Nazareth (Hoagy) Azarian, age 90, of Fairfield, CT, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2023, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT. Mr. Azarian was born in Aleppo, Syria to the late Azar and Victoria Azarian. In 1937 at the age of four he moved to the US with his family and resided in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In his late teens he and his family moved to Albany, NY. He attended St. Peter Armenian Church and was a member of its Armenian Christian Youth Organization and served on various committees. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. In 1961 he married Margaret Rustigian in Stockton, California and following their honeymoon in Las Vegas, Nevada, they set up their home in Albany, NY. Following his marriage, he and Margaret became active members of St. Peter Armenian Church, both serving on various committees. They have one son Gary Albert.
1n 1977 Mr. Azarian moved with his family to Fairfield, Ct. He was self-employed in commercial real estate and was an active member of the Armenian Church of the Holy Ascension and served for many years in the Choir. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and made several trips to parts of the US and Europe, Mexico, Middle East, and Armenia. He was a quiet, private and prayerful man who lived out his faith as Jesus Christ asked us to do in Ephesians 2:8-10 and James 2:14-18. When opportunities arose to help others he was there, not only at home but in Armenia, the country of his heritage. When an earthquake hit Armenia in 1988 and killed upwards of 25,000 people and injured many thousands more he volunteered and helped where he was needed. When the Armenian Azerbaijan conflict happened, he went to Armenia again to help with the refugee crisis and returned often to help with an Armenian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) affiliated with USAID that aided the refugee homeless and elderly. The NGO opened up food kitchens in many sections of Armenia that also included a vocational program that trained young men and women in different fields of work. When his wife did Christian mission work in Armenia, he traveled with her and supported the program in its different aspects. Never drawing attention to himself, he lived out his faith for the glory of God.
He is survived by his beloved wife Margaret of 62 years, his devoted son Gary Azarian and his wife Jacqueline; two cherished grandchildren, Gary Azarian Jr. and Bryan Azarian and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.
Services were private.
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Memorial contributions may be made to the Armenian Church of the Holy Ascension (ACHA), 1460 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611
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