my beloved friend..." - Farzad kamangar
August 6, 2018
August 4, 2018
I met Behzad the day he arrived in Paris with his younger brothers having left behind his home country and family, following in the footsteps of their older siblings, after a dangerous and drab passage through Turkey. At that moment, we got silly drunk sharing in the happiness of the brotherly reunion. Reflecting now, it was a momentous milestone in Behzad’s life—arrived with nothing but hope for a better life, he built a path made of hard work, friendships, love and humor, oh yes, that ability to laugh at himself, at hardship, at the often absurd episodes that humanity unfailingly creates for itself and rudely tests us with. Soon he would meet Katherine and, well, the rest is history. Gone is a loving man but his love outlasts him—and the courage, integrity and, of course, humor with which he confronted his illness.
There isn’t a single memory that I can conjure at this time; there are so many shared moments, life frames, pouring inside of me. I would leave a small frame here of when I caught Behzad in my Paris apartment’s kitchen, a look of guilty pleasure and playfulness in his face, as he was attacking his third serving of loubiah poloh. Man, that unrivaled appetite of his!
August 3, 2018
“Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.”
Thank you Behzad for being my friend, even in the hardest of times. I always respected and loved you as a brother. You were the gentlest of souls. I will always miss you. Peace.
My deepest condolences to all the Rozei family: To Katherine, Hannah and Gaby with love
August 1, 2018
I first met Behzad in Paris, June 1988. In June 2018- 30 years later- I ran into Behzad in Publix on McGuinness Ferry, Alpharetta, GA. We talked in length about life, death and everything in between. Behzad is truly one of the kindest men I have ever met. His smile, compassion and genuine disposition will never be forgotten. I am fortunate to have known him. My condolences to Katherine and the entire Rozei family.