HARTSDALE, N.Y. – George Jamgochian, of Greenburgh, died Thursday, June 16. He was 91.
He was born Jan. 29, 1925, in Highland Park, Mich., to Mike and Ann Jamgochian, who were survivors of the Armenian Genocide. He grew up in Lincoln Park, Mich.
He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II from July 1943 to February 1946 and received the Philippine Liberation Medal with two stars, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal with three stars and the Victory Medal. He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Lawrence Institute of Technology in 1952. He received his MBA from Adelphi University in 1971.
He married Rose Azarian in 1954 in Detroit, and moved to Elmont to raise their children. They were members of the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs in Bayside. He was a member of the men's club and the Knights of Vartan. He loved jazz and Big Band swing music. He played the saxophone and clarinet and attended music classes at the Westchester Music Conservatory. He loved watching sporting events and Armenian history, culture and language, and visited Armenia with his wife in 2005. They moved to Hartsdale in 1996, and became members of the St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church in White Plains.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rose; three children, George B. Jamgochian and his wife, Kim, Karen Turrisi and her husband, Larry, and Lynn Aslanian and her husband, Rich; eight grandchildren, Lauren, Marielle, Lily, Michael, Vanessa, George, Brian and Lia; niece, Nancy Haff; and nephew, Mark Matulich.
He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Alice, and her husband, Mack Matulich.
A wake will take place from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church, 1131 North St., White Plains. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial services will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, 130-04 Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church or St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.