Otar Abdushelishvili - The man who has occupied one of the prominent places in among brilliant patriots

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Friday, 16 July 2021 11:42

The history of our country counts the whole breadth of state and public figures, real heroes, thinkers or just decent human beings. Otar Abdushelishvili is among such prominent ones. The freedom-loving man who could not be the follower of the totalitarian age, regime propaganda and ideology in the common narrative of the Soviet Union. The person who lived with audacity and pride, patriotism, intellectual analysis and acted with high citizenship goal with the view of loving his motherland. The person who, even in those hopeless 90ies never gave up and adapt to the chaotic rules. He loved with gratitude and lived in a way which would have been desirable for God.  

Mr. Abdushelishvili, as the man living his life with dignity, tremendous love towards his family, was distinguished with his personal relations as well. High moral traditions, calm and balanced nature with noble manly behavior were deeply rooted in his personality.

Without exaggeration I would like to note that it is impossible to get familiarized with his life and not feel how special he was. He had his goals and knew that he would have to achieve them. He was the source of great motivation, a progressive, purposeful and uncompromising manager. The patriot of his country always praying for it, the distinguished public figure who occupies one of the prominent places among brilliant fellow countrymen. 

Otar Abdushelishvili was born on September 21, 1941 in the family of a teacher. He spent his youth in the oldest part of his country. In 1958 he successfully finished secondary school N 5 in Poty and in the same year started studying at the Poty port repair workshop first as an apprentice and then as an electric-metal worker. In 1959 he started studying at the Politechnic Institute of Georgia which he graduated with the specialism of chemical technology of plastic masses. Then he worked for one year at Poty large-scale bakery as a technologist and in 1966 his maritime life starts.  He became the master of Poty Ocean Fishery division fish fleet production on long-distance ships and then moved to the position of the assistant of the ship captain for demonstrating hard work and special skills in the field of fishing. From 1986 he was approinted as the head of the department of fish processing and selling of the same division and in parallel manner fulfilled the duties of the head of fish production on fish-catching ships. He has been granted numerous awards and gratitude dimplomas for efficient management of the fish catching process.   

The most active years of his activities start from 1971 when he was moved to Tbilisi at the position of the engineer of the division of ocean fish catching of the Georgian Socialist Republic. In the same year he was enrolled in the Astrakhan technical institute of industry and economy and finished its faculty of technology of fish products in 1975. In the process of workihg he has been granted state awards for successfully meeting the objectives of the state plan of fish production and efficient organization of the production process. Since 1975 he has been appointed as the head of production division of the same department. He was granted gratitude for efficient organization of the operation of the workshop of Poty fish factory, which significantly improved meeting the objectives of the fishing season.

Since 1975 he was transferred to Tbilisi and appointed as the director of the fourth refrigerator where he demonstrated efficient skills of the manager and entrepreneur in various fields.

Then ministry of trade of Georgia granted numerous certificates of gratitudes to him for efficient management. He achieved  a lot of success in the field of effective organization of the system of civil protection of production. He was given gratitude by the civil defence management annually for achieved success and maintaining good condition of the sites of the civil defence system, their constant readiness for urgent situations, providing workers with protection means, storing chemical substances in shelters accordingly well and providing high quality work, exemplary discipline and fulfilling the general plan well.    

In 1975 he was transferred to the position of the managing deputy head  - chief engineer of the “Georgian Fish Production and Selling” union of the Soviet Republic of Georgia where he worked until 1992. He demonstrated his top management skills here as well. It was under his supervision that fish storing refrigerators for tinned food  were constructed in various regional centres of Georgia. He was the initiator of many innovations in technical processes. As a result of famous events of 1992 the division was reorganized, sites changed into joint-stock companies and, as a result, he resigned.    

In 1985 he went through numeous courses at the management institute of state people’s economy of Georgia and prepared work on modern management methods in production organizations in terms of planning and organizing modern management methods using economic-mathematical methods and computer science.

In 1994 the “Saktevzi” concern was established and he was elected as its president. Later on, this service was reorganized and Otari was transferred to the newly-created fish economy department as the head of the fish economy department where he worked until 2002.

For the significant contribution to the field he was awarded with the Order of Honor in 2002 after which he stepped down from the position and spent the rest of the period in his beloved village of Gorisa in Sachkhere region where he maintained agricultural activities.

When people like Otar Abdushelishvili pass away to rest in peace, the universe gets devastated for a while and this very moment  gets fixed in our memory as the true one which helps us to recall personal relations in which joy and pain are of equal value. Afterwards, everything gets back to normal, the world which is much more massive than all of us, suddenly gets filled up and continues to exist.  

Sometimes, in relations both sides simply consider that they have obigations towards one another. However, this is the lucky case when I am proud that I knew the person who was indeed distinguished with his joyful nature, internal culture, tact, elevated thought and brilliant intellect.

Today is the day to commemorate Otar Abdushelishvili. He was unmatched with his way of life – similar to Pavarotti in the field of culture and I urge everyone to light candles for him.  A real state and public figure, a husband, an uncle, a grandfather, a brother, a real professional, an elderly friend and just a decent human being has passed away to rest in peace. We will all miss his wise pieces of advice and positive atmosphere. May him rest in peace.

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