Arthur Allen Alyanakian
August 15, 1940 - November 01, 2023
It is with love and profound gratitude for his life that the family of Arthur Allen Alyanakian announces his passing on the 1st of November 2023, surrounded by his beloved family, wife of 59 years, Victoria, and his three children, Corinne, Carolyn and Gregory.
Arthur joins in Heaven his parents, Hagop and Kohar (nee Djivilikian) Alyanakian, mother and father-in-law, Mary and Stanley Piwowarski, brothers in law Sarkis Boyajian, Robert Piwowarski, Frank Piwowarski, sister-in-law Julia Piwowarski and nephew John Piwowarski.
He is survived by his wife Victoria Frances (nee Piwowarski) and his three children and their spouses, Corinne (Michael Whitaker), Carolyn (Andrew Smith), Gregory (Nicole); and by his grandchildren, James, Caroline, Patrick and Clare Whitaker; Parker and Paige Smith; and Owen and Bradley Alyanakian. He is also survived by his beloved big sister Araxie "Grace" Boyajian, brother-in-law Stanley Piwowarski and his wife Dinah, sister-in-law Doris Piwowarski and many nieces and nephews.
Arthur was born on August 15, 1940 in Chelsea, Massachusetts to Hagop and Kohar, Armenian immigrants part of the diaspora from Turkey. He graduated from Chelsea High School and attended Northeastern University, later apprenticing as an electrician and joining the union. During that time he also served in the United States Army and Army National Guard. In 1964 he married the love of his life, his beloved and devoted wife Victoria ("Vickie") and they settled in Saugus, Massachusetts and began their beautiful family.
Early on Arthur worked for Balcom Electric in Chelsea and General Electric Co. in Lynn, then went on to work many union jobs in the Boston area, notably involved in the lighting of Logan Airport in Boston and the building of the Martha's Vineyard airport. He literally lit up our lives in so many ways!
In 1977, the family decided they were done with snow and moved to Los Banos, California joining two of Vickie's brothers and their families, where Arthur started his own electrical contracting business "A&A Electric". He selflessly served the Los Banos community for over 30 years through his business (often working on weekends) and as a volunteer. He always took a personal interest in the welfare of his employees and was kind and generous with everyone. He served on the Airport Advisory Commission and on the Merced County Grand Jury. He was an active member of the Kiwanis club, serving as Treasurer and President, and the Order of Free and Accepted Masons. One of his finest roles was as "Rainbow Pop" when his daughters were active in the local Rainbow Assembly. Arthur was a model citizen and son, husband and father in the truest sense.
Later in life, he took up golf and built his "dream" lake house at which he enjoyed many years with his family and friends, raising the American and Armenian flags each morning and retiring them each night! Admirably, Arthur had a profound sense of patriotism and love for this country, in addition to his great sense of humor and wisdom, which he shared generously. When in Los Banos, he looked forward to "coffee hour" with his buddies, Joe and Ernie and the "gang" at Burger King!
Arthur was simply the best son, brother, husband, father, grandfather ("Papa"), uncle and friend - he was beloved by everyone who knew him and he leaves a gaping hole in the lives of his family and friends. Yet, we are blessed with a wealth of incredible memories and are so thankful for his life.
A Funeral Mass for Arthur will be held on Wednesday, November 22 at 10 am (Rosary at 9:30 am) at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1621 Center Ave, Los Banos, California. In lieu of flowers, please help someone less fortunate, spend time with your family and/or share a kind word with a friend, as Arthur would have done.
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