Emik Avakian

South Hadley, Massachusetts


South Hadley, Massachusetts


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Emik Avakian 1923 - 2013 CHICOPEE - Emik Avakian, inventor and engineer of Chicopee, Massachusetts, died July 11, 2013. Born in 1923 in Tabriz, Iran, Avakian and his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1928. He had cerebral palsey which left him quadrapalegic, but his cognitive abilities were intact....

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The Taupier's

Dear Lord, please watch over Anne and Emik in these next few journys.. we have lost an angel...Where do I start, I knew Emik and Annie his ever devoted saint, like I know my own family. I worked in the world of DataTran- wheelchair patent development. out of all the folks I have ever met, (I have traveled the world 3 times over) this pair was the most genuine, harmonic and most dearest people, and simply the best people I have ever met. Words can not express the sorrow and loss I feel,...

Ann and family,
I am so sorry for your loss.
In 1949 my father was in the new york state rehabilitation Hospital in Haverstraw with Emik.

I just found this paper in my Dad's belongings after my mom passed away recently and found his obituary on line.

What my Dad wrote was a story about Emik.

I would like to share this with you if your are interested.

At that time Emik had asked him to put together some notes and his thoughts on his type...

Dear Anne and Family,

I was a neighbor on Applewood Drive who was absolutely fascinated with Emik's intelllect, kind spirit, and sense of wonder.He and Anne certainly had a unique relationship which supported one another's soul. God bless you with peace and lots of happy memories.

Mimi Savage (White) Page

My cousin Emik, actually my father's cousin, was a treasure. As I just told his wife, Anne, as a child I used to sit and listen to Emik and my father talk about engineering and tell jokes - equally enjoyable! Emik kept inventing methods to make life easier for himself and anyone else similarly disabled. It's impossible to quantify the ripple effect of all his work. All my love to all of us who will miss him. Karen Avakian

I was very fortunate to work for Emik while in high school and will never forget his curiosity and sense of humor. He was truly an inspiration and will be missed.

My thought and prayers are with Anne and Emik's family.

I worked with him from High school out of college and have been friends with Emik and Anne ever since. He was an absolutely incredible person. An inspiration in countless ways. He will be sorely missed.