Cano Ozgener, Founder of CAO Cigars, Passes Away


In 2014, Turk America magazine recognized Ozgener as one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Turkish Americans.” Cigar Aficionado also once named him as one of the top 50 “movers and shakers” in the cigar industry.

Ozgener passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Esen; children Tim Ozgener and Aylin Ozgener; sister Esperanz Minassian; grandchildren Aloe Franke, Sean Franke, Cano Evan Ozgener and Aidan Ozgener; daughter-in-law Arnita Ozgener; and son-in-law Scott Hethcox.

In lieu of flowers, the Ozgener family has requested donations be made to OZ Arts Nashville at

A celebration of Ozgener’s life will be held at OZ Arts Nashville on Sunday, June 24, at 3:14 p.m., in remembrance of Ozgener’s love for mathematics.

Photo courtesy of CAO Cigars/General Cigar Co.