PINELLAS PARK, FL – On Sunday, April 24, 2022, the Armenian American community of Tampa/St. Petersburg will gather at St. Hagop Armenian Church, 7020 90th Ave, Pinellas Park, FL 33782, for Divine Liturgy (Badarak) at 10:00AM with a special Armenian Genocide Martyrs Service, and traditional flower laying procession to the St. Hagop Genocide Memorial.
Fellowship will follow in Shahnasarian Hall with an author discussion with Julia Dadekian on her book “The Quiet Genocide” and a short video of the Gevorkyan Dance Academy tribute to the Armenian Genocide.
In Memoriam: Agop ‘Jack’ Mouradian, Vasken Minassian, Harout Stambolyan, Michael Pirzadian, Avedis Mangasar
BOCA RATON, FL – Please see information below about members of the Florida Armenian American community who recently passed away. Florida Armenians offers our sincere condolences to the families of the departed.
Agop ‘Jack’ Mouradian (1938-2022)
Dearly beloved, long-time member of St. Hagop Armenian Church community in Western Florida, Agop ‘Jack’ Mouradian, of Brandon, FL, went to his eternal rest on February 16, 2022. The Pastor and Parish Council of St. Hagop Church, on behalf of our entire community, wish to express our condolences to Agop’s loving wife Victoria, his siblings, his children Krikor (Janice) and Hovhannes (Siran), his grandchildren and their entire family. May God illuminate his soul and the peace of Christ abide in him.
Please join the Mouradian family for funeral services at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, 2323 West Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511 and fellowship meal. Click here to make in lieu of flowers donations in memory of Agop.
- Visitation: Wednesday, February 23th from 11:00AM-12:00PM
- Chapel Funeral Service: Wednesday, February 23th at 12:00 PM
- Burial: Immediately following church service.
- Memorial Meal (Hokejash) to follow at Mouradian Home
Vasken Minassian (1927-2022)
Dearly beloved, and long-time servant leader of St. Hagop Armenian Church, Vasken Minassian, of Tampa, FL went to his eternal rest on February 15, 2022. The Pastor and Parish Council of St. Hagop Church, on behalf of our entire community, wish to express our condolences to Vasken’s loving wife Karen, his daughter Donna, grandchildren Michael, Christopher & Summer Nichole, along with their entire family. May God illuminate his soul and the peace of Christ abide in him.
Please join Vasken’s family for funeral service and fellowship meal at St. Hagop Armenian Church, 7020 90th. Ave. N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.
Click here to make in lieu of flowers donations in memory of Vasken to St. Hagop Armenian Church.
Visitation: Thursday, February 24th from 10:30AM-11:30AM.
Church Funeral Service: Thursday, February 24th at 11:30 AM in the St. Hagop Sanctuary.
Memorial Meal (Hokejash) to follow in Shahnasarian Hall.
Harout Stambolyan (1964-2022)
Harout Stambolyan was born on March 9, 1964 in Yerevan, Armenia to Yeranui and Arshavir Stambolyan. He was the youngest of four siblings, sister Armenuhi and brothers Toros and Minas.
In his teenage years, Harout discovered his first passion, music. While in Yerevan, him and three of his close friends formed a band, Tessilck, where Harout became lead singer and guitarist. Even with his love for music, Harout also found a strong passion for designing and crafting jewelry. You would often find Harout sketching jewelry designs for Stambolian, the company he built with his wife, Arus.
Arus and Harout were engaged in 1990, and were married in 1991, in Queens, New York. They eventually settled in Boca Raton, Florida. Together, they raised two handsome sons, Arshak and Karo. For Harout, there was nothing more important than family. He was a remarkable husband, father, uncle, brother, son, and friend to all.
The Armenian church played an important role in Harout’s life. He cared deeply about the St. David Armenian Church community and actively volunteered his time and efforts every chance he had.
Wake will be held at St. David Armenian Church, 2300 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431 on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 5:00PM – 8:00PM.
Funeral Service will begin at St. David Armenian Church on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 12:00PM, followed by burial service at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 200 W Copans Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33064.
Hokejash will be served following the burial service at Rafina Greek Taverna, 6877 SW 18th St., Boca Raton, FL 33433 at 2:30PM.
Upon request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. David Armenian Church.
Michael Pirzadian (1940-2022)
The Armenian community of Central Florida mourns the loss of parishioner Michael Pirzadian, who passed away on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. We pray for the rest of his soul in peace, and ask Almighty God to grant comfort his family and all those who feel his loss.
Mr. Pirzadian was born on December 9, 1940 in Iran. Mr. Pirzadian is survived by his wife Anahid Pirzadian; children Yvette Pirzadian, Annette Pirzadian and Jannette Pirzadian; as well as many other extended family members.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Soorp Haroutiun Armenian Church, 9274 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. Orlando FL, 32836.
Avedis Mangasar (1960-2022)
A beloved member of the Western Florida Armenian American community, Avedis Mangasar, of Clearwater, FL, went to his eternal rest on January 29, 2022. The Pastor and Parish Council of St. Hagop Armenian Church, on behalf of our entire community, wish to express our condolences to Avedis’ loving wife Naira and his children Moses & Matthew along with their entire family. May God illuminate his soul and the peace of Christ abide with him.
Visitation was held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 10:30AM-11:00AM.
Church Memorial Service was held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 11:00AM at St. Hagop Armenian Church, 7020 90th. Ave. N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782.
Committal service will follow church service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 5233 118th Ave N, Clearwater, FL 33760.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – St. Pete Opera is staging, Semele, Handel’s glorious music and story of unbridled love, jealousy, and revenge, with an an energetic modern makeover. The opera features Australian-Armenian opera singer Christopher Nazarian, in the role of Cadmus.
Semele, the latest mortal dalliance of Jupiter, becomes convinced that she won’t be happy until she is made immortal. Opposing her plan is Juno, Jupiter’s long-suffering wife, who schemes Semele’s downfall.
Handel’s brilliant English opera, set to a comic libretto by Restoration poet William Congreve, shows a full range of innocent love, nearly unchecked libido, jealous rage, ambition, regret and triumph.
The score includes such familiar favorites as “Where e’er you walk,” “Iris, hence away!” and “Myself I shall adore.”
The cast features:
- Semele – Holly Flack
- Jupiter – Kyle Tomlin
- Juno – Sara Couden
- Cadmus – Christopher Nazarian
- Athamas – Ryan Belongie
- Iris – Stephanie Jabre
The play is sponsored by, Bud & Betty Shapiro. It will be sung in English with English text above the stage.
The play runs on February 4th, 6th & 8th at The Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For tickets, click here or call the box office at 727-823-2040.