ALAJAJIAN, Armenak One of the most famous European basketball players of all time passed away at Scarborough General Hospital on December 4, 2017. Armenak Alajajian was four-time European champion, winner of the European Championship Cup both as a player and as a coach, Silver Medalist of the 18th Olympic Games in Tokyo (1964), eight-time Champion of USSR, Honourary Master of Sport of the USSR and Honourary Coach of Russia. As a world-renowned player and coach, he brought many innovations to the game. He was a star virtuoso playmaker of his time. Mr. Alajajian was honoured for his outstanding philanthropy in support of Armenian and Canadian causes. He also established an Alajajian Cup for basketball championships in Moscow and Yerevan. Armenak will be dearly missed by his family and his many friends. Funeral services will be held at the Holy Trinity Armenian Church (920 Progress Avenue, Scarborough) on Thursday, December 7th starting at 10:30 a.m.
Published in Toronto Star on Dec. 6, 2017.