Obituary: Vartkes Sinanian

Vartkes Sinanian passed away on Sat., Nov. 22, in Glendale, Calif. Sinanian was born in Nicosia, Cyprus, on March 7, 1926.

Vartkes Sinanian
Vartkes Sinanian

Sinanian is survived by his widow, Margo Sinanian; his son and daughter-in-law, the Honorable Judge Zaven and Armenia Sinanian; his daughter and son-in-law, Ani and Hagop Labejian; grandchildren, Daniel and Lori Sinanian and Patille and Sarine Labejian; as well as many loving cousins, relatives, and friends.

Sinanian was a longtime contributor to the Armenian Weekly. His series of witty columns, “One-Liners from Chicago,” which covered aspects of Armenian community life in Chicago, were reader favorites in the 1970s and 80s. The Armenian Weekly staff extends its condolences to Sinanian’s family and friends.

Funeral Services will take place on Sat., Nov. 29, at 9:30 a.m. at Glendale Forest Lawn, Church of the Recessional.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ARS Syria Fund or Asbarez newspaper.

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  1. In 1947 I was stationed in Egypt and used to take my leave entitlement in Nicosia .. That’s when I met both Vartkes, and his close friend Missak Dombourian. In those few, carefree weeks, in our early twenties we became close friends : they were both really lovely people ! Obviously, when my tour of duty abroad ended, I returned to Britain and so, inevitably, our ways parted and we lost touch. Something made me “google” him today ; I wished I had done so a couple of years earlier and now it is too late.
    My condolences to his widow and to all his clan.

    • Hello,
      I am Missak Dombourian’s niece. I was wondering if you have any stories of him. My Mother tells me he was an excellent field hockey player and worked at Brantford Nylons.

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