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1939 - 2018
George Barzakian was born in Rehaniye, Turkey, to parents Ohannes and Nazira. When he was two years old, he lost his father. He was the youngest of four siblings. The family immigrated to Aleppo, Syria where he lived most of his life. He married his first wife, Seta Khorasanian, in 1967 and God granted them four children Nora, Maral, Hovig, and Taline. He was an active member of the Assyrian Evangelical Church in Aleppo, where he served as a board member and a treasurer for many years. He loved the Lord with all his heart and accepted Him as his Lord and Savior at a young age. He received his spiritual nourishment by praying and reading the Bible every day, attending the church worship services regularly, and valued the raising of a family where Christ was Lord, just as he had learnt from his devout mother. As a result, George’s children were rooted in the love of the Word of God. At the same time, he was a member of the Emmanuel Armenian Evangelical Church in Aleppo, where his children attended Sunday school, youth group and were involved in the church life in active ways. He was a devoted and caring father, and a loving husband. He lost his wife unexpectedly in February 2002 but stayed strong by leaning on the promises of God.
As an experienced tractor mechanic, he worked hard and was appreciated by the community. He saw the proper education of his children as a priority. They all got married and had their families and children. His grandchildren were his love and joy.
In 2011, while visiting his youngest daughter Taline in Philadelphia, USA he met his current wife, Kayaneh Shirozian. Kayaneh was there for him when he was diagnosed with cancer and took good care of him with love and patience. He battled the disease with faith accepting the will of God in his life.
On April 18, 2018, the Lord called him home at the age of 79, surrounded by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Kayaneh, and his children Nora (Samuel Kerbabian of Aleppo), Maral (Rev. Paul Haidostian of Beirut), Hovig (Vicky of Toronto), Taline (Sevag Shirozian of Philadelphia) and grandchildren (Khachig, Garin, Arda, Talar, Shogher, Serly, Karni, Ari, and Shant).
The funeral services will be held at the Armenian Martyrs’ Church (100 N. Edmonds Ave. Havertown, PA 19083). Family and friends may call from 9:30 am with services following at 10:00 am. Burial will be at Glenwood Memorial Gardens after services.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to:
The Armenian Martyrs’ Church
100 N. Edmonds Ave
Havertown, PA 19083 or
St. Gregory Armenian Illuminators Church
8701 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia PA 19128
Armenian Martyrs' Congregational Church
100 North Edmonds Avenue, Havertown PA 19083
St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church
8701 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia PA 19128