In Memoriam — Ely Besalel

Ely Besalel, resident of Greenville South Carolina, formerly of Hallandale Beach and New York, NY, passed away on March 27, 2017. He is survived by three children and five grandchildren. Ely was 79 years old.

Adolescent Ely Outside Ocean Parkway Ely April 1966 Ocean Parkway apartment Ely walking with Stella Ely blowing bubbles from balcony
Could be playing backgammon here Sitting in his living room From Sami & Fran's wedding July 1990 Styling with a lid Dining with Patricia

Ely M. Besalel, a renowned graphic artist, Jazz aficionado, and epicurean, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2017 at his home in the Brookdale Greenville Assisted Living Facility in Greer, South Carolina, where he lived for the last six months of his life. He was 79 years old.

Ely was the loving father of Lisa, Sari and Sami, and the cherished grandfather of Quinn, Maksheyfe, Anya, Tova, and Davy. He was cherished by his niece Stella and by many nieces and nephews in the US, Colombia, and Israel.

Ely had lived in Hallandale Beach and Hollywood, Florida for his last decades, where the temperature evenly matched his temperament. Before that, Ely dwelt in an enviable lower East side Manhattan apartment for many years, where he made his mark as a formidable backgammon player and a highly accomplished graphic artist. Besalel focused largely on the design of musical album covers. He achieved countless awards for his acumen, artistic eye, originality, and individuality in the field of graphic design, combining illustration, photography, custom typography, lighting, and composition to great effect. He pioneered visual effects that were so breathtaking and original that at least one was subsequently stolen (well, adapted) as an Adobe Photoshop filter (the Emboss feature). A small tribute website of his work can still be viewed at

Ely loved a good French bread.

Ely struggled with Alzheimer's in his last years, but found peace in the love of his family and of a life well-lived.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Beth David Memorial Gardens in Hollywood, Florida, where he is laid to rest.

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