Ara Kradjian
1933 - 2018
BORN
1933
DIED
2018
FUNERAL HOME
J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home
141 Main St.
Binghamton, NY
Ara Kradjian

Endwell - Ara Kradjian, 84, of Endwell, passed away on February 3, 2018, surrounded by his loving family after a brave fight against brain cancer. Ara was born on June 27, 1933, in Binghamton, the son of Kenneth and Haigouhi Kradjian. Ara's parents escaped the Turkish genocide of the Armenians in 1915, and they passed down to him an indomitable spirit of perseverance, strong work ethic, deep love of community, and abiding gratitude for the opportunities he received growing up in the United States. After graduating from Binghamton Central High School, Ara attended the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, where he served in the ROTC, played football, and was president of the University's chapter of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity for two years. He graduated in 1955 with a B.S.E. in Economics. From 1955 to 1957, Ara served as a Lieutenant (J.G.) with the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion, better known as "Seabees," and was tasked with building weather stations in the Caribbean and Antarctica. Ara then returned to Binghamton, where he joined his father and cousins, Harry and Diran Kradjian, in the family businesses at Kradjian Properties and Bates Troy Laundry and Dry Cleaning. Over the years, Ara was instrumental in developing numerous local real estate projects with Kradjian Properties, including the Metrocenter Mall, the Holiday Inn-SUNY, and the Vestal Steakhouse, and he led efforts to expand and transform Bates Troy into a leading healthcare linen service. His son, Brian Kradjian, joined him in the family businesses in 1993. Ara loved working with his family and his many employees and colleagues who became like family. Ara was actively engaged in community civic and social life. Among other things, he served on the Board of Directors of Banker's Trust Bank; was a member of the UHS Foundation; was a founding member of the Harper Forum (now the Binghamton Forum) and the Pigskin Club; and helped create the Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Arena Club. He was a devoted member of the Armenian community and church. He was also a generous philanthropist, who founded scholarships at Binghamton University and the University of Pennsylvania and supported many local arts organizations, including First Night Binghamton, Tri Cities Opera, and the Binghamton Philharmonic, as well as individual artists. He was a strong supporter of the Goodwill Theatre in Johnson City. Ara was an avid horse enthusiast, hunter, outdoorsman, sports fan, tennis player, and wine lover who lived life to the fullest. He was happiest riding a horse, watching the races at Saratoga or Del Mar, skiing and fishing with his sons, walking in the woods with his dog, cheering on his favorite football teams, playing tennis, or sharing delicious food and wine with his family and friends. He had a warm, generous spirit, an immense sense of humor, a booming voice, and an infectious laugh. He will be deeply missed. Ara is survived by his wife of thirty years, Naima Kradjian; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Eric Kradjian of Phoenix, Arizona; and Brian and Anahit Kradjian of Vestal; and one granddaughter, Jordan Barnett-Kradjian of Binghamton. He is predeceased by his first wife, Sophie Boudaghian Kradjian. Ara is also survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice and Henri Janian of Palm Desert, California; Astrid Dadourian of Manhattan; and Diane and Dr. Lewis Robinson of Phoenix, Arizona; his cousins Diran and Socie Kradjian of Binghamton; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Nena Bloomquist and James Farrell of Marlborough, Massachusetts; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. Funeral Services will be held at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton, Friday, February 9 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton, on Thursday, February 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. A private family burial service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Goodwill Theatre Inc., 67 Broad Street, Johnson City, New York 13790.





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A kind and lovely gentleman... he was one in a million! A true loss to his family and many others. Deepest sympathy to you all.
Jackie Manning
Friend
February 28, 2018
Naima and Family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sandy Perkins
Sandy Perkins
February 9, 2018
Naima & family:
We were so sorry to learn of Ara's passing. He was a wonderful guy and will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Sincerely,
John & Kathy Reyen
February 9, 2018
Ara touched many people during his time with us and I was fortunate to be one of the many. A great, great person who I' m proud to say was a dear friend. Charlie Theokas
February 9, 2018
I HAD HONOR OF WORKING WITH THIS ICON Of a MAN IN LATE 60'S HE WAS A ABSOLUTE CLASS ACT RIP ARA !!
Robert Jones
February 8, 2018
Sorry for your loss.
Jean
February 8, 2018
To the family I'm so sorry for your loss he was great man t
Bobbie jo Miller
February 8, 2018
Dear Eric and Brian, So sorry for your loss. God bless you all. You are in my prayers. Sincerely, Janine
Janine Federowicz
February 8, 2018
broome co would not b same without ara and ken u both r missed steve and billie jean
steve ellis
February 8, 2018
broome co would not b tha same without ara and kenbut i have trust in brian he takes after his dad
steve ellis
February 8, 2018
steve ellis
February 8, 2018
Ara was a year ahead of me at Binghamton Central High. Even then he was an inspiration to those who knew him. My condolences to the family.
John
February 8, 2018
Ara was an amazing man. He loved his Family, he loved his Country, & he loved his Hometown. He was always willing to help others. There are so many great memories of Ara. His Legacy will live on forever. He was a gentle giant with a twinkle in his eyes, & a huge heart. He lived life to the fullest. Our Thoughts & Prayers are with his loving family. Rest In Peace. You will be missed.
Tilly Carbo
February 7, 2018
We are saddened by hearing about Ara's passing.
We will always remember Ara as a great and generous person. He had Meredith play her Harp on Sunday Brunch at the Holiday Inn and early on in my Art career Ara commissioned me to design a series of Stained Glass windows for their home. Ara helped my wife and I in our early artistic careers. We will not forget you Ara
Frank & Meredith Bocek
February 7, 2018
We were saddened to learn of the death of Ara Kradjian. He was an asset to our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Dr Frank & Joyce Gilroy
February 7, 2018
When I moved to Binghamton from Canada, I was very fortunate to meet Ara. We developed a friendship that spanned nearly 40 years. During that time we shared such great times together but I will cherish the memories of the fishing trips with Ara, Brian and Eric. What a great partner Ara was in our many tennis matches. Such great times together in business,sports and with Naima as well. Ara was one of my greatest and best friends. He became like a brother to me. He will be greatly missed.
Jacques Caron
February 7, 2018
Thomas Gallo
February 7, 2018
Dear Eric and family, I am sorry for you loss.
Sincerely,
Barry Schecter
February 7, 2018
Naima & Family;
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Prayers to all of you during this time.

Patty Weist and Friends at DoubleTree Binghamton.
February 7, 2018
Patty Weist
February 7, 2018
Dearest Ara, you were and will remain a boon to the Southern Tier. You have been and will be missed. Your mark on this community will last forever. Thank you and I wish you peace on your journey. My love to you, Naima and your family.
Connie Barnes
February 7, 2018
Please accept our deepest sympathy for the whole family. We are sorry we will not be able to attend the memorial service. Our thoughts are with you. Ara was a fantastic person. Our community will miss his generosity and his spirit. May he Rest In Peace.
Hersh and Beverly Rozen
February 7, 2018
Naima,,
Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband. Although we never knew him, we have heard of his many contributions to our area.

We pray for your comfort as you grieve your loss. May your memories sustain you. God bless.

Sincerely,
Joe and Dolores Hauptfleisch
Joe and Dolores Hauptfleisch
February 7, 2018
A kind gentleman who will be deeply missed and always remembered.

February 7, 2018 Irene Wainer
Irene Boudaghian-Wainer
Family
February 7, 2018
Irene Wainer
February 7, 2018
Naima, Brian, Eric

Roxanne and I were saddened to hear of Ara's passing. May you find comfort in the many good times you shared with him. His legacy and contributions to the community will never be forgotten. God Bless

Dick and Roxanne D'Attilio
February 7, 2018
Brian and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Jennifer Lesko
February 7, 2018
You didn't need to see Ara when he entered a room because you could feel his presence. His warmth,kindness , and generosity were always with him. Ara always made sure that those around him were enjoying life as much as he was. He was an extrodinary person who will be missed by all who knew him. He leaves a large void in all our lives and we envy those with whom he is with now.
Nelson Van Atta
February 7, 2018
So sorry to hear of Ara's passing. I remember when we used to take our cleaning to Bates Troy years ago. He will be missed.
Rosemary Bussa West
Rosemary West
February 6, 2018
A man of many talents and interests. He did know how to live life to the fullest.
Ara hired me as the house pianist when he had the
Holiday-Arena under his belt. He always treated me with respect and we shared much humor together. I remember him from high school days although he was a Bulldog ( Central) and I was a
Wildcat ( JC).
Our lives will be empty without him. Prayers for you
Naima in this time of loss.
David Stark
February 6, 2018
Ara your gonna be greatly missed, I worked for you for 21yrs now you were Always fair and honest to your employees, my condolences to the family sorry for your loss, on behalf of the batestroy employees we love you and are gonna miss you rest in peace
Love Billie Jean miller
Billie jean Miller
February 6, 2018
Our thoughts are with the family at this time of sorrow. Ara shall be missed but never forgotten. Our community was blessed to have him here.
Wayne and Sylvia
Sylvia Kerber
February 6, 2018
Naima and family,

We are deeply sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and blessings your way during this difficult time.
Alex and Freddy Mendoza
February 6, 2018
A wonderful man whom I will deeply miss. Sending prayers and love to Naima and all family members.
Shannon DeAngelo
February 6, 2018
Ara , was one of those whom blessed this community with his presence, and the desire to win . He and Dick Meltzer are now parlaying a little wager with GOD . Play hard , Play with heart , Play on !!!!
Frederick Russell
February 6, 2018
Ara Kradjian was an icon in the laundry business! Well known coast to coast for his foresight and integrity! It is a loss for all that knew him!
Samuel Garofalo
February 6, 2018
Sorry for your Loss. ARA was a giant in the business world. He was also a fellow Alum (UPenn). ARA will be missed. Dr. Major A. Barnett
Major Barnett
February 6, 2018
Peggy Schu
February 6, 2018
Eric, my deepest condolences on the passing of your father. He was a pillar of the community and will be long remembered.
Stephen Heyda
February 6, 2018
My condolences to the family of Ara. He added

something special to the Binghamton community

and will be sorely missed by his family and friends!

Rest in Peace.


Dick Gennett
Dick Gennett
February 6, 2018
Naima, Brian, and Eric,
I am saddened to hear of Ara's passing.
I am remembering lovely memories we all had together at the farm together and just living life!
I am sending our condolences and prayers for your family.
God Bless
Brad and Kathleen Kinter
Kathleen Kinter
February 6, 2018
Ara's passing has sadden my day...he was a wonderful man whose presence will be dearly missed.
Linda Zurbruegg
February 6, 2018
My thoughts and prayers go out to Naima, Brian, Eric and the rest of the family. Saddened by this news. Ara was an honerable man who was larger than life to me, yet so humble. A great listener, we had many enjoyable conversations over the years. Always proud to call him a friend. A real loss for everyone and the community.
Patrick McHugh
February 6, 2018
Our sincere sympathies go out to all of the Kradjian family. Ara was admired and respected for all of the support he provided to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our communities. His philosophy of an honest day's wage for an honest day's work supported many employment opportunities for our workforce. May he Rest In Peace.
Mary Jo Thorn and friends at ACHIEVE
February 6, 2018
He was a wonderful man in every way, was always fun to be around. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Niama and the entire family. Love to you.
Don and Carlotta
February 6, 2018
I was saddened to hear of your loss. He was a true gentleman. Kind and generous and supportive of so many people. He will be missed. Patty Nirchi
Patricia Nirchi
February 6, 2018
My heart goes out to the Kradjian family. Ara was a pillar of the community and a dear friend. I will treasure my memories of my time with him. RIP ARA.
Ruben Figueroa
February 6, 2018
Our deepest and sincerest condolences to all of the Kradjian family. Our thoughts and hearts will be with all of you through this extremely tough time.

Brian and Julia Reed
Brian Reed
February 6, 2018
Ara was a great and honorable man. He will be greatly missed. May the love of God embrace Ara, his family and Friends.
Edward Zyskowski II
February 6, 2018
I will miss seeing him at Saratoga Raceway with his beautiful wife, enjoying himself regardless of the outcome of the bet. I just hope there's a track in the great beyond! F.J. Meagher jr.
frederick j. meagher jr
February 5, 2018
My fondest memories of Mr.Kradjian were all of them. Eric, Brian and I spent the most memorable summers on the St.Lawrence Seaway with many friends from Vestal Central High School. Ara and Naima welcomed all to their summer retreat regardless of how many nights or weeks we stayed and never expected anything in return. His generosity was never surpassed by any I have encountered in my life. The compassion he showed to his sons wayward friends and stewardship he provided will never be forgotten. We know you are in heaven.
Dar Gennett
February 5, 2018
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