John leaves his mother Surapi Sue (Surabian) Bezdegian of Worcester,Massachusetts and was predeceased by his father Aram Edward Bezdegian. John leaves his brother David Bezdegian of Worcester, Massachusetts and sisters Janice and husband Stephen Phillips of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; Joanne and husband Thomas Yaylaian of Worcester, Massachusetts; and Margaret and husband Fred L’esperance of Worcester, Massachusetts. John leaves his nieces and nephew Talya and Brad Yaylaian, and Lori, Marni, and Tiffani L’esperance. John also leaves his sister-in-law Melvina and husband Donald Hutchins and brothers in-law Anthony and wife Sally Conklin; Hollis and wife Rita Conklin; Robert Hardy and John Hardy. John also leaves his aunts, uncles, and cousins.
John graduated from Burncoat High School in 1968 where he was an honor student and standout athlete, specializing in shot-put. He went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1972 and from Central New England College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He worked diligently for many years at Blue Cross Blue Shield, Commercial Union Insurance, and Keane, Inc.
John was a man of great integrity and intelligence who valued education and lived his life with impeccable attention to detail. He was a Latin scholar who traveled the world with an unceasing curiosity and desire to experience other cultures. John loved his home and cherished every moment spent with family, whether it was a quiet evening doing crossword puzzles with his loving wife or a huge family gathering. John was so proud of his beloved son Jonathan’s accomplishments as a musician and his face lit up every time he listened to his son play the organ, whether it be at a grand concert hall, church, or at home. John had a huge appetite when it came to his favorite Armenian dishes and even mastered a few of his father’s recipes along the way. First and foremost, John lived his life with great dedication to his home and to his family, as a husband, a father, grandfather, a son, a brother, and an uncle. He will be deeply missed by the many who loved him dearly.
John was a member of the Armenian Church of Our Saviour, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Funeral services will be held at the Armenian Church of Our Saviour, Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. with burial in Hope Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at Nordgren Memorial Chapel, 300 Lincoln St. on Monday, February 23, 2009 from 5-8 p.m. A Dahngark Service will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Armenian Church of Our Saviour, 87 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 or to Assumption College, Attn: Office of Campus Ministry, 500 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609. For directions and on-line condolences please visit: NordgrenMemorialChapel.com.