March 24, 2017 – It is with great sadness that we share the news that our beloved friend, cigar legend and talented music composer, Avo Uvezian, has peacefully passed away earlier today. This sad news comes almost immediately after celebrating his 91st Birthday this past Wednesday, March 22nd.
We recognize that Avo’s passing is a tremendous loss to our industry – he was enormously appreciated by all who had the pleasure to come into contact with him – consumers, retailers, manufacturers and acquaintances. Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO of Oettinger Davidoff, commented “Avo has been a huge personality across the globe and was part of the Davidoff family for over 30 years and we will sorely miss his passion, his personality and his wonderful talents as a cigar man and as a music man.” Jim Young, President Davidoff North America adds “Avo was incredibly energized by his engagement with the business and was constantly bringing new ideas to think about. An evening with Avo was always an unforgettable evening of great conversation, laughter and warmth. We shall miss him deeply.” Scott Kolesaire, who manages the marketing program for Avo and knows him extremely well, added: “up until the end, the daily phone calls and free-flowing ideas were part of our everyday conversations. Avo was my friend, a life mentor, and a person unlike any other. I will miss him dearly.”
On behalf of all of Oettinger Davidoff and Avo’s friends across the premium cigar industry, we extend
our sincere condolences to Avo’s family – his wife Nivia, daughter Karyn, sons Jeffrey, Robert and
Ronny and their families.