Parviz Tafreshi was a beautiful man. His kindness, patience, sense of humor, and ingenuity made him one of a kind. As a husband to Farie, his unconditional love made every moment of her life a precious gift. As a father to Shawn, he was a mentor, passing his wisdom and kindness with a simple loving hug, and his unforgettable laughter.
He taught everyone who met him what was truly important in this brief life we all live. The simplest things most people take for granted, he embraced and treasured. He fought unimaginable health crises with dignity and a smile. He fought so very hard, for so very long, not for himself, but for his wife, son, and new-found daughter, Bahar. He danced at Shawn and Bahar’s wedding last year and proclaimed it to be the happiest day of his life. His family and friends meant everything to him.
Parviz loved hunting dove and quail, gardening, creating works of unique art, bird watching, cooking, and fixing anything and I mean anything that was broken. He was a technical wizard, who could create a phenomenal work of art from the earth, using nothing but his hands. He believed in the wondrous intricacies of the natural world, embracing its beauty whenever he could. His spirit is alive today in the garden he created. His vibrant energy lives on in the hearts of all who loved him.
If you are reading this, you know that he was a magnificent story teller. He remembered details of his childhood as if it happened yesterday. He never forgot someone he had met. As a result, we will be informally telling stories at his memorial. Before I go on, I must state quite honestly that he did not like the darkness and bleakness of funerals. He wanted his life to be celebrated by his friends and family wearing white or vibrant colors, anything other than black.
For the memorial service, please think of a story up to 5 minutes, that captures the human being he was. All of you will be asked to come to a podium and speak. Parviz wanted family and friends to celebrate his passing with storytelling, and with colors. The best thing you can do in his memory is to create laughter at his memorial, just like he created laughter in our hearts.
I love you with all my heart,
Shawn Tafreshi -proud son
El Toro Memorial Park
25751 Trabuco Rd., Lake Forest, CA 92630
Saturday April 5, 2008, 11:00am – 1:30pm
The Park will be on your right hand side. Once you enter, look to your right on a small field of grass. You will see a tent. That is where the memorial will be held. Park your car anywhere you can.
4 Seasons Restaurant Formerly Darband
14210 Culver Dr., Irvine, CA 92604
3:00pm-5:00pm *More stories will be shared
In lieu of flowers, my father would prefer an alternative. For a decade, Parviz and Farie have helped support Moloud Sarlak, a girl living in Poverty in Khuzestan, Iran. She is one of 7 children who lost their father far too soon. If you are inclined, you may donate cash or a check to cash of any amount. Farie and Shawn will guarantee that every penny is donated in Parviz’s honor.