Asbed "Ozzie" Zakarian, 83.
HIGHLAND BEACH Highland Beach is:
He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Margaret. In addition to Margaret, Asbed is survived by his sister, Berjoohie Zakarian, Worcester; sister-in-law, Shamiram Jamgochian and her husband Hagop of Bloomfield, CT; niece, Melanie Samsel and husband James of Grafton; nephew, James Jamgochian and wife Marilynn of Milford, CT; niece, Susan Atamian and husband Ed of Shrewsbury; grandchildren, Cristina Feden and husband Jeff; Elizabeth Beck and husband Ray; Lauren Fletcher and husband Eddy; Richard Jamgochian; Ross Atamian; Kirk Atamian; and great-granddaughter, Aubrey Feden.
Asbed was a graduate of Commerce High School and Worcester Junior College Worcester Junior College was a private two-year college located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prior to its closure in 1989, the College offered Associate's degrees in liberal arts and sciences, business and engineering. , where he received an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He enlisted in the US Army and served from 1943-1946 in World War II. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for Gallantry The Medal for Gallantry (MG) is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Australian Defence Force. It recognises acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances. The MG was introduced on 15 January 1991 replacing the Imperial equivalent. in Action as well as the Purple Heart Purple Heart
U.S. medal awarded to those wounded in military action. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
See : Bravery for Bravery.
Asbed was a loyal member of the 32nd Degree Shriner, the Worcester Art Museum The Worcester Art Museum, located at 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, is one of the largest art museums in Central Massachusetts. History and Collection Overview , Worcester Music, Montacute Masonic Lodge-AF & AM, Worcester County Sheriff's Department, International Wire Association and the Worcester Economic Club.
As an active member of the Armenian community, he received the Saint Nerses Shorhali Medal, the Diocesan Man of the Year Award, and the Saint Gregory Medal and Encyclical encyclical, originally, a pastoral letter sent out by a bishop, now a solemn papal letter, meant to inform the whole church on some particular matter of importance. Benedict XIV circulated the first known encyclical in 1740. , which is the highest honor bestowed upon a lay person. Asbed proudly served as a board member of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America and Saint Nerses Seminary. He was a Diocesan member of the Armenian Church, a life Trustee member of the Armenian Assembly of America Armenian Assembly of America, according to its website , aims to "strengthen U.S./Armenia and U.S./Nagorno Karabakh relations, promotes Armenia's and Karabakh's democratic development and economic prosperity and seeks universal affirmation of the Armenian Genocide" via , and the Armenian Heritage in Boston. He was a member of the Knights of Vartan and served as commander. He was passionately involved with his Church, The Armenian Church of Our Saviour in Worcester, of which he was a lifelong member. He was baptized bap·tize
v. bap·tized, bap·tiz·ing, bap·tiz·es
1. To admit into Christianity by means of baptism.
a. To cleanse or purify.
b. To initiate.
3. , raised and married in the Church. He was a member of the Cultural Center Building Committee, New England Regional Council, Vice-Chairman of the Men's Club and served for 12 years on the Parish Council, 4 of those years as its chairman.
In 1955, Asbed founded Wirefab, Inc. in Worcester, MA. As CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , "Mr. Z" oversaw the company's development into a major worldwide supplier of wire products.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, listening and dancing to good music, traveling, playing cards and social gatherings with his many friends.
Mr. Zakarian's funeral will be held Tuesday, August 12 at 11:00 AM at the Armenian Church of Our Saviour, 87 Salisbury St., Worcester. His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate will preside. Calling hours are at the Armenian Church of Our Saviour Monday, August 11 between 4:00 and 7:00 PM. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Nordgren Memorial Chapel, Worcester, MA 01605, (508)852-2161.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Armenian Church of Our Saviour, 87 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.