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Ali Shams

April 22, 1937 –
 January 24, 2022

Obituary

Dr. Ali Shams passed away peacefully on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Ali was born on April 22, 1937 in Tehran, Iran. There, he excelled in academics and discovered his profound passion for world literature and poetry. His elegant recitations of classic Persian poems never failed to captivate his audience.

Dr. Shams began his medical career in 1961, graduating from Tehran University of Medical Sciences with high honors. He then left Tehran to pursue his Pediatric Residency at Johns Hopkins in the United States before receiving his specialization in Pediatric Cardiology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. An avid reader, Ali would continue to further his medical education throughout his career. Known for his exceptional generosity with house calls and phone calls at any hour, he was a devoted and extremely respected doctor, giving freely to those in need. His dedication and integrity were known to many families throughout his life.

As some of the very first Iranian Americans, Dr. Shams and his supportive and loving wife, Farkhondeh, were the nucleus of the fast-growing Persian communities in both Canada and the United States. In recent years, Dr. Shams enjoyed traveling with his devoted family and friends. He also loved political satire on late night TV and was known for his witty sense of humor.

He will be missed by his wife Farkhondeh, his children Desiree, Ashley and Ryan, his grandchildren Claudia, Alex, Sam and Kay, and his son-in-law Tom and daughter-in-law Loretta.

A Celebration of Life honoring Dr. Shams will be announced late Spring 2022.

Donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital can be made in his name.

51 Thoughts on Ali Shams
    Haleh , Houtan Toofanian
    27 Jan 2022
    8:50pm

    Our community has lost a fine caring human being. He will be missed. May he R.I.P.

    P. Najafi.M.D.
    27 Jan 2022
    8:54pm

    I knew Dr.Shams since 1986. He was my daughter’s pediatrician.He was very respectful, kind, professional and passionate physician. I dearly loved his personality and calm manner.
    He will be missed by so many families in Persian community.
    To his families and close friends; Please accept our deepest condolences.
    Rest In Peace, Dr.shams

    sousan &Behrouz Souri
    27 Jan 2022
    9:20pm

    Dear Farkhondeh joon and Shams’s family please accept our condolences. We loved him and hope that he rest in peace. We keep all you in our prayers
    Sousan and Behrouz Souri

    Hooshang Adhamy
    27 Jan 2022
    11:51pm

    My condolences to Mrs. Shams, his children and grand children. We all lost a great man with extreme sense of humanity, humbleness and loved to help everyone, especially kids.
    Rest his soul in peace!

    28 Jan 2022
    7:15am

    We lost a beautiful soul. He is going to be always in our heart. Our condolences to his dear family!

    Zoya Shahkarami
    28 Jan 2022
    7:38am

    We lost a beautiful soul. He is always going to be in our hearts. Our condolences to Farkhondeh joon and the rest of the family. God bless his soul!

    Shabnam Khatami
    28 Jan 2022
    9:15am

    Dear Farkhondeh joon, Susie, Ashley, Ryan and the rest of the family – We have truly lost a wonderful man who dedicated his life to others and was exceptionally kind and caring. Thinking of you and sending my deepest condolences.
    Love, Shabnam Khatami

    Marjan Sadoogh
    28 Jan 2022
    10:39am

    Our deepest condolences to entire family, we truly lost a wonderful man in our community, He will always stay in our heart

    Zadeh’s family
    28 Jan 2022
    11:13am

    Please accept our deepest condolences. He was one of the most respected friends and physicians in our community. We miss him deeply . Zadeh family

    Zadeh’s family
    28 Jan 2022
    11:18am

    Please accept our deepest condolences. He was one of the most respected friends and physicians in our community. We miss him deeply.

    Pouran Borders
    28 Jan 2022
    1:37pm

    This is a sad time . My condolences to all family . He was a wonderful man . This is a big lost. He will be missed.

    Manoochehr and Afarin Khatami
    28 Jan 2022
    1:47pm

    Dear Farkhondeh and family,
    Manoochehr and I are so saddened from Dr. Shams passing. It’s been an honor knowing him for 40 years. He has always been kind, generous and loving with family, friends and his little patients. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Sincerest condolences

    Manoochehr and Afarin Khatami
    28 Jan 2022
    1:49pm

    Dear Farkhondeh and family,
    Manoochehr and I are so saddened from Dr. Shams passing. It’s been an honor knowing him for 40 years. He has always been kind, generous and loving with family, friends and his little patients. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Sincerest condolences

    Reza Esmaili
    28 Jan 2022
    6:26pm

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Shams. He was a great man and excellent doctor. We are grateful for the care he provided to our family. He will be missed by all.
    – Reza, Sonya, Nader, Aria and Tala Esmaili

    Yassmine & Alireza Daryan
    28 Jan 2022
    7:03pm

    Dear Farkhondeh, Susie, Ashley, Ryan and Thom So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you and the entire family. Dr Shams was very kind and caring man. We will cherish his memories forever. You are all in our thought and prayers.

    Lili Ferdows
    28 Jan 2022
    7:04pm

    In loving memory of our dear friend and a very special Doctor of our children.
    He really was like a father to our kids, his affection towards them was one of the elements that warms our hearts .
    I never feared of any illnesses as long as he was my kids pediatrician!
    He will be sorely missed , and may God bless his soul.

    Morteza Akhavan
    28 Jan 2022
    9:39pm

    My deepest Condolences for the passing of a such a great man. I hope we will have more of the same manner and unselfishness in our society.
    We will miss you so much Dear Doctor Shams. We love you for ever.
    Morteza Akhavan

    Shahrfar ilami
    28 Jan 2022
    9:58pm

    Dear Farkhondeh my deepest condolences to you and your family .
    you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Dr.shams

    Sarah and Sasha Nouri
    28 Jan 2022
    10:28pm

    Please accept our sincerest condolences. We have such fond memories and deep appreciation of Dr. Shams as our pediatrician and friend. Our hearts are with you.

    Nahid and Masoud Mirbagheri
    28 Jan 2022
    10:59pm

    Our deepest condolences to the entire Shams family on the loss of Dr. Shams. He was always such a kind and wonderful doctor and friend and we are very saddened by his passing. We are thinking of the entire family and sending our prayers. Roohesh shaad.

    Sonya Mirbagheri Cheney
    28 Jan 2022
    11:04pm

    Dr. Shams was always so kind and I will never forget this gentle nature and smile. I have fond memories of him from my years growing up in Dallas and I was so sad to hear of this loss for our entire community. Sending my deepest sympathies to Farkhondeh joon, Ryan, Susie, Ashley and all his grandkids.

    Mehrdad Mazaheri
    29 Jan 2022
    8:26am

    I met Dr. Shams over 20 years ago, and immediately I knew he was one of the role models for our community. He was always kind and generous; he worked in a field of medicine that genuinely kindest souls will choose as a career. He is what I call a super doctor, because he had extra training in his field and never looked at medicine as a job but as a way of life. I always let him know of my admiration for him. My condolences to his family and friends, great souls such as Dr. Shams, leave a mark in our minds forever and show us how to be a better person that will be passed on for generations.

    Mehrnoush Masoudi
    29 Jan 2022
    9:20am

    Our sincere condolences to the Shams family. My son Kasra had the privilege of having Dr. Shams as his pediatrician for the first year of his life and then we moved to San Diego. The toughest part of the move was the fact that Dr Shams was simply irreplaceable. There’s is a special place in my heart for Dr. Shams. He was kind, loving, patient, caring, knowledgeable and always there to answer your calls. He was truly exceptional. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

    Masssood & Froozandeh Nouri
    29 Jan 2022
    9:52am

    Our most sincere condolences to the Shams family. No words can describe how sorry we are for your loss.
    What a great man and Dr.!! He really made a difference in so many lives. Dr. Shams will be greatly missed but his warmth, kindness, and gentle spirit will be remembered forever.

    Zohreh Dehghan Rangel
    29 Jan 2022
    10:21am

    I am honored and blessed to have known Dr. Shams. He was truly a blessing in my children life. His kindness, generosity and positive involvement in community remind us legacy he left behind. My condolences to you Farkhondeh joon and your family.

    Zohreh Dehghan Rangel
    29 Jan 2022
    10:25am

    I am honored and blessed to have known
    Dr. Shams. He was truly a blessing in my
    children life. His kindness, generosity
    and positive involvement in community
    remind us legacy he left behind. My
    condolences to you Farkhondeh joon and
    your family.

    29 Jan 2022
    12:01pm

    It is with great sadness that we offer our condolences to the Shams family. We lost an icon in Iranian community of DFW Area. My god bless his soul and provide comfort to his family.

    Reza and Kathy Khalafi

    Gilani family
    29 Jan 2022
    1:55pm

    Our deepest condolences to shams family..
    Iranian community has lost a wonderful caring doctor and a good friend.
    He is going to be missed but for sure going to be in our heart and thoughts always.

    Gilani family
    29 Jan 2022
    2:02pm

    Our deepest condolences to shams family..
    Iranian community has lost a wonderful and caring doctor and a good friend.we all going to cherish his memories and his friendship.

    Arian Khoshgowari
    29 Jan 2022
    2:27pm

    My deepest condolences to the Shams family. I always remember him with fond memories as a wonderful and compassionate pediatrician. We will miss you dearly, Dr. Shams.

    Reza and Kathy khalafi
    29 Jan 2022
    2:31pm

    It is with deepest sadness that we offer our condolences to the Shams family. We lost an icon in the DFW area. May god have mercy on his soul and grant patience to his family.

    Ali & Shideh Khoshgowari
    29 Jan 2022
    3:34pm

    Someone as special as Dr shams will never be forgotten. He will remain in our hearts forever. Our condolences to his family!

    Fereshteh and Yahya Alayari
    29 Jan 2022
    7:35pm

    Dear Farkhondeh, Susie, Ashley and Ryan,
    Words cannot describe how sad we are for losing our beloved Dr. Shams. He will forever be in our heart and we feel so lucky to have known him as a close friend, a wonderful neighbor and the bed pedestrian for our daughters.,
    Remembering all the wonderful times we spent together and sending you love during this difficult time ❤️

    Fereshteh and Yahya
    29 Jan 2022
    7:37pm

    Dear Farkhondeh, Susie, Ashley and Ryan, Words cannot describe how sad we are for losing our beloved Dr. Shams. He will forever be in our heart and we feel so lucky to have known him as a close friend, a wonderful neighbor and the best pedestrian for our daughters., Remembering all the wonderful times we spent together and sending you love during this difficult time ❤️

    Fereshteh and Yahya
    29 Jan 2022
    7:38pm

    Dear Farkhondeh, Susie, Ashley and Ryan, Words cannot describe how sad we are for losing our beloved Dr. Shams. He will forever be in our heart and we feel so lucky to have known him as a close friend, a wonderful neighbor and the best pedestrian for our daughters., Remembering all the wonderful times we spent together and sending you love during this difficult time ❤️

    Fereshteh and Yahya Alayari
    29 Jan 2022
    7:42pm

    Dear Farkhondeh, Susie, Ashley and Ryan, Words cannot describe how sad we are for losing our beloved Dr. Shams. He will forever be in our heart and we feel so lucky to have known him as a close friend, a wonderful neighbor and the best pedestrian for our daughters., Remembering all the wonderful times we spent together and sending you love during this difficult time ❤️

    Shohreh snd Behrouz Masrour
    30 Jan 2022
    9:45pm

    We are honored to have known such a wonderful, kind, respectable, and caring man. He will be deeply missed. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

    Judy Rafie
    30 Jan 2022
    10:54pm

    We are heartbroken and deeply saddened to hear of Dr Shams’ passing. He was such a kind, gentle soul. We were very blessed to have him as the family physician for all 9 Rafie grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
    Masoud. Judy, Ryan, Luke & Connor

    Chanel Rafie & Rafie Family
    30 Jan 2022
    10:57pm

    Our sincerest condolences to the Shams Family. Dr. Shams was my pediatrician since birth and was also the pediatrician for my 2 brothers and 6 cousins. We all loved him so much. I went to him even throughout college and didn’t want to change to a new doctor. He will be missed by the entire community and will never be forgotten.

    Gita and Saied Rafie
    30 Jan 2022
    11:02pm

    Our deepest condolences to entire family, Dr shams was an amazing doctor to our boys but more importantly he was an an amazing human , never got upset from late night calls ,always answered our calls. He was kind, gentle and caring he will be truly missed,
    Gita , Saied , Dara and Darian Rafie

    Niloufar and Nasser Momtaheni
    31 Jan 2022
    11:10am

    Niloufar and I are very saddened with the passing of Dr. Shams. We have known Dr. Shams for so many years and not seeing him around any longer is a great pain that we all have to tolerate. Our sincere and deepest condolences to the Shams family. May his soul rest in peace

    Ateen Khakpour
    31 Jan 2022
    4:27pm

    I’m very saddened to hear about the loss of Dr. Shams. He made a difference in so many lives, including my own. I’m grateful to have been under his care as a child and will forever remember his kindness. My most sincere condolences to his family.

    Ali and kimia Esmaili
    1 Feb 2022
    7:18am

    Our deepest condolences to entire shams family. Dr Shams was pediatrician to all my three children Aryana, Alexander,Camelia
    We truly lost a great,kind,gentle and caring soul. He will be truly missed . May his soul Rest In Peace.
    Ali,kimia,Aryana,Alexander,Camelia Esmaili

    Hossaini Family
    1 Feb 2022
    7:51pm

    Dr. Shams was an amazing pediatrician and such a sweet soul. A really good man. May he Rest In Peace. Thankful he lived a long life.

    Mansour and Afsaneh Khakpour
    1 Feb 2022
    8:25pm

    We are saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Shams. We placed the care and well-being of our children in the hands of Dr. Shams and what a blessing he was in their lives and ours. He was a pillar of our community and his legacy will live on forever. He will be sorely missed. Sending all our love to his family.

    Mike and Susan Tabaee
    2 Feb 2022
    4:39pm

    Farkhondeh,
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our hearts ache for your loss. He was such a beautiful and kind man. May he rest in peace.
    Mike and Susan Tabaee

    Ladan Shaygan
    2 Feb 2022
    9:24pm

    RIP to the best doctor I ever had. He was my pediatrician and the most beautiful soul in the world. I don’t know anyone or any doctor that was as kind, brilliant or positive as him. I loved him so much. I would have a fever or I would be sick and he always made me feel better. He just had the best energy and wisdom and intelligence. He was the most amazing doctor and I will forever hold my memories of him in my heart. Rest In Peace Dr Shams!

    Zohreh Malek Salehoun
    3 Feb 2022
    3:06pm

    Please accept my deepest condolences.
    He was one of the most respected friend and physician in our community.
    Rest in pease.

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    Zohreh Malek Salehoun
    3 Feb 2022
    3:08pm

    Please accept my deepest condolences.
    He was one of the most respected friend and physician in our community.
    Rest in pease.

    Zohreh Malek Salehoun
    3 Feb 2022
    3:09pm

    My deepest condolences.
    He was one of the most respected friend and physician in our community.
    Rest in pease.

    Diane Johnson
    5 Jul 2022
    12:07pm

    I am sadden to hear of Dr. Shams’ passing. He was an excellent pediatrician to my three children. My oldest had autoimmune issues with Hashimotos and Dr. Shams was truly was the only one that understood her issues. Dr. Shams was truly a gifted doctor. I feel blessed that he was my children’s pediatrician.
    My sincerest sympathies and condolences to Dr. Sham’s family.

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