Activist, Benefactor Vigen Shaghzoian Passes Away

Vigen Shaghzoian

LOS ANGELES—Long-time activist and benefactor Vigen Shaghzoian passed away Friday leaving behind a legacy of service and generous philanthropy in communities throughout the world.

A state funeral will be held on Saturday, February 26 at 2 p.m. at Glendale’s St. Mary’s Armenian Church and will be presided over by Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirosian. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

During his lifetime, Shaghozian has contributed to several community organizations, including the Armenian Cultural Foundation, the Armenian National Committee, the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, the Prelacy of Kuwait and the Gulf Region, the Armenian School in Kuwait and the community center in Lebanon, which was called the Shaghzoian center.

Condolences have been offered to the family by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Central Committee, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia and Archbishop Mardirossian, on behalf of the all the boards and committees function under the auspices of the Western Prelacy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Armenian Cultural Foundation’s “Vigen Shaghzoian Fund.”

In upcoming editions of Asbarez, we will highlight Shaghzoian’s lifetime of service to the Armenian community and the Armenian cause.


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  1. Ruth & Ernest McCray said:

    We are very sorry about the death of Mr. Vigen. I (Ruth) worked in his company in Kuwait for about three years. His intelligence, generosity and sense of humor (in one of the papers I passed for his signature – I was Assistant Chief Accontant of Ali Sayegh – he wrote “you go to hell” . I was quite shocked, but then my husband made it better by saying: “why didn’t you ask him for a map” – The invoice had been returned by him two or three times without any comment, therefore, I assumed that he had not seen it! ) He and Mr. Archevir were wonderful human beings. We did not have the chance to meet closely Mr. Vigen’s wife, nor his children, but we send them our condolences. Strangely, this morning, I woke up remembering the good times I had in Ali Sayegh and asked my husband to check in the internet whether the Shagzos were in the U.S. What a pity I did not think that before. Ruth M. McCray

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