Hamayak Setrakian, Montreal Activist, Dies


MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada — Hamayak Setrakian died on June 18.

He was born in Yozgat, Turkey on March 22, 1918 to parents who survived the Armenian Genocide. The family later moved to Istanbul and shortly thereafter they moved to Beirut, Lebanon.

He was a staunch supporter of the activities of the (Armenian General Benevolent Union) AGBU. In Lebanon he was an active member of AGBU’s Armenian Youth Association (Hay Yeridasartats Ungeragtsoutiun) and participated in scout, sports and cultural activities.

He was a man of great humor and optimism who would share humerous anecdotes froom his life. He was a family man who gave the best education available to his sons.
He and his wife Arminee (Ateshian), moved to Montreal in 1988, where they frequently attended community functions and enjoyed social gatherings with friends and family members.

He leaves three sons: Vahe (an engineer), Berge (now an attorney and international president of the AGBU) and Sebouh (a medical specialist); six grandchildren (Ani, Lara, Aida, Saro, Raffi and Lisa) and one great-grandchild, Marc.

Hemayak Setrakian was the brother of the late Haig, Hratch and Makruhi.
The funeral was held at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral of Montreal on June 21, with the participation of the Primate of the Armenian Church of Canada Archbishop Bagrat Galstanian and Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the US. Interment was in the Cote des Neiges cemetery.

After the funeral, a memorial meal was held at the Marie Manoogian hall of the church. Eulogies were said by his son, Dr. Sebouh Setrakian, granddaughters Lara and Silva, grandson Saro and AGBU Montreal Chapter Chairman Armen Bechakjian.

— Dr. Haroutiun Arzoumanian