Obituary of Aziz Omer Goksel
Aziz Omer Goksel passed away February 15, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey.
He is survived by his mother, Selma; sister, Asli; son, Selim (Rosanna Schura); granddaughters, Greta and Aylin Goksel; daughter, Suna; nephew, Yusuf Pirhasan; niece, Emine Pirhasan; several cousins, Ertegun and Goksel; and his life partner, Donna Kuzio.
He was buried in the Garden of Ozbekler Tekkesi in Sultantepe, Uskudar, near his great grandfather, Ibrahim Edhem Efendi; grandfather, Munir Ertegun; and uncles, Nesuhi and Ahmet Ertegun. Ibrahim Edhem Efendi was once the Sheikh of the Tekke. Munir Ertegun was a Turkish legal counsel in international law to the “Sublime Porte” of the late Ottoman Empire and a diplomat of the Republic of Turkey during its early years. Munir served as Ambassador to several countries, his last post being Washington, DC. Aziz’s uncles, Nesuhi Ertegun and Ahmet Ertegun are two of the founders of Atlantic Records and became iconic figures in the American music industry.
He was also predeceased by his father, Professor Dr. Husnu Goksel, one of the key doctors who brought modern medicine to Turkey.
Aziz was gifted, he could talk easily with a physics professor or the building janitor showing an equal respect for both. He was well liked and had many friends all over the world. Aziz worked in A & R at Atlantic Records in NYC. He was also a pianist, composer and arranger of music. He received a Grammy in 1986 for Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Best Historical Album, 1947-1974 volumes 1-7. He received a Gold Record for his participation in the Inner Circle Bad Boys Album. He was a member of the Masterworks Chorale and St. Daniel’s choir. He graduated from SUNY Oswego after his retirement. He was also a member of the Transpersonal Psychology Association of Syracuse.
Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.