Mohsen “Amir” Azimi
May 25, 1959-March 1, 2020
Mohsen “Amir” Azimi, 60, departed this life on March 1, 2020 after a brief but valiant battle. He will be remembered for his love of family and sense of humor.
Amir was born May 25, 1959 in Tehran, Iran and spent a lively childhood there. His love of travel led him to the United States in 1979, to play soccer at Ohio Wesleyan University. It was during this time that visas for Persian students were revoked and Amir was not able to complete his studies there and moved to Greenville, South Carolina where he met his future wife, Paula Veldhuis, with whom he moved to Charlottesville and had two children, Simone and Jacob. Later in life he took a generous interest in their half-sister, Matti Veldhuis, and enjoyed an active role in her life.
Amir worked for many years until his retirement at the University of Virginia Clinical Labs where he had many friends and happy “clients.” Amir never met a stranger and could regale anyone with stories. Amir was a kind man who enjoyed music (Neil Young comes to mind), soccer, football (a true Redskins fan even when they were losing – which was most of the time) and cooking – especially some of his favorite Persian dishes for his family and friends.
Amir was preceded in death by his son Jacob, brother Freydoon, and father Haj Hossein. He is survived by his loving daughter Simone Azimi (Austin Mills), grandson Angus Nash Azimi-Mills, mother Soghra, siblings Akram, Majid, Hushang, Maryam and Parastoo, and the whole Veldhuis family with whom he remained close.
A celebration of Amir’s life may be held at a later time.
I will miss you so much my brother. I still have my memories, a lot of them very funny. You were such a good friend. Go rest and enjoy your time with Jacob until we meet again. I will never listen to ACDC and not think of you without a smile on my face.
My dear friend. What can I say? You will be missed more than you could ever know. I loved watching you enjoy the trip to Buxton playing in the Atlantic, watching the younger group surfing and exploring the island., this is how I will remember you. You have been like family to us. My dear Brother, you can rest now . Your time here has been a blessing to the people you have touched. We will meet again.
My heart is so heavy to hear of your passing, what FUN we had back in the day of am collections and all our long days in the OPD lab.. you always made me laugh so much and we also had such great heavy conversations…. such a wonderful Man..you will be greatly missed
Rest In Peace my friend! My career at UVA seemed to always put us in each other’s path when we needed it the most. Thank you!
Until I see you again.
Sad news! You were always a pleasure to work with Amir! RIP😇
Such a shock to hear this. You were a bright light. I enjoyed our conversations and always appreciated your perspective. I will miss you
RIP MY FRIENDS from high school
We both lived on Aref St and went to Abu Ryhan high school
I was looking at his image with a smile the whole time from those days when I was reading this.
It was always a delight to be around him as roommates, soccer player (you always wanted on your team )in Ohio , Greenville and Charlotte.
Amir my good ol friend. you’re always going to be missed
I am so sorry to hear of your passing. I will always remember all the laughs we shared. Rest in peace my friend.
I truly am saddened by this news but I know he would say “leeza, don’t be sad, be happy and keep on rocking!” . I wish I would have taken that chance to see you one last time. I loved you dearly and you made my life alot more interesting in the lab. Prayers for your family.
My condolences to the family of Amir,, those in America and in Iran. God give you all the strength needed to get through this time of sadness. Amir, the man I knew was gentle, humble. and kind to everyone, always smiling. he will truly be missed, however, those days of ours in greenville, sc will be a happy memory forever in my heart & mind, those times we shared as young men, listening to music, playing soccer, and having good fun,
May God bless and keep his soul, until we all meet again.
You will be missed my dear friend. We had many laughs and you one of those people that made it easier to go to work everyday. I know you were as excited about the new Skins coach as I am. I also know you have a 50 yard line seat now at all the games. May God bless you and comfort your family.
Sending my prayers and thoughts to you and your family. Thanks for sharing your family with us, was blessed many fold!
Love you man. Wish we’d had more time together. Like the obituary says, you had a great sense of humour.
Amir was a kind, caring and wonderful person. I truly enjoyed working with him. I will miss him dearly, instead of an Angel on earth., you are now an Angel in heaven, my friend. My prayers and thoughts for his family and friends. ❤️🙏😇🦋
RIP my friend. My condolences go to Paula, Simone, Azimi family (in Iran) and the Veldhuis family for their loss….
Peace and Love.
Rest In Peace dear Friend.
We will miss your loving smile-always!
Dear friend and brother, you were always a delight to work with and your humorous ways were a light for so many evenings in our lab. No one who knew you can ever forget you.
Amir, you always brightened my day when I made my rounds at Fontaine. Your sense of humor and ability to see the bright side in everyday life. Will never forget when you say things to a patient after a draw ” run while you can” , just to add humor and lighten things up. You touched many lives.
I saw this lovely man once a year at Fontaine Research Park for annual blood work. I always looked so forward to seeing him. For someone I barely knew, I knew he was a caring, lovely man. He was a people magnet. He always had a smile, he loved to talk of his travels. If I feel his loss, I can only imagine what his family and friends must feel. I know this world was better because Amir graced it. My sincere condolences.
I’m so sad to hear of Amir’s passing. We worked together for several years at Fontaine Research Park. He was a joy to work with and our patient’s greatly valued the care Amir provided them throughout his service at UVA Medical Center. We all missed him once he retired, especially his patients!
For his family: You are all in my thoughts and prayers…today….tomorrow…and in the many days to come during this difficult time.
Greetings to All of Amir’s beloved family. I am his direct neighbor. I was so sad to learn of his early passing. Amir and I had many conversations “down by the creek”. He enjoyed seeing the kids play, fish, build bridges and forts in the back yard. I would tell him about the newly born foxes and deer that frequented the creek and passed though our yards. He brought his mother to our house for such a nice visit. I am sorry you have lost your father, brother, son, and friend at such a young age. Peace be with you All. Kim
I never got to thank Amir for letting me share his home for many years I took many photos of deer, squirrels, cardinals, foxes ..He was so excited to send them to Iran…I loved his sense of humor..short conversations on the stairs and a lending ear when needed..Hugs to family in Iran and to his daughter Simone and her family and to Paula…I’m grateful to have known him.
My Dear Friend we used to work together at Fontaine and I would love it when I came up and we had our morning conversations you will be missed always.