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"AFS" 2007 Obituary


AFSHAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-23 published
AFSHAR, Farokh (November 29, 1947-June 15, 2007)
Farokh passed away peacefully at home in Guelph, surrounded by his family and loved ones, after a hard-fought battle with prostate cancer. Farokh was the loving husband of Maribel GONZALES, proud father of Zhaleh LIGAYA and Aaliyeh AMIHAN, beloved brother of Farideh AFSHAR (of Markham,) and Ferooz AFSHAR (of New Zealand.) His nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear Friends around the world will miss him very much. Born in Calcutta of Iranian parents he lived in four countries for roughly seven years each before he making Canada his home. Farokh wanted to make a better world both here in Canada and abroad. He worked in 15 countries for international development organizations, Non-governmental Organizations and national governments. A committed scholar and passionate teacher, Farokh was a professor at the University of Guelph's School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. Farokh co-founded Development Workshop, an Non-governmental Organization working to improve living conditions in less developed communities. He was also a board member of the North-South Institute, the Canadian Association for Studies in International Development, and of the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies. He was a member of the Iranian-Canadian Community of Guelph, the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the Global Planning Educators Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Farokh served for eight years on Guelph's Round Table on Environment, Economy, and Society.
A celebration of Farokh's life will be held on Thursday, June 28th at 7 p.m. at the Ontario Agricultural College Centennial Arboretum Centre at the University of Guelph.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Inter Pares (, or Free The Children (, would be most appreciated by the family.
"We love you, Agajune!"

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