Mardiros Martin Kanayan died on Sat., Dec. 26 at the age of 71 after a long illness. Marty was born May 1, 1938 in Bucharest, Romania to Gayane Kanayan and the noted Armenian hero General Dro Kanayan. He lived in Romania, Germany, Italy, and Lebanon before settling in Watertown, Mass. in 1951. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston and served in the United States Army Signal Corp. He was employed by Shell Oil Company in sales and marketing and as an economist in Shell’s Pecten International before retiring in 1997.
After retiring, Marty took an active interest in the Republic of Armenia. In 1998, he was invited to attend the 80th anniversary of the first Armenian Republic and at that time the Armenian government asked to have his father’s remains returned to his homeland. Marty worked tirelessly on this project and was delighted when General Dro’s remains were re-buried in Armenia in 2000. The reception of the Armenian government and the Armenian people moved him deeply. In addition to his many trips to Armenia, he loved to travel, particularly cruising.
Marty married Alice Daghlian in 1967 and they had two sons, Dro and Philip. He was predeceased by his parents and three brothers, Luther, Suren, and Gourgen. He is survived by his wife, Alice, his sons Dro and wife Lynn of North Andover, Mass., and Philip and wife Catherine Grace of Houston, and one granddaughter, Grace. He is also survived by his sister, Olga Proudian of Watertown, and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Wed., Dec. 30 from 7-9 p.m. at the Klein Funeral Home, 16131Champion Forest Dr. in Spring, Texas. An Armenian funeral will be held on Thurs., Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. at the Klein Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas.
Please, no flowers. Memorials in Marty’s name may be made to Armenia Fund, U.S.A., Inc., 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 301, New York, NY 10038 for the General Dro Institute.