It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of deacon Vartkes Keshishian on Maundy Thursday, April 9th.
The Primate is extending his condolences to his daughters Sylvie, Anie and son Garo, brother Jivan Keshishian. We especially remember his gentle spirit and loving nature. He will always be remembered as an especially giving person of great character.
May He Rest in Peace!
Յիշատակ Արդարոյն Օրհնութեամբ եղիցի. Ամեն.
Vartkes Garabed Keshishian
Born 6 January 1941 and passed 9 April 2020.
Arch Deacon / Avak Sargavak Vartkes Garabed Keshishianwas born in Cyprus where he graduated from the Melkonian Educational Institute. His love for the Armenian Church began as a young boy serving as a candle bearer / momagal at St Kevork Church in his birthplace of Limassol.
Vartkes emigrated to London in 1960. He joined the choir at All Saints Church, formerly in St John’s Wood, in 1969. He continued his weekly commitment when the congregation moved to St Peter’s Church in 1975 which was later consecrated as St Yeghiche Church in 2001.
In 1975 he established a shoe business with his beloved brother Djivan in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. They enjoyed working together for 42 years until retiring in July 2017. Vartkes’ kindness, humility, patience and honesty gained him much love and respect both as a member of the Armenian Community and his local community.
Vartkes’ dedication to the Church grew deeper when the late Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian asked him to serve on the Altar in 1998. Four years later, Vartkes was ordained as Deacon / Sargavak by Bishop Nathan Hovhanissyan. Vartkes’ dedication was recognised by His Holiness Karekin II when he was honoured with the Pontifical Blessing and Appreciation / Hayrbedagan Orhnoutyun yev Knahadoutyunin 2004 having served on the altar every Sunday. Vartkes was ordained as Arch Deacon / Avak Sargavak in 2010 by Bishop Nathan Hovhanissyan.
In 2015 he was awarded the Letter of Blessings and Appreciation / Kir Orhnoutyun by Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Primate of the Diocese of the UK and Ireland. He continued to serve as Avak Sargavak until 2016
You are lovingly invited to the passing rites of
Wednesday 24th July 2019
Arrival 10:00am for 10:30am start
St Yeghiche Armenian Church
13b Cranley Gardens, Kensington, SW7 3BB
Arrival 1pm for 1:30pm Blessing
St Pancras and Islington Cemetery
278 High Rd, London N2 9AG (Area 11R)
The Family House
12 Glenilla Rd
London, NW3 4AS
All colours welcome
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to Rolf’s charity which develops professional and experimental instruments and music technology for musicians with living with disabilities
Please share this invite with friends who knew Rolf.
Manuel Manukyan, father of the Primate of the Diocese of UK Bishop Hovakim, passed away in Armenia on 15 June 2017 at the age of 65 due to complications following heart surgery. May his soul rest in peace.
Մահացած է Մանուէլ Մանուկեանը
Arevelk.am 15 Յունիս 2017 , 10:40
Այսօր 15 յունիս 2017-ին, սրտի յետվիրահատական բարդութիւններու պատճառով իր մահկանացուն կնքած է Լիբանանի Այնճար աւանէն 1946-ի ներգաղթեալ ընտանիքի շարաւիղ, 65-ամեայ Մանուէլ Մանուկեանը:
Հանգուցեալի հոգեհանգստեան արարողութիւնը տեղի պիտի ունենայ 16 յունիսին, Էջմիածինի Սուրբ Շողակաթ եկեղեցւոյ մէջ, ժամը 19:00-ին, իսկ յուղարկաւորութիւնը 17 յունիսին, ժամը 13:00-ին, հայրենի Ոսկեհատ գիւղի գերեզմանատան մէջ:
Նշենք, որ Մանուէլ Մանուկեան ծնած է Ռուսաստանի Պառնաուլի շրջանի Պայէվօ գիւղը (1951): Անոր աքսորուած ծնողները Ծերուն եւ Աննա Մանուկեաններ 1955-ին Սիպիրէն վերադարձած են Հայաստան եւ հաստատուած ներկայիս Արմաւիրի մարզի Ոսկեհատ գիւղին մէջ:
Ուսանած է Ոսկեհատի միջնակարգ դպրոցը (1958-1968 ), որմէ ետք ուսումը շրունակած է Երեւանի «Խաչատուր Աբովեան»ի մանկավարժական հիմնարկի, պատմութեան բաժինը (1969-1973): Ուսումը աւարտելէն ետք ծառայած է Խորհրդային Բանակին մէջ: Մինչեւ հանգիստի կոչուիլը, երկար տարիներ եղած է մանկավարժ՝ աշխատելով տարբեր շրջաններու մէջ: 1992-2012–ին եղած է Ոսկեհատի միջնկարգ դպրոցի տնօրէն: Զբաղուած է հասարակական եւ ազգային գործունէութեամբ:
Ունի երկու դուստր, մէկ զաւակ, երեք թոռներ: Եղած է կենսուրախ ու հիւմորով լեցուն անձ, կեանքի վերջին շրջանին զբաղուած էր գիւղատնտեսութեամբ:
Նշենք, որ հանգուցեալը հայրն է Հայաստանեայց Առաքելական եկեղեցւոյ Մեծն Բրիտանիոյ թեմի առաջնորդ Տ. Յովակիմ եպս. Մանուկեանին:
Mr. Varoojan Krikor Khachikian
The Istepanian family in London and the Khachikian family in Basra and Toronto request for the church and congregation prayers on the 40th day memorial (Hokehankist) for the soul of the late ‘Mr. Varoojan Krikor Khachikian’ who departed this world on Saturday 21st January 2017 in Basra, Iraq.
The Father of Helen, Arakel, Anna and Nina, beloved husband of Alice Gulamerian and brother to Victoria, Vergen, Zvart, Murad, Jerayr and the late Aram Khachikian.
Mr Varoojan was one of the leading, well known and beloved Armenian figures in Basra and Iraq.
For more than five decades he worked diligently for the welfare of the Armenian Community and for the Armenian Church in Basra. His informative speech topics for high school students work and memory will always be remembered by his family and friends all around the world.
There will be a 40th day Hokehankist at St. Yeghiche Armenian help with essay Church on the 26th February 2017 followed by lunch at 2pm in Navasartian Centre 223 Northfields Avenue, London, W13 9QU.
May God Bless his soul and his beloved family.
The Istepanian and Khachikian families (London, Toronto and Basra)
Nelly Hovsepian’s Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday 13th December at 11:00am, at Greenford Park Cemetery Chapel: Windmill Lane, Greenford, UB6 9DU, followed by Interment. Reception will follow at Navasartian Centre: 223 Northfields Avenue, London W13 9QU.
Any donations in lieu of flowers would be gratefully received by:
1) Armenian Relief Society of GB, C/o Mrs Janet Martirosian, 19 Somervell Road, Harrow HA2 8TY.
St. Yeghiché Armenian Church, 13b Cranley Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 3BB.
Nelly Hovsepian (Aftandilian) was born in Tabriz-Iran on 15th March 1928. She was the only child of Ashot and Siran Aftandilian. Her father Ashot Aftandilian, was privileged to have studied at Gevorkian Jemaran in Edjmiatzin-Armenia, during 1909 to 1912, where his music tutor and choirmaster was Komitas Vartapet. Her mother Siran Shahgaldian, was a University Graduate from Tibilisi-Georgia.
When Nelly was 13, the family moved from Tabriz to Tehran. There, she began taking English lessons from a private tutor, as well as taking an English Correspondence Course from Cambridge, UK, which resulted in her gaining a Proficiency Diploma in English Language and Literature. Afterwards she studied a two year Teacher’s Training Course at the British Institute in Tehran. This proved to be a life changing experience for Nelly, as she met her future husband Hovsep Hovsepian during this course.
After graduating, in 1949 she attained a job at the American Embassy, as a secretary and payroll officer. She was very proud that she could speak fluently, read and write five languages: Armenian, Persian, English, Russian and Turkish.
Nelly married Hovsep in 1951, while he was working at the British Embassy as Interpreter and Adviser. In 1952 he resigned from the British Embassy and obtained a higher position at the American Embassy, which later led to be the Senior Adviser to the Defence Attaché. In 1954 the couple had their first daughter Yolanda and in 1958 their second daughter Jacqueline was born. When Jacqueline started going to school, Nelly got a job as an English teacher at the same school.
In 1976 the two daughters left Iran and came to London to study. In 1978 the Revolution had already started in Iran and Hovsep having already retired in February that year, Nelly, Hovsep, Siran and Ashot left Iran for good and moved to London permanently, on a residence permit. The family was reunited.
They had a very active life in London. Nelly got involved in many different organisations, including: Armenian Relief Society, Ararat Song & Dance Ensemble, AGBU, Armenian House Ladies Committee, Anahid Association and Hayastan All Armenian Fund. She also worked for the Armenian Community Council as their administrative secretary, for four years. She was very much loved and respected by all in the community.
Nelly lost her father in 1981 but the most tragic and shocking incident was the sudden loss of her husband on 26/12/84, during a “holiday of a lifetime” in Florida, USA.
Nelly was a strong believer and a church lover. All her life Nelly has believed in the power of prayer and whatever problems she encountered, she could overcome by praying to God. She devoted herself to her family. She lost her mother in 1994. During the last six years of her life Nelly was suffering from Dementia due to Alzheimer’s, which is one of the most debilitating diseases.
She had a very kind nature and she took pleasure in helping other people in any way she could. She is survived by her two daughters and five grandchildren, four boys and one girl. Nelly’s grandchildren were the joys of her life.
Sadly, she passed away on 2/12/16 from Aspiration Pneumonia. She will be terribly missed by her family and many relatives and friends.
Aram and Arthur Shishmanian and their families are sad to announce the death of:
She passed away on Friday 18 March 2016
The funeral will be held at 11.30 a.m. on
Thursday, 31 March 2016 at
Saint Yeghiche Armenian Church
Cranley Gardens, London SW7 3BB
Followed by the internment at 1:20 p.m. at
Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Road, Richmond TW9 4EN
Margaret, better known as Peggy, was born in London on 18 November 1924 to Arthur Cane, a British diplomat, and Mariam Haratounian. Her father passed away early on in her life and she was brought her up by her step-father, Yeprem Sarkissian, as his own. She is survived by two stepbrothers, Rouben and George, whom she loved dearly. Peggy married Edward Shishmanian and they had three sons – Arthur, Alfred and Aram. She lived in London, Tehran, Kuwait and the South of France which she was particularly fond of.
Peggy was a devoted to her Armenian identity and played an active role in the community including serving as Chairlady of the AGBU Ladies Committee for a number of years.
Peggy had a magnetic personality with an inimitable zest for life and was generous with her love. She was the proud grandmother of; Amanda, Edward, Kevala, Natasha, Nectar, Olivia, Philip, Sebastian and Theodore and also of her great grandchildren; Noah and Eli.
She will be sorely missed.
Floral tributes should be sent to:
Chelsea Funeral Directors, 260b Fulham Road, Chelsea SW10 9EL
by midday on Wednesday, 30 March 2016.
Mrs Osanna Haladjian
1932 – 2015
Mrs Osanna Haladjian was born on 3rd March 1932 in Damascus, Syria.
In 1952 she was married to the late Bedros Haladjian and they were blessed with four children, Viken, Germaine, Hourie and Ara, and four grandchildren.
She lost her husband in 1971, very early on in their marriage, and consequently she performed the duties of both mother as well as father of the family and to bring up her four young children to become exemplary members of their community and Church.
Osanna Haladjian devoted her entire life to the service of God and charitable organisations, looking after and helping the Armenian elderly, the blind and orphans in Lebanon.
Two of her children, Viken and Houri, reside in the United Kingdom and both are active and respected members of the Armenian community in London and both are devoted to serving the church at St Yeghiche Church in Kensington.
Osanna Haladjian witnessed with pride the successes of her children and she was proud to see her son Viken elected to the position of Chairman of the St Yeghiche Church Parish Council as well as Member of the Armenian Community Council of the United Kingdom. She was also proud to see her daughter-in-law, Viken’s wife Dzovik serve as an active member of HOM-Armenian Relief Society and the ACC and the St Yeghiche Church Ladies Committees and her granddaughter Arda, in Homenetmen and other youth activities.
Osanna Haladjian passed away peacefully on the 27th of December 2015.
In accordance with her last wishes, her funeral service and interment will take place in Beirut, Lebanon.
May the Lord rest her soul in peace.
1956 – 2014
Vahan Hovanesian, a long-time ARF Bureau member and most recently, Armenia’s Ambassador to Germany passed away on Sunday 28th December after a long illness.
Vahan Hovanesian was born on August 16, 1956 in Yerevan.
He graduated with degrees in history and archaeology from the Moscow Pedagogical Institute in 1978 and received his Ph.D in history. From 1978-1980 he served in the Soviet army.
From 1980 to 1989 he worked as a research assistant and later as a head of the scientific research division in the Erebuni Museum. In 1989 he worked as a research assistant in the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography under the Academy of Sciences.
From 1990 to 1992 he was an active member of the Artsakh liberation movement.
From 1990 to 1992 he was a member of the ARF Central Committee of Armenia, becoming one of the first leaders of the organization in Armenia when it resurfaced during the latter days of the Soviet Union. In 1992 he became a member of the ARF Bureau, but in 1994 he was arrested after then president Levon Ter-Petrosian started a campaign of persecution against the ARF and shut down the party���s activities in the homeland.
After Ter-Petrosian’s resignation in 1997, Hovanessian served as adviser to Armenia’s new president Robert Kocharian and headed the Commission on issues of Local Self-Government until 1999.
In 1999, he was elected a member of Armenia�������s Parliament, becoming chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and National Security and Internal Affairs, and served until 2003 in the ARF’s parliamentary caucus.
On May 25, 2003 he was re-elected by the proportional system from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and elected Vice-President of the National Assembly on June 12.
He was also a member of both the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Faction and its bureau.
On May 12, 2007 he was elected as a deputy of the National Assembly by the proportional system from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.
On June 7, 2007 he was elected Vice-President of the National Assembly and on February 28, 2008 he resigned, after the ARF left the governing coalition in objection to the state’s plans to sign the Armenia-Turkey Protocols.
On 28 December 2013, Hovanesian was appointed as Armenia’s Ambassador to Germany.
A 7th day memorial service will be offered for his soul at St Yeghiche Armenian Church on Sunday 4th January 2015 after Divine Liturgy.
Rest In Peace Mrs. Siran Manoukian
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of Mrs Siran Manoukian, the wife of late Mr. Yeghiche Manoukian, in whose memory St Yeghiche Church was named, on 18th December 2014. Mrs. Manoukian mother of Vahe, Vatche, Varouj, Levon and Raffi, was born in Sivas (capital of the province of Armenia Minor) on January 1921. May God accepts her through his Heavenly gates and bless her soul and comfort all her family members.
The funeral service will be held at St Yeghiche Armenian Church, attended by His Holiness Karekin II, on Monday 22nd December 2014 at 12:00 noon.
It will be followed by a private family burial.
A book of condolences will be available this Sunday at St Yeghiche Armenian Church at Cranley Gardens, Kensington London SW7 3BB and a memorial service will be offered at the end of Divine Liturgy.