By Mike Sprague
WHITTIER, Calif. (Whittier Daily News) — Michael Minasian, who helped build the Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument in Montebello and was involved in the founding of the Armenian Mesrobian School, died on January 17 after a battle with cancer. He was 85.
Memorial services for Minasian, who was from Montebello, will be held on Saturday, January 28, at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral, 900 W. Lincoln Ave. in Montebello. Burial and a graveside service will follow at Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, after which a memorial luncheon will be hosted at the Bagramian Hall adjacent to Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral.
“He was a spirited man with a lot of character and his passing is not only a loss to his family but a loss to the community,” said Montebello Councilman Jack Hadjinian.
Hadjinian said Minasian was an important member of the local Armenian community.
“To his family, he was a family man,” he said. “To the community he was a leader and to all those who are involved in the pursuit of justice for the Armenian community, he’s a special person.”