Obituary

Vahan Shirvanian Jr. of Mountain Lakes, N.J., passed away on Jan. 30, 2013. He was 87 years old. Born in Hackensack, N.J., in 1925, Vahan spent most of his youth growing up in Newark, N.J., the son of Vahan Sr. of Armenia and Gladys Crooks of Baltimore, Md. He graduated from Barringer High...

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judy prescott

February 28, 2013 | Los Angeles, CA

Our love to Aunt Monie, Nan and Tom xoxo



UNCLE VANYA

we tried to map
the cosmos
on a soiled
restaurant placemat.
where did
eternity
begin?
what
was
finite?

could
sensitive souls
ground here
on this
fragile soil?
might we
spin off
into
irretrievable
stardust?

if he
stayed
i stayed.
he drew
me a life
worth
living.
gave me
the courage
to go...

rich wallace

February 22, 2013 | Keene, NH

I had the great pleasure of publishing many of Vahan's cartoons while I was an editor at Highlights for Children. He was truly a genius. I'd never known until now that we'd been born in the same town! All best wishes to the family.

judy burke

February 21, 2013 | Honesdale, PA

We will miss this talented man! Vahan has made millions of children laugh with the many cartoons he has had published in Highlights. Our thoughts, prayers, and good wishes to his family.

mellissa masessa

February 17, 2013 | Mt Lakes, NJ

What a wonderful person Vahan was. All the wonderful memories I hear from the family are truly wonderful. My heart is with all of you. And my cards that he made me and my son Jt I will cherish forever. All my love. Mellisa