Col. Victor V. Arzoomanian Obituary


Col. Victor Arzoomanian

Col. Victor Arzoomanian

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Colonel Victor V. Arzoomanian died at his home on June 13, at the age of 93. He had been a resident of Hackensack for 63 years.

“The Colonel,” as he was fondly known, began his career in the Army as a private, serving in the South Pacific during WWII. After the war, he rejoined the New Jersey National Guard and advanced to Colonel.

Upon his retirement from the Army he became the executive director of the Armenian Church Endowment Fund of the Eastern Diocese and assisted in its growth from $1.5 million to more than $40 million.

Prior to being an active member of St. Leon Armenian Church, he had served in many capacities at St. Thomas Armenian Church in Tenafly — Parish Council, bazaar, and picnic chairman, Men’s Club and Church Bowling League. In addition, he was master of ceremonies for many events pleasing crowds with his infectious sense of humor.

He was also a member of St. David Church of Boca Raton.

He played an active, lifelong role in the Knights of Vartan. It was on the strength of his leadership of these organizations that he was responsible for erecting an Armenian Genocide monument in his town of Hackensack.

He was predeceased by his wife Alice. He leaves his children Janet Davidian and her husband Bob, Edward Arzoomanian, Karen Garcia and her husband Carlos, and Nancy Gilbert and her husband Dennis. He was a proud grandfather to Robert and Gregory Davidian, Jennifer Sorenson and husband Chris, Michael and Lauren Garcia, and Daniel and William Gilbert. He was also great-grandfather to Rya Sorenson.

The funeral service was at St. Leon Armenian Church on Wednesday, June 17, with interment at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Leon’s Armenian Church in Fair Lawn.