Yeghishe Hajakian

Obituary: Yeghishe Hajakian, Longtime Member of Tekeyan

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TENAFLY, N.J. — Longtime member of the Tekeyan Cultural Association and an active member of the community Yeghishe Hajakian died on November 28.

He was born on February 4, 1940, in Beirut, Lebanon. He had two brothers, both deceased, and two sisters, one of whom lives in Kuwait and the other in Qatar.

He also is survived by many nieces and nephews.

He attended the AGBU Hovagimian Manougian Secondary School and graduated from Haigazian University in Beirut.
He left Beirut after college to teach English at Aramco in Saudi Arabia and shortly thereafter, met and married his wife, Maro Garoyan, in 1967. He had big dreams for his family in America and they arrived in New Jersey in 1969 with their baby daughter, Nina. He quickly found employment as an English teacher  in a public high school for one year and then pursued his dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

He owned his own successful business until he changed careers and joined Prudential Financial in 1992 where he worked until his passing.

He was involved in a number of Armenian organizations, including the AGBU, Knights of Vartan and the Tekeyan Cultural Association, with the active participation in the Mher Megerdichian Theatrical Group.

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He loved to write and contributed frequently to the Armenian press.

The Funeral was held on December 1 at St. Thomas Armenian Church. Tekeyan Central Board Secretary Hagop Vartivarian spoke at the memorial meal after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Tekeyan Cultural Association or St. Thomas Armenian Church.

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