Obituary: Richard Martin ‘Dick’ Kazanjian Veteran, Active in Church, Community

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BURLINGTON, Mass. — Richard Martin “Dick” Kazanjian died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family and friends on February 29.

Born on September 8, 1935, in Stoneham, to John and Victoria (Derderian) Kazanjian, he spent his youth in Watertown and Medford.

After graduation from Tufts University in 1958, he proudly served as an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with service aboard ship and on land in several countries.

He and his family lived in Winchester for 52 years.

He leaves his wife of 57 years, Cynthia (Hintlian); son Rick of Chandler, AZ, daughter Andrea Krikorian and her husband Neil Krikorian, and his grandsons Vaughan and Cole Krikorian of Tyngsboro, Mass. He is also survived by brother-in-law Aram Hintlian and his wife Becky, sister-in-law Nancy Hintlian (Florida), and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces.

As the eldest of five children, he was predeceased by his brother John Kazanjian, and survived by remaining siblings, Barbara Purks, (California), and Robert and Edward Kazanjian (Florida).

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Devotion is a word which described Dick’s life, whether to his Church, his family, or the Community. He was a devoted member of the First Armenian Church of Belmont, serving as a past chairman of the Board of Trustees and Church Moderator for many years. After the 1988 Armenian Earthquake, he worked to raise money for the Armenian Children’s Milk Fund (Armenian Missionary Association).

He was active in the Winchester Community as a Capital Planning Board and Town Meeting member.

Dick was a dutiful Scottish Rite Mason after earlier reaching Master Councilor in the Medford DeMolay, and an Aleppo Shriner.

He was a past president of Medford Rotary and was recognized as a “Paul Harris Fellow” by Rotary International. He served as a Board Member of the Medford Co-operative Bank.

He will be remembered as a true friend, for his kind and generous nature as well as his superb BBQ skills on display at numerous First Armenian Church and Holy Trinity Armenian Church Bazaars, Men’s Clubs, and Sunday Family Dinners. He loved golf and played in many benefit golf outings. He adored his grandsons and was a ubiquitous presence at their sporting events and other activities, enjoying every minute of them.

Guests are kindly invited to visiting hours at The First Armenian Church, 380 Concord Avenue Belmont,  from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. Funeral Services are taking place at the First Armenian Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 6, with interment at Wildwood Cemetery, 34 Palmer Street, Winchester, MA, immediately following funeral services.

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