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SAMOORIAN, Ghevont, Very Reverend Of Billerica, January 20, 2013. Beloved son of the late Melkon and Mary Samoorian. Devoted brother of Arlene Depolito and the late Mihran Samoorian. Loving uncle of Patrick, Mark and Sandra Depolito, Stephanie Befumo, Michael Samoorian and Susan Guarino. Hayr Soorp is also survived by his cousin Jerry Seymourian, his sister-in-law Marion Samoorian and his dear friend Kathy Geyer. Funeral Service at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge on Friday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours at Saint Vartanantz Armenian Church, 180 Old Westford Road, Chelmsford (Rte 3, Exit 32) on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment at Westview Cemetery, Lexington. Arrangements by Aram Bedrosian Funeral Home, WATERTOWN. Please note; for those people who are attendingthe Funeral Service on Friday morning, please go directly to Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge. There will be no activity in Chelmsford on Friday morning. At the time of his death, Hayr Soorp had been the only living Armenian priest to be ordained on the Tomb of Christ in the Cathedral of the Holy Resurrection In Jerusalem. During his early priesthood in Jerusalem, he restored and designed many pieces of artwork in Holy Places, was the dean of the Gulbenkian Library, worked on many publications and taught at the Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate. He also worked with the U.S. Embassy and the CIA in making broadcasts for the Voice of America, and in the development of film programs at the Monastery and Patriarchate. He was a veteran of the Korean war and the 6-day war of 1967, where he was instrumental in freeing captured Armenian youths from Israeli concentration camps. Hayr Soorp settled in as pastor of St. Vartanantz Armenian Church for the next 25 years and led the parish in building and developing a new church in Chelmsford, MA. He later served the parish of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church in Providence, RI where he published the Diocesan paper "Bema". For many years, he was an active member of the Knights of Vartan. He went on to serve as the Director of Mission Parishes, the diocesan representative to the National Council of Churches, the Director of ACYOA, and ultimately the Vicar of the New England Region. Bedrosian Funeral Home 617-924-7400

Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 23, 2013
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