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George Osganian

March 6, 1933 ~ January 30, 2021 (age 87)


Sand Lake, NY – George Osganian, 87, died peacefully at Samaritan Hospital, January 30, 2021. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Lucy Shakarjian and George P. Osganian and was the loving husband of Elizabeth (Betty) Ackenbrack Osganian of 53 years. George resided in Troy all his life and was a graduate of Troy High School, class of 1951, where he played basketball, baseball and football under the direction of Coach Edward C. Picken.

He entered the United States Army in 1953 during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. He attended Hudson Valley Community College and received an associate’s degree in heating and air conditioning. While at HVCC he played first string on the basketball team. George also played for the Haymakers in the Amateur League and was past commander of the former Simonian-Avakian Veterans Post, Watervliet.

In 1994 he retired from Coca-Cola Bottling Company after 33 years of service. George is a 33° Mason and life time member of the Apollo/King Solomon Masonic Lodge Troy, Grand Lodge, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Albany and Oriental Temple of the Shriners. George was an avid member and volunteer of the Edward C. Picken Troy High School Athletic Hall of Fame, inducted in 2003, and served on many of the committees to further the award fund of the organization. George was a lifelong Boston Red Sox and New York Giants fan. As a hobby George enjoyed building Adirondack furniture for his family and friends and helping his sons with their home projects. George was an avid fisherman and was thankful to his nephew David and friend Mike for the many times they took him fishing. He was a communicant of St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Watervliet.

Survivors in addition to his wife, Betty, include three sons, Eric (Amy) of Geneseo; Michael (Debbi) of Virginia; and Mark (LeeAnn) of Sand Lake. George was the loving grandfather of Natalie Rose, Daryle Mackenize, Nellie Elizabeth and Camille Josephine of Geneseo; Ashley Elizabeth of Virginia, and Olivia Leigh and Nathan James of Sand Lake. He was the brother of Richard Osganian (Libby), NC and the late Ann Osganian Vartigian, brother-in-law of Marlene and John Elacqua. In addition, he is also survived by David (Susan)Vartigian, Daniel (Karen) Vartigan, Debbie Erlandson, Susan (Mike) Barner, Nancy Osganian, Greg (Jennifer) Osganian and Matthew Osganian well as several grand and great niece, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call at Bryce Funeral home on Saturday February 6 from 10am – 12pm. Interment will be in the Heroes section of  Memory Gardens, Colonie, NY.

“Flowers soon fade away" so please, in lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to honor George can do so by making a contribution in his name to the Shriners Children’s Hospital of Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114 or St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church, 100 Troy Schenectady Road, P.O. Box 196, Watervliet, NY 12189.

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February 6, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bryce Funeral Home, Inc.
276 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180


Shriners Hospital for Children
51 Blossom Street, Boston MA 02114

St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church
100 Troy-Schenectady Road, PO Box 196, Watervliet NY 12189

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