The Eastern Diocese was deeply grieved by the passing of Martin Albert Kalustian, who passed away on June 20. Mr. Kalustian, the father of former Diocesan Council chair Deacon James Kalustian, peacefully entered his eternal rest surrounded by loved ones. He was 98.
His funeral was held on June 25 at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge, MA, where Martin and his family were lifelong members, and where he served in many capacities with great love and distinction. Parish pastor Fr. Vasken Kouzouian led the funeral service. Diocesan Vicar Fr. Simeon Odabashian represented Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan, and read a special condolence message from the Primate.
“I had the very great good fortune of knowing Martin in person, and had the privilege of spending time with him in recent years,” wrote Bishop Daniel. “He was a man of integrity, deeply committed to our Lord and the Armenian Church. As a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps, Martin was a patriot who loved America and its noble ideals. He was no less a patriot to his homeland of Armenia, its ancient history and spiritual heritage, and its promise for the future.”
He continued: “Needless to say, Martin shared his happy life and outlook with his beloved wife, Mimi, who predeceased him. Together, they were wholly dedicated to their two sons, Dr. Albert and James Kalustian, on whom they bestowed their fine and faithful qualities.”
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made in Mr. Kalustian’s memory to Holy Trinity Church (145 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138).
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May our risen Lord bless the soul of his servant, and remember him on the great day of his return.