Charles A. Chelebian
Crawford Funeral Home Inc
495 N Winton Rd
Rochester, NY
Chelebian, Charles A. (Charley)

Rochester: July 8, 2016, at age 24. "Free yourself from yourself". Charley succumbed to his opiate addiction ironically only 3 days after coming out of a month long inpatient rehab full of vim, vigor, and excitement about his future goals and plans.

Beloved son of Lynette Chelebian and Jack Chelebian, M.D. (Gail Farrell); brothers, Simon George and Alex Chelebian; stepbrothers, Ray, Matt and Bobby; uncle Larry Scherff (Carol Vella); aunts & uncles Tom & Annie Hoglind and Karen & Hovsep Koundakjian and several cousins.

Charley was a joyful, kind, compassionate young man, always ready with a helping hand. He had a "big shining ray of light grin". He was much loved by his family & numerous friends; he will be missed.

The family will celebrate Charley's life on July 23, 2016 at 1:00pm at Pomodoro Grill, 1290 University Ave., Rochester NY, with a brief ceremony followed by a reception. Please consider honoring Charley with a donation to the Armenia Tree Project online. Online Condolences welcomed at:

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Published by Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Jul. 12 to Jul. 17, 2016.
Celebration of Life
Pomodoro Grill
1290 University Ave., Rochester, NY
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I am very sorry for your loss, while I didn't know Charles, he resonated goodness from his photo. God Bless him with our heavenly father.
Vanoush Khatchaturyan
August 30, 2016
Charlie.. My beloved dear cousin.. The youngest of our cousin clan... I miss you even though I had not seen you in several years, I really feel the hurt and pain now.. I wish we had a more recent visit.. I remember your smile so clearly.. Your kind ways and beautiful manner.. Grandma (nana) loved you so much.. And Grandpa (babook as you used to call him) was so proud when you were first born.. I will hold on to all the memories we had in out younger years. You will forever be missed! We love you so much!! Our angel Charlie.. Rest in Peace
Lara Koundakjian
August 23, 2016
Dear Lynette Jack Alex and Simon
God be with you all. We are so very sorry we didn't know about Charlie.
What can we say or do to help.
Please know you are always in our thoughts and prayers. We speak of our memories with you all so often. Our lives get so busy and we lose touch with the people we hold so close to our hearts. We wish we never lost touch, especially now. We just feel so bad we should have been there for you. Please know we are always here . and if you want to call please do any time . There is just so much I want to do and say I am going to try to get in touch with you.
Our deepest sympathy
Mike and Nancy
Mike and Nancy Colakoglu
August 17, 2016
Dear Lynette.Jack.Alex and Simon
We don't know what to say. Our heart's are breaking for you. We just found out today. We were away in July and Father Kegam just came to visit and told us of the sad news about Charlie. Please just know our thoughts and prayers are always with you. God be with you all and Charlie.
Our deepest sympathy
Mike and Nancy Colakoglu
mike and nancy colaloglu
August 17, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your son Charley. The tragedy of addiction is beyond description in its power to destroy life. I pray for you and your loved ones.
Kathe Healy
August 5, 2016
I met Charley in treatment out in Schenectady NY in June. I was lucky enough to get to know him and we spent a lot of time talking about our demons and our hopes for beating them... I was always taken back by his intelligence and kindness and optimism for his future .... he asked questions and advice from everyone and really listened to everything one was willing to share with him. I was never so confident in anyone getting it right on their first try at recovery than I was in Charley. This disease is cunning baffling and powerful, and it stole one of our worlds brightest stars yet again. A true loss for anyone lucky enough to have met him. My heart goes out to his friends and family.
John Sharkey
July 22, 2016
Dear Jack, Gail and family,

This is such a tragic loss. Our hearts are breaking for you. We can not imagine the grief you are enduring. Know that you are in our thoughts. We wish you peace and healing.

Much love, Ellen and Ted
July 22, 2016
Lynette, so very sorry to hear of this terrible loss. My thoughts are with you, Simon, and Alex.
Sue Engel
July 21, 2016
I did not know Charley but know all too well the loss of a loved one due to addiction. My heart breaks for you and those you left behind.
My comfort and hopefully yours is knowing those that tragically lose their lives to this horrific addiction can now lay their tired bodies upon the Lord and feel comfort and peace.

God bless you Charley and your family
July 21, 2016
my deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of your son. I feel your pain and loss. Rest in Peace Charley,,,,,
judith palma
July 20, 2016
Dear Lynette,

I am so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of your son Charley. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Louis Kinsella
July 20, 2016
My deepest condolences to Charlie's family! While in my class, Charlie was a ray of light. Always in a good mood with a bright smile on his face.
Susan Bender
July 20, 2016
So Sorry for your loss Dr. Chelebian & your family's loss. My prayers are with you & your family during this time. We will be thinking of you all back here in Texas. My the Lord give you all strength & understanding during this very difficult time.

Jackie Alvear
July 20, 2016
My condolences to you Dr. Chelebian and your family. My nephew also lost his battle due to his herion addiction a short time ago. I love your words and honesty regarding your son Charlie. I also want to thank you for your professional help you gave me throughout the years as my doctor. I wish you and your family peace.
carleen rolfe
July 18, 2016
Lynette, Jack and family,

I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Charley. I was only in his life for a brief time while he was an infant. He captured my heart the first time I saw him. A fond memory I have of him is when you would entrust me with his care while you had a couple of hours out of the house. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

Pat Gomes
Pat Gomes
July 18, 2016
My sincere condolences to the entire Chelebian family. Dr. Chelebian, Take comfort in the fact that you saved me from myself. I will never forget you. God Bless
Gerry daniels
July 17, 2016
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that have gone through this.Free yourself from yourself....I think I'd better.The words just touched me. I'am going to TRY to ween myself from my addiction to oxycodone. 7yrs pain free, with no life.Thanks for helping me understand.time to break them in half until I break them all away.
billy spencer
July 16, 2016
I'm very sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold on to. May God continue to comfort your family (Psalm 9:9,10).
N. Byrd
July 16, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. My beloved son Tom passed away from the same thing July 9th. We just buried him yesterday. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lori Tobin
Lori Tobin
July 15, 2016
Our hearts go out to you. Addiction is a terrible struggle. There is way too much of this with our young kids and thank you for being so honest in your obituary. May you know he is at peace and will always be with you. Heartfelt condolences to your family.
July 15, 2016
Heartfelt condolences from a mother who continues to suffer I pray you find any measure of peace in your lives and know he is with God now
Kim Mitrovits
July 15, 2016
Hi I'm so sorry for your loss if your beautiful Charley. I too lost my son Shane to Addiction, he overdosed in May. May you find peace in knowing he no longer suffers from from this awful disease of addiction. We have seen so much grief and loss from this disease that we have now started a group Wednesday's 6-7 at Coffee Connevtion onEadt Main Street. Please feel free to reach out. Hugs to you and your family. I am so so sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers to all of you,
Janet Russell
Janet Russell
July 14, 2016
Been too long since I last saw you Charlie. I remember you as a little boy, the youngest of all my cousins. Never imagined that you would be the first to go. Will keep our family in my prayers. You hear about addiction, but so hard when it hits home. My mum has asked Sasha and I to make a ballet in memory of you. Hopefully one day we will be able to. Thinking of you all from Sweden.
Annika Höglind
July 14, 2016
We also lost our beloved son almost 2 years ago. We also know he didn't want to leave his mom, dad, brother, sister and children and grandchildren. The disease that is known as addiction is a never ending battle. I fear we will continue to see our children's loss of life because of it. Always be positive, although it is very difficult. I see objects move around his picture and there is no explanation except it is his energy around me. S.
July 14, 2016
So sorry, Lynette.
Harry Davis
July 14, 2016
You don't know me but there is far too much of this happening and my heart breaks for your family. My sincere condolences.
Debbie Hughson
July 14, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. I do understand what you are going through because I too lost my 24 year old son to a opioid addiction last year in April 2015. We know it most likely was a accident because he would never want to leave his sister and mom and dad. Our lives will never be the same without our beautiful loving son. I thank you for being so honest in your obituary in what caused his passing. This is a terrible epidemic that is taking our young children away from us forever. I loved what you said which helped our family and probably many families who have lost their loved ones to addiction. Free yourself from yourself.
cindy fisher
July 13, 2016
Jack and Lynette - So very sorry to hear the sad news about Charlie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Simon and Alex.
Bob & Alii Farrell
July 13, 2016
To the family of Charles, I cannot tell you enough how sorry I am for your terrible loss. I wish I didn't have to say, that I know all too well the pain you are feeling right now. I just lost my only sibling, my little brother, Nick Collichio to a heroin overdose a few weeks ago. I wanted to thank you for your courage and bravery to be so honest about Charles addiction and what happened. It is so evident what a wonderful family you are and again I am deeply sorry for your loss. We can take comfort that our boys are finally free from the shackles of addiction. #addictionawareness #endthestigma
Heather Stein
July 13, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. My family lost a wonderful nephew also 24 on April 1st to drug problems. He had also been clean for almost a year. Drugs are a terrible problem. Thank you for sharing. I pray for your family because I know how devastating this can be for a family.
July 12, 2016
Dear Lynette: We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We still remember Charlie and Sam's antics, going to Cotillion and just being boys. We have thought of you often since leaving Rochester and our thoughts will continue to be with you and your family.
Yves, Dianne and Sam Millette
July 12, 2016
As one who parents a child in the grip of addiction, my heartfelt empathy to you. No one can ultimately understand your personal struggle, sense of helplessness or mourning. Know there are others who have walked in shoes that resemble yours and because there is healing in the telling, are prepared to listen to your story whenever you ready. His family, his friends might be relieved that Charley no longer battles, no longer suffers. And yet, the cost seems too great, the relief too empty, the burden too heavy. May you one day find the joy again, the blessing of that winning smile that left you too soon.
MomTo Addict
July 12, 2016
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in this time of your loss.
Laura Scheuermann
July 12, 2016
Dr. Chelebian and Family
I cn still picture the three little boys photographs on your office walls oh so many years ago. There are no words to express my feelings. I pray that you have some peace and know that others are sending you their love. You saved me Dr. Chelebian and I will forever be grateful. Fondly,
Mary Weed
July 12, 2016
Charles was such a positive person to be around. He always brought a optimistic attitude to any situation, and made those around him smile. He will be dearly missed.
Megan C
July 12, 2016
Sorry about your loss. I just lost a 21 yr. old grandson in May. It is a terrible loss for those who are left behind.
Mary Miller
July 12, 2016
I didn't know Charley and I don't know his family, but I was struck with sadness reading his obituary. My heart breaks for all of you missing him and for him to have suffered and almost overcame addition. I commend the family for acknowledging his illness. It is far too prevalent and your courage in public announcing it may very well have saved another young life. May God bless you and bring you peace.
July 12, 2016
I remember Charley from the FBLA club in high school at Brighton. He was an energetic guy, and his participation in the club made it more fun and engaging. Best wishes for the family.
Jay Qi
July 12, 2016
I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. I was in Charley's year at Brighton; he was a very special person and was deeply loved. I'm sending my love and thoughts to his family and friends.
Beth Hyland
July 12, 2016
So sorry to hear that Charlie lost his battle with opiates. Another life cut way too short. He will be forever remembered for his engaging smile and friendly demeanor. Memories of the heart remain with us always.
Cindy Butterworth
July 12, 2016
My heartfelt condolences on the lost of Charley. I only knew Charley for a short time, but he left a lasting impression. He was such a sweet young man and I was incredibly hopeful for him and his future. May the loving memories of him get you through this difficult time.
July 12, 2016
Although we have never met I can tell you that your fight is now over. Your life was very short lived due to the beast known best by Addiction. He doesn't care who he takes with him. Our hearts are full of sorrow knowing you are gone. BUT you my friend will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.
To the family and friends of Charles, I am so very sorry for your loss. I want you to know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless each and every one of you.
An unknown friend who has been living life One Day At A Time.
CherylAnne Enos
July 12, 2016
Our hearts are very heavy for you. We love you Lynette, Jack, Alex, and Simon.
Sandy and Eric Anderson
July 11, 2016
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the death of Charley, who according to many Brighton students, found him to be a kind and engaging person.
Roberta Baldo
July 11, 2016
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