Arthur Simonian, 87, of New Britain, Conn., died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. He was born in Bronx, N.Y., Jan. 25, 1930, (as he liked saying, across from “Yankee Stadium”). He was the son of Karekin and Aghavne (Kaprielian) Simonian, both Armenian genocide survivors, and was married for 67 years to Lucy R. (Yessian) in New Britain.
He was blessed with four devoted sons, Mark of New Britain, Guy (Darlene) of West Hartford, Arthur G. (Sylvia) of Farmington, and beloved deceased son, Craig; four cherished grandchildren, Sara of San Diego, Calif., Douglas of Rockville Centre, Long Island, N.Y., Megan and Lauren of Farmington, Conn.; brother, George Simonian of Cliffside Park, N.J., several nieces and nephews, and a special niece, Lee Abrahamian of New York City; cousin, Mary Omartian and family of Springfield, Mass. He had a close relationship with his extended families: Abrahamian, Maljanian, and Manusak Terdjanian.
Arthur was educated at George Washington High School, Washington Heights, N.Y., CCNY of New York, and CCSU of New Britain. He received his Master’s degree from RPI, Troy, N.Y. in management engineering. In his senior year of high school he was appointed by the late Senator Jacob Javits to attend Annapolis Academy, but declined.1 Prior to moving to New Britain, he worked at the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street, N.Y. as a Specialty Clerk for the firm of Spear Leeds and Kellogg. He was employed by Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Conn. as Director of Information Systems for 40 years.
Arthur was a regular member of Shuttle Meadow Country Club where he especially enjoyed the company of his Wednesday golf buddies. Among his interests were Casino poker, Sunday night Setback with family members, reading the Wall Street Journal and the Armenian Mirror Spectator, and watching the Fox TV channel. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Giants. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, especially their trip to historic Armenia. Among his other activities and accomplishments were teaching “Operations Research” at the RPI Graduate Center when it first opened, delegate for the Armenian Diocesan Assembly, Financial Chairman of the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection Building Committee, member of the New Britain City Planning Commission, Chairman of the Regional Planning Commission, Board of Directors for the Mattabassett District and Advisor to New Britain General Hospital on their computerization upgrade. Prior to his retirement, he developed and established the U.T.C. Corporate Center on Fenn Road in Newington, Conn.
We especially wish to thank his parish priest, Father Kapriel Mouradjian for his comforting visits, his caregivers Eva, Ray, and Nurse Eugene for their exceptional care throughout his illness.
Arthur had a sense of family, dignity, and class with strong work ethics and principles passed on to his sons and grandchildren. He will be remembered, loved, and respected for his generosity, kindness, and wisdom.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection, 1910 Stanley St., New Britain, CT 06053. Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please share a memory of Arthur with the family in the online guestbook at www.ericksonhansen.com