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Noted Educator Syed Ali Jafari Passes Away, Laid To Rest In Boston

BOSTON: Syed Ali Jafari, a noted educator and son of the late renowned satirical poet Syed Muhammad Jafari passed away June 9, 2021, in the USA after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in July 1941, he was a month short of his 80th birthday.

An electronics engineer by profession, Ali Jafari’s real passions were education and literary pursuits. After obtaining a degree from Edinburgh University in the late 1960s, he worked for Mushko Electronics in Pakistan, representing Hewlett Packard for 25 years.

After retiring in 1996, he started a new career as a management consultant and coach and was affiliated with several universities, including as Dean Faculty, University of Queensland Australia (off-shore campus). He also taught at Santa Clara University, California, and various institutions in Pakistan including PIDE, NUST, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Thames Business School, FAST, Bahria University, COMSATS, and CASE MBA.

Syed Ali Jafari relocated to the Boston area in 2016 and was active in literary and poetry sessions here.

He was the eldest of five brothers and one sister. One brother Mahmud Jafari is a prominent entrepreneur in Boston. Another brother Abdullah Jafari in Houston is known for his work with The Citizens Foundation. The youngest, Dr Hamid Jafari, is a physician currently serving with the World Health Organization as Director of Polio Eradication. Another brother Ahmad Jafari is a writer and retired educator in Irvine, CA, while their only sister Fatima retired from the travel industry, also in California.

Ali Jafari passed away peacefully at son S. Salman Jafari’s residence in Newbury, north of Boston. He was surrounded by his family, including wife Yasmin. The couple, married nearly 50 years, welcomed their youngest granddaughter into the world a week earlier.

His elder son S. M. Ali Jafari and youngest daughter Syeda Marium Jafari were here from Australia and Hong Kong respectively along with their spouses and children.

S. Ali Jafari’s funeral prayer took place at 1:30 pm EST Thursday 10 June 2021 at the Gardens at Gethsemane Cemetery in Boston, MA, in the Muslim section of the cemetery called The Garden of Forgiveness.

Maulana Syed Shahid Husain addressed the majlis-e-soyyam Friday morning, 11 June 2021, at Islamic Masumeen Center in Hopkinton, MA. The majlis was broadcasted via Youtube so the relatives and friends from around the world could participate and share prayers.

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