Although Carr hadn’t lived in Kyiv for a few years, his recent passing has been felt by many in the community here. He was one of life’s real characters, a cobbler from Leeds, a biker covered in tattoos (some spelt incorrectly). He met a girl from Ukraine, they fell in love, and the rest is history. However, in Sean’s case, that girl, Zhenya, was none other than the daughter of former Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.
The story goes that Carr wasn’t told who his soon-to-be mother-in-law was until about 30 seconds before they were introduced. Regardless of the shoulders he was now rubbing with, he stayed exactly who he was. He rode bikes (sometimes illegally) and he sang in his band the Death Valley Screamers – who were not very good. But they did once make a video with the guys from American Chopper.
Always ready to sit and have a chat with anyone, Carr became a restaurateur in Kyiv, where he and Zhenya opened Ciro’s Italian eatery. His marriage to Zhenya wasn’t to last – they divorced in 2012. Carr died from internal bleeding and complication with his esophagus in a hospital in Prague on 8 January with his daughter by his side. RIP Sean, thanks for everything.
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