Mohammad Reza “Ray” GhanatiFebruary 28, 1945 ~ May 8, 2017 (age 72)
Mohammad Reza “Ray” Ghanati
February 28, 1945 – May 8, 2017
Mohammad Reza “Ray” Ghanati passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the age of 72.
Son of the late Abbas Ali and Monavar Ghanati, he was born on February 28, 1945 in Arak, Iran. He is predeceased by his cherished wife, Jeanne Ghanati and his adored brother, Akbar Ghanati.
In addition to his beloved partner Cheryl Venuto, he is survived by his three children Anthony Ghanati, Jennifer Warren and Darlene Stasky and loving sisters Mahdokht, Mahein and Massoumeh Ghanati, brother Gholam Reza Ghanati and devoted niece Zohreh Ghanati, daughter-in-law Kelli Ghanati, and son-in-law Glenn Stasky. He is also survived by his five beautiful grandchildren: Duncan Warren, Victoria Warren, Davin Ghanati, Camden Ghanati and Carson Ghanati.
Ray enjoyed a wonderful life and countless great adventures while in Iran. He served in the Army there and was also a member of the Iran–America Society of Tehran. In 1969, he came to the United States to attend university, initially arriving in Ohio, followed by brief stays in New York, Chicago and Oregon, before finally settling in San Jose, California where he resided for the remainder of his life.
He graduated from San Jose State University with degrees in Physics and Engineering. While attending San Jose State, he met and married his precious wife Jeanne and they started their family with the arrival of their twin daughters Jennifer and Darlene, followed by the addition of their son Anthony ten years later. During that time, his sister Mahdokht and niece Zohreh arrived from Iran to continue their education and join their growing family with love and support. After the tragic loss of Jeanne, several years later he met Cheryl, his devoted partner with whom he shared the rest of his life. He owned multiple businesses over the years, but ultimately found his greatest joy working alongside his son for the past decade.
A passionate outdoorsmen, Ray loved hiking, hunting, and fishing. He was a lifelong lover of classic Persian poetry, music and photography. His intellect was profound no matter the subject, with an incredible wit and great sense of humor. His creativity, craftsmanship and mechanical skills were extraordinary, as well. His heart, his home and his table were always open to all.
Throughout his life, Ray made a significant impression on everyone whose life he touched. Though he will be missed beyond imagination, each of us who were blessed enough to know him are better for the privilege of having been loved by him and for the honor of loving him.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to one of the following charities, which were meaningful to Ray:
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