Nick Kanian was born in Tehran, Iran on December 9, 1934 to Anoush & Galoust Babakhanian and entered eternal rest on March 3, 2019 at the City of Hope hospital after a lengthy and courageous battle with bladder cancer.
Nick immigrated to the United States in 1951 at the age of 16 where he attended John F. Francis Polytechnic High School before moving on to Los Angeles City College from which he received an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration. He transferred to the University of Southern California (USC) where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management in 1961.
Nick’s work life began shortly after his arrival in 1951, when he obtained a work permit & began working every day after high school and every day thereafter until his retirement in 2006. Nick was successful in various business ventures but none did he enjoy as much as his DEAMCO CORPORATION which he grew into a very prosperous business. He dabbled in real estate & construction along the way, obtaining those licenses as well.
He was involved in a variety of sports in his younger year and enjoyed soccer, football, water & snow-skiing with family & friends. Nick embraced American jazz in a variety of forms & visited clubs where he would listen to jazz & savor his Scotch. He enjoyed friends from all walks of life and enjoyed them all.
Nick is survived by his wife Mary, son Bradley, granddaughter Mercedes and a number of relatives and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held at noon on Friday March 15 at the Old North Church of Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hill. Burial will follow at the same cemetery. A memorial luncheon is also scheduled after the services.
His fondest desire was that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations were made to individuals’ favorite charity or City of Hope, 1500 E Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91020; the Armenian Educational Foundation, 600 West Broadway, Suite130, Glendale, CA 91204; or Homenetmen Glendale “Ararat” Chapter, 3347 N San Fernando Road. Los Angeles, CA 90068