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Albert (Shavarsh) Movsesian, a crusader for Armenian Genocide education and human
rights, died May 25 at Merrimack Valley Hospice House surrounded by his loving family.
The day coincided with his late wife's birthday and occurred on the eve of Memorial Day which he always observed as a proud veteran. Long active in Armenian Genocide issues, Mr. Movsesian left no stone unturned when it came time to educate the public. As a member of the Armenian Genocide Education Committee of Merrimack Valley, he traveled to schools along the North Shore and Greater Boston with stories drawn from his own family history and the persecution of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Empire. Much of his presentation centered around the Near East Relief and the Armenian Orphan Rug, which was woven by his mother-in-law and other orphans during that time in Lebanon. Mr. Movsesian lobbied for its identity, traveling to the White House upon First Lady Hillary Clinton's invitation to ensure proper recognition. A month before his death, Mr. Movsesian attended a 99th anniversary commemoration at North Andover High School, where he was presented an appreciation gift by the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee for his three decades of service. As a respected member and former commander of the Arakadz Lodge, Merrimack Valley Knights of Vartan, he helped dispatch medical supplies to Armenia through the International Medical Equipment Collaborative (IMEC) in North Andover. He was a Board member of the Armenian Library & Museum of America (ALMA) and belonged to the National Association of Armenian Studies & Research (NAASR). Mr. Movsesian maintained a venerable career with the Armenian Church at Hye Pointe where he taught Sunday School and served as a Diocesan delegate and Parish Council member over 55 years. His church service earned him the prestigious St. Nerses Shnorhali Medal for distinguished service from the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of North America. A World War II veteran with the Army Air Corps, Mr. Movsesian served as a radar technician before graduating from Boston University on the GI Bill. He worked at Liberty Mutual for 38 years, winning several awards for salesmanship. For 22 years, Mr. Movsesian was an active volunteer and chapter president with Northern Essex Elder Transport (NEET), reaching out to 14 communities throughout the North Shore in furnishing rides to the incapacitated. For many, it became a transportation of last resort. He was also involved as a board member for 15 years with the North Andover Council on Aging where he serving as a program coordinator, often speaking to listeners about his ethnic history. As an active member of the Boston Rotary Club, among his golden deeds was serving meals to deprived people and catering to their essential needs. He was also a Big Brother for 44 years and member of Saggahew Lodge, AF & AM, of Haverhill over five decades. He often reminisced about his days as a competitive tennis player and his passion for bee-keeping, along with the venture called "Movses Apiary," sharing jars of honey as gifts. He was also an avid photographer. Mr. Movsesian was born in Haverhill, son of the late Moses and Koharig (Mesrobian) Movsesian, and was graduated from Haverhill High School.He was a longtime resident of Bradford and North Andover before spending his final months at Ashland Farm in North Andover. The family wishes to commend the staff there for the optimum care rendered during his stay. For 40 years, Mr. Movsesian maintained a home in Freedom, NH, overlooking Lake Ossipee, using it both as a family hiatus and personal retreat. He was the husband of the late Charlotte (Gulezian) Movsesian, who died in 2012, and brother of the late Roxie Shamlian, Nance Movsesian and retired U.S. Army Colonel Anthony A. Movsesian.He leaves two sisters, Elinor Tate, and her husband John, Lincoln, RI, and Lucy Talanian, Milton; 11 nieces and nephews; nine grandnieces and grandnephews; his brother-in-law, Martin Gulezian, Methuen, and several beloved cousins and friends. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the calling hours on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 11:45 A.M. at the Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, 110 Main Street, Haverhill followed by a Funeral Service at noon. Interment with military honors will be in the Linwood Cemetery. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes, Haverhill and Bradford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Pointe, 110 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830 or Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, PO Box 236, Watertown, MA 02471-0236. Condolences to his family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com
H.L. Farmer & Sons Bradford Funeral Home
210 South Main Street
Bradford, MA 01835
Published in Boston Herald on May 29, 2014