WATERTOWN — Fr. Dajad Davidian, the former pastor of St. James Armenian Church, died on July 14. He was 84.
He had served the church from 1969 to 1999 and was succeeded by Rev. Arakel Aljalian.
Aljalian, speaking on Monday, July 16, remembered him as a larger-than-life personality, as well as mentor and cheerleader for the church.
“Der Dajad was a unique individual in the Armenian Church. He was dedicated, charismatic and connected with people. People loved him and he loved people,” he said. “I witnessed it and I believe in it.”
“He was a good mentor to many fellow members of the clergy, including myself,” he recalled. “He served our parish and made a big difference in the lives of thousands of parishioners” during the 30 years he served as pastor of St. James.
“We will definitely miss him and Watertown will miss him. Watertown or St. James would not be the same without him. Everybody respected him,” Aljalian said.