In Memoriam



(January 6, 1928 – October 25, 2022)


His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate, and the Religious and Lay Councils learned with sorrow of the passing of Charles Garabed Keumurian of Watertown, a lifelong parishioner of St. Stephen’s Church, of Watertown, MA. Mr. Keumurian passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on October 25, 2022. 

Charlie, as he was affectionately known, was born on January 6, 1928 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the late Hampartsoum & Mary (Boyajian) Keumurian. He grew up in Cambridge and attended The Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Shortly after graduating high school, he was drafted into the US Army. During the Korean War, he was deployed to Germany and served there for two years. He joined a computer training program, which led to his working on IBM computers. 

Upon his return, he began working at Liggett’s Pharmacy as a manager before joining IBM. In 1955 he entered the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a Magnetic Tape Coordinator and developed and implemented the magnetic tape system for 1099 tax forms. After a 30-year career, Mr. Keumurian worked for another twenty-plus years as a tax consultant for Bank of Boston.  

In June 1965, while on a church pilgrimage, he was introduced to Sirvart Kevorkian in Lebanon. They  were married in Beirut just ten days after they met and Sirvart joined Charlie in America six weeks later. They settled in Watertown and had two children: Dalita and Charles Antranig. Later they were blessed with two grandchildren, Jackson and Josephine.   

A devoted church servant, Mr. Keumurian took St. Paul’s words to heart: “Live a life that measures up to the standard God set when he called you.” (Eph 4:4) Throughout the years, he served as a member of St. Stephen’s Church Board of Trustees and as a delegate to the National Representative Assembly. The Keumurians were in church every Sunday.For the past many years, Charlie became one of our honorary greeters who manned the Trustee desk, helping and guiding people into church. 

Charlie is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Sirvart (Kevorkian) Keumurian. He was a devoted father to Dalita Keumurian of Brooklyn, NY, and Charles A. Keumurian and his wife Katherine, of Watertown. He was the loving grandfather to Josephine Keumurian and Jackson Charles Goldstein. He was the dear brother to Hovnan Keumurian and his wife Eleanor of Billerica, Hampar Keumurian of Avon, and Jack Keumurian and his wife Queenie of Watertown and the late Magtan Keumurian. Additionally, he leaves behind two generations of loving nieces and nephews. 

Asdvadz hokeen loosavoreh. May God illuminate his soul.