It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alireza Mehrabian, of Vienna, VA. Ali passed away at home at 11:40pm on Thursday, January 31st, 2019, after a three-and-a-half-year battle with kidney cancer. In his last days, he was surrounded by the love and support of so many friends and family.
Ali was born in Tehran, Iran, to Monireh and Reza Mehrabian. At the age of seven his family moved to Tysons, VA where he grew up and attended Stenwood Elementary School, Kilmer Middle School and McLean High School. He went on to graduate from Virginia Tech with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering. After 9 years at Wireless Facilities Inc (WFI), Ali and business partner Christa Rickard started their successful company Claro Consulting, providing strategic data analysis services to the wireless and wire line telecommunications industries while establishing many enduring business relationships and friendships over the last 15 years.
Ali was a genuinely kind and caring husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed sand and indoor volleyball, golf, and XBL bowling, hiking Skyline Drive in the Fall, video gaming with friends and watching hockey, baseball and football. As a huge Caps fan, he was thrilled to celebrate the Washington Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup win. With good friends in California, Ali developed a love of wine and enjoyed cooking and grilling. He was a fount of movie, tv and music quotes. He was smart, spirited, funny and generous. Although his time was cut too short, all who knew him experienced his limitless love and friendship. He battled his rare cancer with steady courage and quiet perseverance, rewarding loved ones with precious additional time with him. He will be missed dearly.
Ali is survived by his wife, Melissa Ford and beloved dog, Rosco; parents, Monireh and Reza Mehrabian; sister, Nilo Mehrabian and brother-in-law, Bezhad Erfani; niece, Sara Erfani and nephew, Kasra Erfani, as well as extended family and countless friends across the country.
A celebration of Ali’s life will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2019, tribute service beginning at 2:00pm with reception immediately following. Location: Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, International Ballroom A, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Cancer Research Fund at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, where Dr. Michael Atkins and his team provided so much expertise, comfort and hope on Ali’s final journey. Gifts will support ongoing research for new treatments for clear cell and non-clear cell kidney cancer.