Armen P. Babamian, a longtime resident of New Milford, N.J., formerly of Cliffside Park, passed away on Dec. 24, 2012, at the age of 97.
Armen, a retired insurance salesman, an avid tennis player, and a world-renowned soloist, began his career in 1949 with the Armenian National Chorus of New York as a principal soloist. He was a choir master at St. Illuminator Armenian Church in New York City for 25 years and the conductor of the Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church in Ridgefield, N.J., for 25 years.
In 1999, he was the recipient of the Mesrob Mashdots Metal and Holy Encyclical Metal by Catholicos Aram I of Antelias. Armen is survived by his beloved wife Rita of 71 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Carole Abbatiello and her husband Joseph, and Armen J. Babamian and his wife Amelia; and loving grandfather of Christine Manning (Michael), Lynn Madden Toufayan (Arthur), Joseph Abbatiello (Carissa), Gernelle Bokuniewicz (Dan) and Armen P. Babamian II. He has 10 terrific great-grandchildren and is survived by a large extended family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church or the American Heart Association.