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Arthur A. Maranian Sr.

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Arthur A. Maranian, Sr. was born May, 1928 in Arlington, MA, one of nine children of the late Aram and Alice Maranian. He attended schools in Arlington as well as in Boston at Don Bosco for printing. At the age of 9, he was an entrepreneur. Following his discharge from the US Marine Corps, Arthur started his own business in Somerville. In 1950, he married the late Helen Marian of Lowell, MA and they moved to Washington, DC. At this time, in Washington, DC, Arthur and Helen started their family and they were blessed with 2 beautiful children, Arthur Jr., and Linda. He worked for a printing company affiliated with US Government and was in charge of the Special Marine Unit from the Pentagon that was providing and rushing secret documents and maps, etc. crucial to the Korean War effort. This experience provided him with a thorough understanding of lithography. In 1953, he returned to Boston and started Maran Printing Service, Inc., in Arlington, MA. Over the years, Maran Printing Service became one of the most unique printing plants in the Boston area, receiving many awards for outstanding work in the printing trade. Arthur made special presentations for President Gerald R. Ford, the Bicentennial, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Constitution Museum, the opening of the Kennedy Library attended by President Jimmy Carter, and other historical programs. He received numerous expressions of gratitude, among them from President Ford, the White House and the Kennedy Family. Arthur's love for history and printing was recognized by his peers in the New England Printer and National Geographic magazines, as well as Armenian Mirror Spectator and the Boston area papers. Arthur was a long standing member and generous supporter of the Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge along with other local Armenian churches and organizations. He was a member of Mystic Valley Masonic Lodge, the Knights of Vartan, the Aleppo Shriners. He is survived by his son Arthur Jr and his wife Karen, his daughter, Linda Mitchell and her husband Kenneth, four grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was the brother of Aram, Jack, Lucy Balian, Dorothy Parsikikian and the late Leo, George, Michael and Ann Hartounian. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Arthur is also survived by his loving companion and friend Nadia Ann Karnik. Funeral Service at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 145 Brattle Street, Cambridge on Wednesday, May 28 at 11:00a.m. Visiting hours at the Aram Bedrosian Funeral Home, 558 Mt. auburn St., Watertown on Tuesday from 4 -8 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to The Quimby Center for Geriatric Care at Mt. Auburn Hospital, 300 Mt. Auburn St., Ste. 517, Cambridge, MA 02138, Attention-John R. Anderson M.D. Former owner and President of Maran Printing, Arlington, MA. Veteran, U.S. Marines. Interment at Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln, MA.

Published in The Belmont Citizen-Herald from May 27 to June 3, 2014
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