The family of a man who died one month before his 101st birthday have paid tribute to the ‘much loved and widely respected gentleman’.
According to his family, Abbas Mehrnoosh, of Lucastes Avenue, Haywards Heath, was the first Baha’i to come to the town. Baha’i is a progressive religion promoting equality and world peace.
His daughter Neshat paid tribute to him on behalf of herself and Abbas’ wife Hannah, after he died on August 21.
She said: “We are absolutely and completely heart broken at the loss of Abbas Mehrnoosh, the much-loved and widely-respected 100-year old gentleman.
Originally from Iran, Abbas travelled the world spreading the Baha’i Faith and sharing his way of life.
“His generosity and wisdom were so apparent, many sought his advice and his door was always open.
“Incredibly hard-working, knowledgeable and full of stories, Abbas lived by the principle, ‘work is worship’, and had so much energy he was still climbing trees at 85 after his bee swarms.
“Husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather – an incredibly kind and generous man, always surrounded by an air of dignity.
“Everyone who met him, fell in love with his kind heart.”
The funeral will take place at 3pm today (Thursday August 27) at Haywards Heath Cemetery.