Please comment if you know if Azra/Sara Ghomeshi is a kikess.

Her son, Jian "Big Ears Teddy " Ghomeshi, was born in London. Her husband was Farhang/Frank Ghomeshi. Farhang/Farang is indeed the Iranian equivalent for Frank, being a common Central/South/Southeast Asian name for Frank/German/French/Westerner/European/White.

Jian and Farangh Ghomeshi

Farhang Frank Ghomeshi: ‘The greatest man I’ve ever known’

By Jian Ghomeshi

The Globe and Mail, Oct. 10 2014

From a posting on Facebook that has drawn more than 75,000 “likes.”

My dear friends, forgive me if I am lost. My heart has been broken. My beautiful dad, Farhang Frank Ghomeshi, died at 6:23 p.m., Oct. 2, at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. My mom, my sister and I (along with my cousin) were at his bedside all day, as we had been for much of the last two weeks.

I cannot stop the tears. He was my hero. I have a tattoo of his name – his signature in Farsi, in fact – on my right arm. People have asked me why. He was not a celebrity, or an Olympic athlete, or a business magnate, but he was, quite simply, the greatest man I’ve ever known.

If you had the chance to meet my dad then you will know the beauty and dignity and power of his presence. If you didn’t, perhaps you’ve heard me talking about him over the years. He was a sage. He was a charmer. He was a thinker. And his laugh was so infectious that you could not escape its embrace … you would have no choice but to join in.

His life, in three acts, was a remarkable and inspiring tale. His first act, in Iran, was an extraordinary story of loss and resilience. He lost his dad at 15, and became the de facto father and breadwinner of a family of seven children (he was the oldest). He assumed responsibility for the business, helped his mother, took care of his siblings and put himself through university.

His second act, beginning in his mid-30s, was a pioneering migration to the West. He and my mother left Iran, first for England, and then Canada at a time when few other families were doing so (pre-Iranian Revolution). He was seeking to build a prosperous and safe life for his new young family. He did so – eventually working for Ontario Hydro as a well-respected engineer.

He believed in Canada long before we came here and became a great patriot after we arrived, deeply loving what he saw as a progressive new world. He profoundly cared about the direction of this country.

His third act was a transformation into a gentle and wise soul who was the finest role model in the world. No one had more integrity. No one carried himself with more dignity in his decisions and his selflessness. No one gave more of himself to his family and his loved ones.

You may know that my dad’s mantra to me was, “please work harder.” He fuelled my ambitions. But his greatest quality was his ability to inspire others with his compassion and support. He was often formal in his dealings, but always kind.

And he was terribly loving in a very modest way. One of his last conscious acts was to repeatedly thank the hospital staff for the work they were doing. He hated the idea of people making a fuss about him. Even when he was in terrible pain in his final weeks, he would insist that we all go about our lives and not be burdened by his sickness.

I miss him so much it’s hard to breathe. His sparkling eyes. His radiant smile. His sage words. His joyous laugh. His selflessness.

I am grateful to have had this beautiful man in my life into my forties. In the end, I suppose, he has taught me what love really is. Because I love him so much that I will never let him go.

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I lost my Dad, also an immigrant, two years ago. Please accept my condolences


That was mean spirited and shallow.

You should know that your parents' decision to move your family to Canada, and thus set in motion your eventual involvement at the national level through your work at the CBC, has meant great things to many, many people. Your own contribution to cultural broadcasting is unique in the world, and is highly valued by us, the listeners. Your programs have now become a significant part of this big, mysterious, and sometimes incomprehensibl­e entity we call "Canada." 

Your father made some brave choices, in his original country and then in his adopted home.

G&M, Deaths, October 9, 2014: FARHANG (FRANK) GHOMESHI

It is with deep sadness and broken hearts, we announce the death of Farhang (Frank) Ghomeshi, husband, best friend and soulmate to Sara (Azar), loving and proud father to Jila and Jian, and doting grandfather to Kiana, on Thursday, October 2, 2014. ... Following a private funeral earlier in the week, a memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Le Parc (8432 Leslie St, Thornhill).

Jian Ghomeshi

June 10

Out to dinner with my dear dad tonight. His bday is also this week. And yes, he is the Persian Leonard Cohen...


Jian Ghomeshi's opinions/likes/dislikes are thoroughly predictable and in libe with Establishment propaganda:


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Q LIVE! Stars! John Waters!

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My thoughts regarding Morgan Freeman tribute tonight...

May 6, 2013 at 1:38pm

Dear friends,

A couple of months ago I agreed to host an event in Toronto honouring Morgan Freeman for his career, his civil rights activism and his work in the expansion of global education. It takes place tonight. In the lead up to this event I have become the target of a number of groups appealing to me to not attend this celebration due to its affiliation with Canadian Friends of Hebrew University. As a result, I have unwittingly found myself in the crossfire of issues relating to Israel and the Middle East and those who feel passionately about what must be done. While many of the appeals have been considered, thoughtful and eloquent – and I thank you for that feedback - I have also been insulted, judged and taunted.

I am honouring my commitment to celebrating Mr Freeman and his legacy tonight. In simple terms, this event is not political for me. I am not doing this as a product of political affiliation or to make a statement. I am doing this to honour a great man and to advance dialogue around global education. That is what I signed on for. I realize this will not satisfy those who believe I should boycott the ceremony. I know this, but I believe there is a place for celebrating art, cultural figures, individuals and education beyond a longstanding political debate that will not find any easy resolution soon.

My record on social justice issues over the 25 years is easy to look up. I am sensitive to human rights concerns in the Middle East. I will speak out when I believe the timing is appropriate, as I always have. Tonight is about honouring Mr Freeman and the spirit in which I believe this event has been convened.

Finally, I will defer to this poignant statement made by Margaret Atwood when finding herself in a not dissimilar position a couple of years ago. She articulates what is in my heart…



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