WYNNEWOOD, Penn. – Antoine S. Bazarbashian passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 23.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, to Hester and Sarkis Bazarbashian, Antoine came to the United States in 1960. His career as a lithographer began shortly after he immigrated, and he was very passionate about his work. Antoine was a devoted father and husband. His family was his pride and joy in life. Antoine was well known for his quick wit and comedic timing.
He was a dedicated advocate of the Armenian community in Philadelphia, as well as across the United States and Canada. He was the former chairman of the Philadelphia chapter of the Tekeyan Cultural Association, member of the Central Board of Directors of the Tekeyan Cultural Association of the United States and Canada, Executive Committee member of the Philadelphia chapter of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, and a passionate member of the District Committee of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party of the Eastern United States and Canada. Antoine was an active parishioner of St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church for many years and a member of the Knights of Vartan.
In 2015, Antoine was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Central Board of the Tekeyan Cultural Association for his lifelong service. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the Armenian community in Philadelphia and throughout the world.
Antoine is survived by his wife Rose (Yessayan), sons Armen (Bridget) and Vicken. His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 26 at St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Viewing is one hour prior to the service in the church and interment will be at Arlington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church, the Tekeyan Cultural Association, or the Armenian Sisters Academy. All donations should be mailed directly to the specific organizations.