Diran Chertavian

Diran "Dee" Chertavian, 89, of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Lowell, MA, passed away on the morning of March 10, 2013. He had been recovering from a minor heart attack when he suffered another which claimed his life. "Dee" will always be remembered for his love of life, his generosity, kind spirit, and thoughtfulness. He was a professional musician, playing clarinet and saxophone, who graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music. He served in the U. S. Navy as a musician during World War One and again during The Korean War. He toured with Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Orchestra for two years, played in the The San Antonio Symphony, then showcased his many talents in the "Dee Deran Orchestra" at prestigious hotels and resorts in New England and Florida. He was a life long entertainer delighting all he performed for! Next to his love of music was golf, and he shared these passions with friends and family. Dee was loved by all he came in contact with and his enthusiasm for life was contagious. He is survived by his sister, Lucia Yapp, brother, Levon Chertavian, faithful friend, Kia Ly, and 6 nieces and nephews who all loved him dearly. Funeral services and burial will be private. Expressions of condolence may be shared at LorneandSons.com.

Published in Sun-Sentinel on Mar. 15, 2013