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Razmik Gharibian

September 5, 1944 September 1, 2020
Razmik Gharibian
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Razmik was born in Yerevan Armenia, on September 5th 1944, to Moushegh and Janya Gharibian. His Grandparents were Survivors of the Armenian Genocide from the province of Van who later settled in the historic town of Oshagan where St. Mesrob Mashdots the Inventor of the Armenian Alphabet is buried.

Razmik had wonderful childhood memories of visiting his grandparents and playing in the gushing waters of the spring flowing downhill from the monastery. At an early age Razmik was interested in music. He loved Jazz and Rock-and-roll. As an accomplished guitar player with several of his friends in the 60’s formed the famous “AYK” Band, “The Dawn” they performed throughout of the Soviet Union, and they were the main attraction at the annual Soviet Young Pioneers Jamborees on the shores of the Black Sea. Besides being an entertainer, Razmik was a brilliant Electronics Technician, and was employed by the prestigious Mergelyan Research Institute in Yerevan where they developed and produced computer equipment, and control systems for military and civilian purposes.

On a faithful Summer afternoon, in July of 1972 while entertaining tourists on the roof of the famous ANI Hotel in Yerevan, Razmik met Helen who was visiting Armenia with a group of young Armenian women from Detroit. It was Love at First Sight. Upon her return home Helen was determined to bring the charming Armenian musician out of the Soviet Union. She had to circumvent many obstacles and red tape and after couple of trips back to Armenia, the young couple were married in Yerevan on November 22nd 1972, Two years later overcoming all sorts of travel restrictions, in May of 1974 Razmik arrived in the United States. Soon they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Ani, who became their joy and pride. In spite of his advanced electronics skills, Razmik had difficulty finding suitable employment due to language barrier. However he was determined to attain his American Dream. In 1988 along with Helen’s administrative skills they founded Premier Electronics Inc. an advanced Fire Alarm Installation and Monitoring Company in Clinton Township Michigan. In a few short years Razmik was able to turn his company into a successful enterprise with strategic partnerships with industry leaders. Due to his deteriorating health, Razmik retired in 2018 after 32 years being at helm of his company. He was a hard working man a loving husband and devoted father. He was a member of the local Masonic Lodge and a dedicated Knights of Vartan Asbed for 35 years a member of the Nareg Shavarshan Lodge # 6 In Detroit.

Razmik cherished his Armenian heritage; he was a true American Armenian patriot and a very generous man. He never forgot his relatives and friends in Armenia. He was instrumental in sponsoring his brother Rafig and other family members who immigrated to the U.S. He was loved and respected by all his friends. Razmik loved music and never missed major concerts, always had extra tickets to invite friends to accompany him. He was a walking encyclopedia of music, knew every tune from the Motown bands and the Beatles. Lately he was hooked to Elvis’s Gospel Music, and most of all adored Charles Aznavour.
Razmik was a practical Christian, not your typical church goer. For him religion was a private matter. That’s why he wanted to be cremated and his ashes to be interned with his predeceased loved ones in Armenia.

The last two years were hard on the family as Razmik struggled with dementia and complications of pancreatic cancer. Last Monday on September 1st, 2020 four days before his 76th Birthday, Razmik Gharibian made his transition from this world to eternity.
He is survived by his beloved wife Helen and daughter Ani Gharibian.

Dear brother of Susan and the late Rafael and the late Rima.

He will also be missed by his nieces, nephews, friends and family in the US and Armenia.

A private funeral has taken place.

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