Brunswick - R. Mihran Mooradian, an upstanding local businessman who was most fulfilled when surrounded by his large and loving family, died in Cohoes, NY, on July 12, 2021, at 89, with family by his side.
A resident of Brunswick Hills for more than 60 years, Mihran was born in Troy, NY, in 1931 to the late Alice V. Toomajian and Mihran Mooradian. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Ovsanna Yahnian Mooradian; his children, Susan (Del Mar, NY), Robert (Needham, MA), Linda Della Volpe (and John of Concord, MA), David (and Tara of Troy); grandchildren, Andrew, Alexandra, Emma Della Volpe; and Julia, David Jr., and Ana Mooradian; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister, Lucille Quinn and brothers, M. Richard Mooradian and M. Edward Mooradian.
Mihran graduated from Troy High School in 1949; he was class president and organized a class reunion one year after graduation, and every five years since. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College (Honors in History) and his Master’s in History and International Relations from Clark University, where he was a Clark Scholar.
While at Clark, Mihran met and fell in love with Ovsanna, an international student from Beirut, Lebanon, who he would marry one week after graduation in 1958. Upon returning to Troy, Mihran entered the family business with his brothers, later welcoming his son, David and nephew, Bill into the company. Together, they operated Mooradian’s Furniture stores in Cohoes, Troy, Watervliet, and later Albany.
In retirement, Mihran enjoyed the company of the ROBs most Friday mornings at the Country Club of Troy; trimming fruit trees in his beautiful yard; and making shish on the grill for family gatherings. With his wife, Mihran enjoyed following politics and current affairs. They traveled extensively, including throughout much of Europe, the Middle East, and his beloved Armenia. Mihran was an active member and Parish Council Chairman of Saint Peter Armenian Church in Watervliet where he served two four-year terms, first in the 1970s and again in the 1990s. He served as president of the Cohoes Rotary Club, the Cohoes Commerce and Industry Association, and the Cohoes Community Center. He served as board member for the Rensselaer County Historical Society, the Sunnyside Center, Elmwood Hill Cemetery Association, the Cohoes Memorial Hospital, Eddy Cohoes Geriatric Center, the Eddy, and the Country Club of Troy.
Visiting Hours will be held at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY, on Thursday, July 15, from 4-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church, 100 Troy-Schenectady Road, Watervliet, NY. Friday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Elmwood Hill Cemetery in Troy.
For those who wish, donations in Mihran’s memory may be made to CurePSP, 1216 Broadway 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001 or the Eddy Village Green at Cohoes, 200 Village Green Drive Cohoes, NY. 12047.
The Mooradian family would like to express our gratitude to the dedicated team of caregivers at the Eddy Village Green at Cohoes for treating Mihran like family for the last two years, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
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