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Simon Tashjian

August 23, 2013 March 25, 2013
Simon Tashjian
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Simon Tashjian was born Simonik Arslanian on Aug.23, 1913 in Yozgot Turkey. He was the third of four children. He never met his two older siblings. His oldest brother was killed by the Ottoman Turks along with his father. A sister died from an illness. Three year old Simon with his mother and aunt escaped Yozgot by living with a wealthy Turkish family in another town. Slowly they made their way to Istanbul where his mother sold cheese and halva in the bazaar in order to secure passage on a Greek ship heading to New York. After months, with frequent stops and break downs, they finally landed at Ellis Island. They moved to Philadelphia and his mother married Sahag Tashjian. While in PA., he met his beloved wife Alice in kindergarten. Soon after, his family moved to Highland Park, MI, another son was born, Nubar Tashjian. Simon changed his last name to Tashjian so he would have the same name as his brother. At the age of 14, Si was driving a truck for his father's cleaning business among several other odd jobs. At the age of 15, in 1928, he had saved enough money to buy his own car; quite an accomplishment for that era. He took the family back to PA for many visits but mainly to court the beautiful Alice whom he fell in love with back in kindergarten. If asked, Alice always said Simon was the man she was going to marry. The marriage in 1936 lasted 64 years until Alice's death in 2000. At the age of 19 he graduated from Kroger's meat cutting school and soon became the youngest manager of a Kroger meat department. When WW2 broke out, Si was supporting many people in his family (his step-father had died and the younger men in the family went to war). He was assigned to work at Detroit Diesel and within a matter of months he was promoted four times. After the war, Simon started his own meat market and continued with other ventures in the food industry. Simon is survived by his two children, Dr. James Simon Tashjian and Diana (Richard) Aginian, three granddaughters; Dawn Aginian, Marla (Eric) Whaley and Sari Tashjian. He also has two great grandsons: Raffi Simon and Aren Rees Whaley. He belonged to many organizations including; a 32nd degree Mason, the Shriners, the first commander of Nareg Lodge, active in AGBU since 1936, on the Church Parrish Council for 8 years and developed the Church pledge system. Among the many honors and awards Simon received the most cherished were the medals received from Catholicos Karekin II in 2007 & Archbishop Barsamian, Primate in 2012. He was truly a renaissance man and survivor who lived life fully, and had a deep love for his Church, family and community.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013 10:00 a.m.

St. Johns Armenian Church 22001 Northwestern Highway Southfield, MI 48075


Tuesday, April 2, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

St. Johns Armenian Church 22001 Northwestern Highway Southfield, MI 48075

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