Dear Uncle Hamid, Thank you for being a funny and kind uncle, and for your great care as the elder Sabeti brother and doctor to the entire Sabeti family. The many summer holidays you all spent with us are some of my most cherished memories growing up, and the time I spent with you as a young adult living in England a special gift. I am heartened that you are never far as you have infused Shari and Amir with your incredible wit and warm coy smile are caring way, and you have brought the lovely Sima into our lives to remind us always of the great light you shined on all of us. I love you and will miss you in this life. Beh Omid eh Didar.
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In loving memory of Hamid Sabeti who sadly passed away on 22nd November 2021.
Hamid was born on 29th November 1934 in Sangesar, Iran, the first child in a family of six. Despite his humble beginnings, he received the best education of his time and obtained his medical degree from the University of Tehran. He was the first doctor of medicine born in Sangesar, considered a village at the time. After completing his subspecialty training, and further education in England, he became a faculty member of the medical school and quickly climbed up the ladder of academia in Iran. He was always a compassionate, down to earth, and devoted doctor who treated his patients with the utmost care and attention.
He met Setareh, who was working as a nurse in the same hospital. They got married in 1969 in London and had two children: Sharareh (Shari) in 1972 and Amir Farhad in 1974 in Tehran. Following the revolution they moved to London, where Hamid was able to rebuild a career as an Ear Nose and Throat Consultant, working for a number of NHS hospitals in North London. Following Setareh's untimely death in 1988, Hamid single handedly brought up his two children who have gone on to enjoy academic success and good careers with his support, love and kindness. Hamid has four grandsons: Oskar, Max, Nicholas and James whom he cherished and who loved him back with the same warmth and vitality he showed them.
In 2006 Hamid was lucky enough to meet Sima, whom he married and lived in companionship, love and friendship with until he passed away with her by his side. Hamid loved his job and was reluctant to retire, working as long as he physically could and as long as the General Medical Council would let him. Eventually, he retired at the age of 80 but he kept active by going for walks, meeting friends and enjoying the company of his new found family: Shirin, Omid, and Sanam.
Hamid did not always have an easy life but he had a good and full one. He did not let a triple heart bypass in his forties defeat him. As a doctor, he knew how to look after himself; exercised, ate well and continued to live a physically, mentally and socially active life until his last days. He also continued to read his newspapers, medical journals and the poetry of Persia, particularly that of Hafiz which he knew by heart and would recite both to himself and others.
Hamid was full of kindness, empathy, generosity and warmth. There was never a moment when he wasn't joking about something, or teasing someone in the nicest possible way. He would have wanted us to celebrate him in that spirit. We will miss him terribly.