✝ In Memoriam: Charles Bilezikian

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7

It is with deep sorrow that we share the sad news of the passing of Past Board Member Charles (Chuck) Bilezikian, of Osterville and Boston, MA and Palm Beach, FL, on July 26, 2016.

Mr. Bilezikian faithfully served the Armenian Missionary Association of America as a Board Member and benefactor.

The funeral service will be held 11:00 am on Friday, July 29th at:

First Armenian Church
380 Concord Avenue

Belmont, MA  02478

The burial will follow the worship service at Newton Cemetery, Newton, MA.

A memorial luncheon will take place in the First Armenian Church Hall right after the burial service.

A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held 11:00 am on Thursday, August 18th, at the First Congregational Church, 329 Route 6A, Yarmouthport, MA.

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He was the loving and devoted husband of Doreen (Portnoy) Bilezikian to whom he was married for 52 years. Chuck attended the public schools in Newton, MA and graduated from Suffolk University. Following graduation he began a lifelong career in retail. In 1970 he bought a small seasonal business on Cape Cod called The Christmas Tree Shops as a means of supporting his young family. He and his family worked long hours to make the company grow from a small seasonal company to a thriving year-round business which grew to become one of the premiere shopping destinations in the Northeast.

Chuck lived life joyfully and to the fullest. He was inquisitive about everything and everyone around him. He was devoted to his family. He and Doreen traveled the world together. He loved to celebrate his birthday and he especially loved Christmas. He was engaging, enthusiastic, thoughtful, loyal and generous. He was loved by all who knew him and admired for his honesty, integrity and humor. His handshake was his word. His family was his life. His love and special legacy will live on in the countless memories his family and his many friends will carry in their hearts.

Chuck is survived by his wife Doreen, a son Gregory of Hyannisport, MA and his children Lindsay, Kate, Chad and Mia; and a son Jeffrey, and his wife Nancy, of Watertown, MA and Osterville, MA and their children Beatrice and Frieda, along with nieces Krista, Kelly and Kim and nephew Jay.

The Bilezikian Family have been long-standing supporters of AMAA’s mission and projects, in  Armenia & Karabagh, including:  the Krikor and Beatrice Bilezikian Kindergarten in Shoushi, the Krikor and Beatrice Bilezikian Elementary Building at the Khoren & Shooshanig  Avedisian School and Community Center in Yerevan, Camp Sheen-Shoghig in Hankavan, AMAA Dental Clinic and the renovation of the Margaryan Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made by check to: The Charles Bilezikian Memorial Fund, c/o The Cape Cod Foundation, 259 Willow Street, Yarmouthport, MA 02675 or online at CapeCodFoundation.org and mention The Charles Bilezikian Memorial Fund.

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