Efry Levy Azizoff contracted COVID-19 as the virus rapidly spread across Italy, passing away on March 30.

From a young age, Azizoff forged his own path. He declined his father’s offer to join the family carpet business and instead decided to become involved in the precious gems industry.

He was recorded to be the first Jewish child of Persian descent born in Milan.

Serving the community was his life’s passion.

During holidays and events, or when a member of his Noam synagogue was in need of anything, Azizoff was there to offer his assistance. The synagogue caters to the wider Sephardi population of Milan, and Azizoff served in key functions for many years, including terms as president and treasurer.

He was known widely as the man with “the warm smile,” a trait that will be remembered by all who knew him.

Azizoff is survived by his wife, Smira, and their five children.

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