Armenian singer, songwriter, and cigar mogul Avo Uvezian passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at his home in Orlando, FL. He was 91.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Uvezian moved to New York City in 1947, and began a long musical career. However, Avo Uvezian made his name when he launched Avo cigars in 1988 after a distribution deal with Davidoff.
According to Cigar Afficianado, “Known in the cigar industry for his Avo brands and his sharp sense of style, Uvezian was long a vivacious part of the cigar industry, touring in support of his cigars even at 90 years old. A showman and cigar lover, it wasn’t uncommon to see Uvezian play piano at a cigar event while puffing on one of his cigars and waxing poetic about the joys of smoking.”
Avo Uvezian is survived by his wife, Nivia, his sons Robert, Jeffrey and Ronnie, and his daughter Karyn.
As Florida Armenians prepare to celebrate Christmas on January 6th, the following programs will take place across Florida:
St. David Armenian Church of Boca Raton will hold Armenian Christmas Eve Divine Liturgy on Thursday, January 5th at 6:30pm, and Armenian Christmas Day Divine Liturgy on Friday, January 6th at 10:30am.
The Armenian Church of Southwest Florida (ACSWFL) will observe Armenian Christmas on Sunday, January 8th at 1:30pm. A Badarak Service and Armenian Christmas Dinner with V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3901 Davis Blvd., Naples, FL 34104.
St. Hagop Armenian Church will hold Armenian Christmas Eve Service on Thursday, January 5th at 6:30 pm. Armenian Christmas will be observed on Sunday, January 8th.