Armen Alahverde

Armen Alahverde Loving Husband, nurturing Father, proud Grandfather & great Grandfather, Armen Joseph Alahverde, Sr., 92, a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area and longtime resident of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania joined God's kingdom this past Monday, October 10, 2011. Armen is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Doris & their daughter Faith (Jose) & son Joseph (Maria). Armen is also survived by his oldest sons Armen Jr. & Stephen (Helene) as well as 7 grandchildren & 8 great grandchildren. Born in 1919, he was a self-educated man with an incredible range of knowledge on a variety of subjects. Armen was often described as a walking encyclopedia. He passed on this love of learning to his children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. A conversationalist, Armen had a knack for storytelling & making people laugh. An esteemed professional painting contractor of 70 years by trade, Armen continued his business until earlier this year. In his spare time, Armen enjoyed studying & speaking foreign languages including Armenian, Assyrian, Arabic, French, Latin & Farsi. He loved to peruse the bookshelves of local resale shops searching for old tomes & interesting artifacts. Armen was an avid herb gardener who always gave credit to God for the abundant harvest of his lovingly tended garden. He prepared & gave away his homemade cheese spread with his garden grown herbs. Each Fall, Armen proudly donated his bumper crop of basil for the Blessing Of The Basil/Transfiguration of the Cross celebration at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Cheltenham. Armen was the son of Sophia (nee Keworkian) Alahverde & Joseph Stephan Alahverde, both of Armenian descent, immigrants from Persia to Philadelphia at the turn of the century. Armen was a hard working man whose life revolved around family, God, pride in country & love of learning. Armen had a charitable heart & lent a hand to his fellow man as well as God's creatures. Armen served honorably during the 1930's in The Fairmount Park Cavalry Division of The PA. National Guard. In 1979, Armen was commended for bravery by The Philadelphia Police Department for his assistance in the apprehension of an armed robber. He was loved by his customers, friends, neighbors & fellow parishioners of the two churches he attended, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Burholme & Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Cheltenham. An evening viewing will be held Sunday, October 16th from 7-9 PM with a service at 8PM at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, 101 Ashmead Rd. Cheltenham, Pa. 19012. Monday morning, October 17th, a viewing will be held at Holy Trinity from 10-11 AM, Service at 11 & burial at Lawnview Cemetary, 500 Huntingdon Pike Rockledge, Pa. 19046. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Armen's memory to Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church or Immanuel Lutheran Church 1013 Cottman Avenue Philadelphia, Pa. 19111

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Oct. 14, 2011