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Harry Toomajian

February 21, 1931 November 14, 2020
Harry Toomajian
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Obituary for Harry Toomajian

Harry Toomajian died on November 14, 2020 at the age of 89 in Florida.

Beloved husband of Jane.

Loving father of Michael (Jennifer A.) and Martin (Jennifer M.).

Cherished grandfather of Hunter, Jared, Jessica, Victoria, Natalie, and Cosette.

Dear uncle of Kathie Vosganian, Angelle Merriken, and Mark Khachadoorian.

Preceded in Death by his parents Kachador and Makroohi Toomajian, his brother Garabed Toomajian, and sisters Sarah Vosganian and Alyce Khachadoorian.

Visitation at St. John Armenian Church on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10:30a.m. until the funeral service at 11:30a.m.

Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flower memorial donations are to St. John Armenian Church 22001 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075 or the Frances Georgeson House 1095b Whippoorwill Ln, Naples, FL 34105.

Harry grew up in Detroit with his sisters, Sarah and Alyce, during the Great Depression (his older brother Garabed died at only one month old). As kids, they never really felt that they were poor. It was all they knew and they had each other. Though he did mention that he willingly gave his paper route money to help out with family expenses when needed (A teachable moment, as we were growing up, regarding the importance of family and personal obligations). As he stated, “We didn’t have much of anything except love and good friends whom we adopted as “family”, and “cousins”, because ours never survived the massacres in Armenia. It turned out reasonably well, I guess, because we were able to choose our friends and relatives, including those whom we called Uncle, Aunt and Cousin, to be our “relatives” ……. But in the recesses of our minds there was always the void that persisted, ……. as to what it would be like to have our real aunts, uncles and even grandparents”.

His parents, Kachador and Makroohi, were children of the Genocide and came to America at a young age and basically alone. They lost their families, and everything they owned, with the exception of a couple of sisters who made it to France. They had to start over from scratch and bore the burden of memories that were too painful to pass on. The children, when adults, offered to send Kachador to France to see his sisters, but he declined saying that he couldn’t bear to leave them a second time. His mother credited the Church with saving her life during the Genocide and instilled the importance of supporting the Church. Harry liked to sing and often mentioned that he was in the church choir. He also followed his mother Makroohi’s love of the church by strongly pushing Mike and Marty to attend Sunday School and participate in church. When they later became active in the church, he said Makroohi had a hand in it.

Harry started college at Wayne State studying Aerospace Engineering, but was drafted into the Army during the during the Korean War. After his military service, he returned home, but never returned to school. Instead, Harry married his wonderful wife, Jane, who stood by his side through 63 years of Marriage.

He worked two jobs to support his growing family and cared for his father, who at that time suffered a stroke. He continued to work hard and often took additional work home, staying up past midnight on his drafting board, to bring in extra money and provide a good life for the family.

He also took great satisfaction in helping people. Whether it was patching up the bumps, bruises and cuts and scrapes of his kids and their playmates, or donating money to people in need. He and Jane willingly gave his father Kachador’s caregiver, at the time of his stroke, money to start nursing school -- even though it severely stretched their own finances.

He took great joy in his grandchildren and was delighted to have lived to see them all move on to college. Just last August, he made the trip back to Michigan and was able to reunite with all of the grandkids, as well as many others that we have always considered family. It was truly a blessing that he was able to visit and, with his passing just three short months later, we all realized just how precious that time had become.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

21

Nov

10:30 AM 11/21/2020 10:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 11/21/2020 11:30:00 AM
St. John's Armenian Church

22001 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

St. John's Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Highway Southfield 48075 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

21

Nov

11:30 AM 11/21/2020 11:30:00 AM - 12:15 PM 11/21/2020 12:15:00 PM
St. John's Armenian Church

22001 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

St. John's Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Highway Southfield 48075 MI
United States

Graveside

Saturday

21

Nov

1:00 PM 11/21/2020 1:00:00 PM - 1:30 PM 11/21/2020 1:30:00 PM
Woodlawn Cemetery

19975 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48203

Woodlawn Cemetery
19975 Woodward Avenue Detroit 48203 MI
United States
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