Category: Obituary

Obituary: Rosalie V. Chorbajian, Longtime Capitol Hill Staffer

Obituary: Rosalie V. Chorbajian, Longtime Capitol Hill Staffer

WASHINGTON — Rosalie V. Chorbajian, 89, of Bowie, MD, a dedicated advocate for the Armenian community, passed away on March 19, surrounded by family. Born in Worcester, to Sarkis and Maritza (Babolian) Gazoorian, she graduated from North High School and Salter Secretarial School, both in Worcester. She worked for 36 years for the United States […]

Obituary: Hagop Arshagouni

Obituary: Hagop Arshagouni

LOS ANGELES — Hagop Arshagouni, husband of the late Marilyn Altoon Arshagouni and father of Robert, Mary (Papazian), Michael, and Paul Arshagouni, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, June 5. He was 85. Born in Piraeus, Greece in 1932 to Yeghia and Berjouhi (Tosjian) Arshagouni, originally of Sis (Kozan), Cilicia, he attended and graduated from the […]

Obituary: Norman Pashoian: Elegant Doorman at Boston Hotel for 66 Years

Obituary: Norman Pashoian: Elegant Doorman at Boston Hotel for 66 Years

By Bryan Marquard BOSTON (Boston Globe) — Soft-spoken and discreet, impeccably dressed on the job and off, Norman Pashoian opened the door of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel to politicians and powerbrokers, actors and musicians, Brahmins and those buoyed by fortunes of a more recent vintage. He greeted visitors for 66 years, steadfast at his post as the Ritz […]

Legendary Musician Chris Cornell Dies

Legendary Musician Chris Cornell Dies

DETROIT (Combined Sources) — As music fans everywhere mourn the sudden loss of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, his family is raising questions about the circumstances behind his death. Cornell, 52, was found dead On May 17 after a concert in Detroit. The Wayne County medical examiner’s office declared his death a suicide by hanging. The renowned, […]

Obituary: Al Nalbandian Star of Old-Time SF, Bit Player in Films, Departs City He Loved

Obituary: Al Nalbandian Star of Old-Time SF, Bit Player in Films, Departs City He Loved

By Carl Nolte SAN FRANCISCO (Chronicle) — It is not the big and famous things that give San Francisco its special flavor. It’s not the thousand-foot-tall buildings, or even the glorious Golden Gate Bridge. It’s the people, the San Franciscans, the man at the corner store, the lady who watches out for the neighborhood community garden, […]

Avo Uvezian: Sinatra Songwriter, Cigar Legend Dies at 91

Avo Uvezian: Sinatra Songwriter, Cigar Legend Dies at 91

By G. Clay Whittaker ORLANDO, Fla. (Men’s Journal) — Pianist and songwriter Avo Uvezian passed away on Friday, March 24, at 91, leaving behind over seven decades of musical history, and a legacy of cigars. He built a name for himself late in life as a jazz pianist who traveled the world playing with many of the greats, […]

John ‘Sib’ Hashian, Drummer for Boston, Dies

John ‘Sib’ Hashian, Drummer for Boston, Dies

BOSTON (Combined Sources) — Sib Hashian, a former member of the rock group Boston, died after collapsing onstage on March 22. Hashian’s wife, Suzanne, said the 67-year-old drummer collapsed while performing during the Legends of Rock Cruise. “It is with deep and profound sadness I share the news of my husband’s, John ‘Sib’ Hashian, sudden […]

Banking Titan Ira Stepanian Dies

Banking Titan Ira Stepanian Dies

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — Ira Stepanian died suddenly on February 13. He is survived by the family he loved — his wife Jacquie, his son Philip, daughter Alisa, son Steven and his wife Kate, and his three granddaughters: Sophie, Charlotte and Elizabeth. Born in 1936 in Cambridge, Mass. to Armenian immigrant parents, Stepanian graduated from Somerville […]