Obituary: Antranig Afarian, active leader of the Tekeyan Cultural Association and member of the ADL


DUARTE, Calif. – Antranig Diran Afarian, who died February 19, was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on April 8, 1933.

His family took a vacation in Beirut, Lebanon when Antranig was still a child, and they were forced to stay in Beirut due to the start of World War II. There Antranig married and had three sons. Eventually, in 1975, they emigrated to the United States. Afarian worked for over 15 years, until his retirement in 1998, as a civil engineering drafting technician for Los Angeles Water and Power.

He and his late wife Sirouhi (“Siroug”) were active in the Pasadena-Glendale Chapter of the Tekeyan Cultural Association for many years. They played a prominent role in the special monthly dinners which for a time were important in local community life. Additionally, Antranig faithfully served as Treasurer of the Beshgeturian Center of the Tekeyan Cultural Association in Altadena for a long time. Antranig was also a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Armenia. The funeral and interment was held at Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, California on February 26.

He is survived by his son, Diran and Rosalin Afarian; grandsons, Anto Afarian and Christina Melkonian; granddaughter, Garin Afarian and Khatchik Arabian; sons, Raffy and Debby Afarian; grandsons, Armen and Sarah Afarian; grandsons, Alec and Valerie Afarian; sons, Ara and Rita Afarian and daughter, Christine; sister, Ardemis and Sarkis Teshoian; deceased brother, Mardiros Afarian’s wife, Maral Afarian; nephew, Hagop and Aleen Afarian and children; nephew, Sevag and Cindy Afarian and children; and all of the Afarian, Teshoian, Nazarian, Madenian, Klein, Tanielian, Der Stepanian and Semerdjian families, relatives and friends.


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