In Memoriam: Nazareth Salbashian (1943-2019)

With deep regret, the Eastern Diocese mourns the untimely passing of Mr. Nazareth Salbashian, a longtime staff member at the Diocesan Center in New York, and manager of its St. Vartan Bookstore.

Nazareth passed away on July 2, following several weeks of hospitalization in Englewood, NJ. He was surrounded by his family. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Azniv, and a loving father to his three children, Maral, Lisa and Sevag.

From his birth in Beirut, Lebanon on November 21, 1943, to his last day, Nazareth nourished those around him with his positive spirit, sense of humor, kindness and love. Born to Khosrov and Haigouhi Salbashian, Nazareth graduated from the AGBU Hovagimian-Manoogian Secondary School and was educated at Haigazian University in Beirut. He worked in textiles for over two decades and dedicated the past 20 years to serving as the bookstore manager of the Eastern Diocese.

Nazareth was a faithful and patriotic Armenian who cherished his family and friends, and was loved and respected in return. He will be remembered as a ray of light who emanated warmth and generosity: a selfless and thoughtful individual with a strong work ethic and a sharp wit, always offering encouragement and support to his family, friends and colleagues.

Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan presided over the funeral service on Monday, July 8, at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral. Cathedral Vicar Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan, Diocesan Vicar Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Fr. Karekin Kasparian and Fr. Arshen Aivazian all participated.

In a touching eulogy, Bishop Daniel characterized Nazareth as “faithful to a fault”–citing his intense devotion to his family, his industriousness, and his lifelong embrace of the Armenian heritage. The Primate remembered him as a man who spoke the truth fearlessly, in a spirit of love and generosity towards others.

Nazareth is survived by his immediate family, his brothers Simpad and Koko Salbashian, his sisters Takouhie Pidedjian and Hermineh Babayan, and their families. He was predeceased by his brothers Hagop and Drtad, as well as his parents.

He will be sorely missed by his colleagues at the Diocesan Center, who prayed for his recovery and looked forward to their friend’s eventual return among them.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family of Nazareth Salbashian (402 Lawton Avenue, Apt. B, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010).

May our Lord remember his faithful servant Nazareth Salbashian on the day of his judgment.

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  1. Frank Avakian Stoneson / July 12, 2019

    God rest his soul. He was a caring man who spoke only the truth and what was on his mind. It’s been 12 years since I had the pleasure of working with him at the Diocese, but anytime I called the Bookstore, it was as if I never left. I will miss him and his sharp wit.

  2. Gillibert Patrice / July 23, 2019

    A really nice person. Going to the Saint Vartan bookstore and discussing with him became my yearly ritual when staying in New York. He has been instrumental in the development of my collection of Armenian books in France. He was always offering coffee, telling me typical Armenian stories and I was always greeted by his smile. I will miss him. May he rest in peace. My condoleances to his family.

  3. Bernard Poirier / August 7, 2019

    I only met Nazareth once in New York many years ago but being a supplier to the Bookstore I spoke to Nazareth many times and always got off the phone with a smile, he had a great sense of humor.
    I only found out today from one of his colleagues at the Diocese about his untimely death and I am very sad to hear this news.
    I will miss him and his sense of humor very much.My sincere condolences to his family and friends at the Diocese.

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