George K. Arakelian, 91
WORCESTER - George K. Arakelian, 91, of Worcester passed away Monday, February 17, 2014 after living a full life filled with family and friends.
George "Kooken" Arakelian, better known as "Cookie", was born January 18, 1923 in Worcester, son of Krikor and Anna (Berberian) Arakelian. He graduated from Fanning Trade High School and served in the naval air force during World War II. George is survived by his wife Pearl (Paloulian) of 64 years, and three children; Carol Arakelian of Falmouth MA, Joyce Mirow wife of Peter Mirow, and Michael Arakelian husband to Joan (Tateosian), both of Worcester; four grandchildren Kimberly Gazal and Michael, Julie, and Alex Arakelian; three extended grandchildren Matthew, Joseph husband of Christina, and Johnathan Mirow; his sister, Alice Lacey of Texas; his two sister-in laws, Bernice Kachadorian and June Bogoian, brother-in-law Robert Ghiz; and many endearing nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Archie, Arthur, and Gregory, and two sisters, Mary Gazoorian and Charlotte Ghiz, predeceased him.
George worked as a purchasing agent over forty years for several electrical contractors throughout New York, Connecticut and Colorado. Prior to that he worked for his brother Arthur at "Arts Shell" and at retirement, he worked for his brother Gregory at "Greg's Packing. Before enlisting he worked at the military arsenal in Watertown. Childhood memories included wonderful times working at his grandfather's (Berberian) farm in Westborough during summer vacations. After the war, George spent many years at the Armenian American Civic Club (AACC) on Chandler Street playing cards and enjoying the company of his lifelong buddies. George will best be remembered for his humor, pranks, tales, and infectious laugh.
A Visiting Hour will be held Thursday, February 20 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in The Armenian Church of Our Savior, 87 Salisbury St. The Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 AM in the Church. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to, the Armenian Church of Our Savior 87, Salisbury St., Worcester, 01609. Arrangements in the care of CALLAHAN AND FAY BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 61 Myrtle St. To place an on-line condolence, please visit.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2014