John P. Amboian: A Pillar of His Church

(1931-2019)

John P. Amboian, 1931-2019

John P. Amboian of Andover, Mass. passed away peacefully in the comfort of the High Pointe House on March 16 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of Patricia (McLarnon) Amboian for 60 years. Devoted son of immigrant parents, the late Asadour and Tourvanda (Juknavorian) Amboian. Treasured father of Michael E. Amboian and his wife Patricia (Rook) of Methuen, MA; John P. Amboian Jr. and his wife Ann (Lee) of Winnetka, IL; Leslie Amboian and fiancé John Royce of Manchester, NH. Cherished grandfather (Papa) of Michael Jr., Megan, Andrew, Madison, and Alexander Amboian; Mitchell, and Lucas Takessian. Brother of Rose Amboian and Sandra (Amboian) Boroyan of Chelmsford, MA. Beloved uncle of numerous nieces and nephews.

John was born in July of 1931 in Lowell, MA. John was a magna cum laude graduate of Northeastern University earning a bachelors in Business. John was a former member of the Directors of the National Council of Northeastern University and a member of the Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Fraternity of the University.

During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant, receiving several medals and decorations.

John was a retired senior vice president of administration of the former Arkwright Mutual Insurance Company, which merged into the FM Global Insurance Company. He retired in 1992 after 32 years of service.

He was a former president of the Boston Chapter of the Budget Executives Institute and a member of the National Financial Executives Institute. John served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Waltham, Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Town of Dracut, Massachusetts.

John was an active member of several fraternal organizations, some of which included: Pentucket Masonic Lodge in Lowell Massachusetts; 32 Degree Scottish Rite; Aleppo Shriner; Armenian Knights of Vartan; Armenian-American Veterans of Lowell; Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts.

John was a lifelong active member of Saints Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church of Chelmsford, MA. He served in several significant leadership positions in his parish, along with leadership roles in the New England Region and with the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. John was a Diocesan Delegate for 32 years and chair of the 1995 Diocesan Assembly Host Committee among others. In 1996, John chaired the Pontifical Visitation Committee to the New England Region, upon the visit of His Holiness Karekin I Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians of blessed memory.

John’s willingness to give generously of his time and talents found him elected to the Diocesan Council and as a member of the Diocesan Board of Trustees of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. John has served as a member of the St. Nersess Armenian Seminary Board of Directors; he has also been a recipient of the prestigious St. Nersess Shnorhali Medal from the Holy See in Armenia.

In 2007, the Diocese honored John by selecting him as “Armenian of the Year.”

He was part of the delegation which represented our Diocese at the 1995 and 1999 National Ecclesiastical Assemblies, which convened in Holy Etchmiadzin in the Republic of Armenia. The purpose was to participate in the 1995 election of His Holiness Karekin I, Catholicos of all Armenians of blessed memory; and in the 1999 election of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, March 19 from 4-8 pm in the sanctuary of Saints Vartanantz Armenian Church (180 Old Westford Rd., Chelmsford, MA). Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 11 a.m. in the church followed by a procession to Edson Cemetery in Lowell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saints Vartanantz Armenian Church. Arrangements by the McDonough Funeral Home (14 Highland St., Lowell, MA).

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