George Boornazian, 87, of Franklin, MA passed away peacefully at his residence at the Beaumont Nursing home in Natick, under their compassionate care on Thursday, March 16, 2017.
He was born in Queens, NY, the son of the late Peter and Anne (Hatch) Boornazian, his father having emigrated from Armenia and his mother having been raised in Sherborn, MA. He was also pre-deceased by his two brothers, Arthur and Peter, Jr.
He is survived by his former wife, Selma Cooper of New York, NY and their two sons; Glenn (and his wife, Norma Barbacci), of Brooklyn, NY and Neal, of Franklin, MA, as well as four grandchildren; Antonino and Isabella, of Brooklyn, NY and Travis and Miles, of Franklin, MA. He is also survived by two nephews, Raymond Boornazian (and his wife, Gladys) of Jamestown, RI and their family, and Gerald Boornazian of Liberty, NY; and three nieces, Peta-Jan DiStasi, Lesa Tocatlian and Kihm Boyajian and their families, of New Jersey.
George graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York City with the class of 1948 and went on to study at the Institute of Design (the American Bauhaus school) in Chicago, IL, where he studied as a fine artist after winning a full-scholarship competition. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served (including in battle in the Korean War), until his honorable discharge in 1954.
George drew on his many artistic talents in his work as a camera-man for various fine-printing businesses in New York City – as well as the creation of his own pieces of art, many of which are proudly displayed in the homes of the people he loved. He also loved photography, dancing, music and art in all its forms.
But he most loved his family and friends, who will remember him as funny, supportive and kind – a man who always had sincere interest in their lives and passions, and tried to find the beauty in everything and everyone.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial get-together on Saturday, March 25 from 12 – 4pm in the Ginley Funeral Home, 131 Main Street, Franklin, MA 02038
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in George’s memory, to a charity of one's choice.