Edward G. Nalbandian
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Nalbandian, Edward G.
Prominent Los Angeles business owner of Zachary All Clothing on Wilshire Blvd., for over 40 years, passed away on February 22, 2006 having been afflicted with Alzheimer's disease for over nine years. He was born December 29, 1927 in Belmont, Massachusetts where he was proud to be a member of the Belmont Masons. Eddie learned his trade at an early age working along with his father in his tailor shop. Later, he improved his knowledge of custom tailoring and designing by working in the Boston garment industry, also attending designing classes under the G. I. Bill when he was discharged from the Navy. He met his wife-to-be, Anna Guchigian, at an Armenian church youth group convention in Providence, R.I. From then on there was nothing to stop him from courting her between Belmont and Atlantic City, New Jersey. After six months, they were engaged and happily married since January 28, 1951. With his father closing his business, the three left for California seeking his dreams. Eddie's first shop was on Pico Blvd. As business increased, he moved to Wilshire Blvd. for larger quarters. His then partner, Miles Ark, was instrumental in presenting Eddie on television to do his own unscripted commercials. It came natural, loving and knowing the business so well-his business grew beyond his dreams. He expanded from retail to wholesale where he traveled many years to Leeds and Liverpool, England for "Harris Tweeds", Milan, Italy, for designer names, Japan for famous fabrics, South Korea to oversee the designing and production of clothing sold in Los Angeles and across the country. His commercials always emphasized the clothing he sold was to be found at Zachary All in sizes "Cadet, Extra Short, Regular, Long, Extra Long and Portlies." It wasn't unusual to see him sewing or pressing at his store when customers would come in after seeing him on television. He was truly a working tailor at heart. Eddie had an innate business sense. He became an astute negotiator with the ability to foresee the "bottom line". Eddie's sense of humor drew many people to him and he loved people. We were blessed to know him. He was a most loving husband, and doting father to his two children, Edward Michael and Nancy Jo Ann, adoring grandpa to his three grandchildren. Survivors are his wife, Anna, children, Edward and Nancy and her husband, Jose Barajas, and grandchildren Richard, Joanna, and Daniel, of Thousand Oaks, California, and also his cousin, Philip Nalbandian and wife, Marilyn, of Watertown, Massachusetts. We know Eddie will be embraced by his dear mother and father and will forever be in our hearts for the sweet memories he leaves us all. Services will be held at the Old North Church, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, on Monday, February 27, 2006 at 10:30 a.m., Visitation on Sunday, February 26, 2006 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory, may be made to: Alzheimer's Assn., 225 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7633; or St. James Armenian Church, 4950 West Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90056; or The Cedars - Sinai Hospice Fund, 200 North Robertson Blvd., Suite #102, Beverly Hills, California 90211.

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March 14, 2006
I grew up with Eddie's great commercials. Reading about his passing away made me sad and then also brought back lots of nice memories. My father, now retired, an Irish immigrant, a gentleman, dapper and a physician must have liked Eddie also because he would take me along with him on trips (from Palos Verdes, CA) to the downtown Zachary Al store to buy his suits. Eddie would always call him "Dr.", treat him so nicely and was just the most professional tailor ever. Loved him. Thanks for the sartorial splendor you gave my father.
Denise Donegan
March 3, 2006
I was 7 years old and lived next door to Eddie on Saturn Street and was friends with his son. This was around 1960 before Zachary All was really big. I remember he would carpool us to school in the morning in a car that did not need a key in the ignition and that image stayed with me my whole life. Today I drive a car that does not need a key just like his. I really liked him and was glad to know him before he was famous. I can still hear his voice if I close my eyes.
Paul Klein
March 2, 2006
I grew up outside of Los Angeles, and Eddie was a very iconic figure; he represented my first view of Miracle Mile. I am happy to live here now and become a customer of such a revered store. I think of him often as I drive past...
Brian Kehew
March 1, 2006
Your commercials are always in my memory and they have always put a smile on my face. A real stand up guy. Joe Tavares #385
Joe Tavares
February 28, 2006
I will miss you and your sincere commercials. Long live 5467 Wilshire Bl.
Terry McAllister
February 28, 2006
I am not kidding when I say that I will always remember Eddie and his on-air presence during my formative years in Los Angles. Thank you so much for so many memories.
Cassy Muronaka
February 28, 2006
Thanks so much for your enjoyable ads that I watched through my youth. My condolences to the Nalbandian family and its friends.
Don Williams
February 28, 2006
When I was graduating from Jr High , I asked my mom to take me to Zachary All to buy a suit. I was always watching movies KTTV and KTLA and those commercials were a huge part of my youth. When we got to the store Eddie was working the floor and waited on us personally! I was very excited and a little starstruck. I remember him being a true gentlemen who was very helpful to us.
Thank you Eddie for a wonderful memory and for sponsoring all those great old movies on TV. I may have never seen them if it wasn't for him.
William Inglot
February 28, 2006
Some of the few TV commercials from late 60's TV that I just LOVED to watch were the ZACHARY ALL ones with "Eddie". Eddie had class and a certain sense of salesmanship with charm enough to make you want to buy a suit even if you didn't particularly need one.

Goodbye, Eddie. You will be missed.
Ned Huthmacher
February 27, 2006
Thank you for the sincerity and honesty you contributed to the cultural fabric of Los Angeles.
Ken Peterson
February 25, 2006
uncle eddie - you will be missed...love cindy
cindy hoplamazian
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