Sarkis Kevork Garibian, beloved husband of the late Mary Garibian, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, surrounded by his four children. He was 89 years old.
The son of orphans, survivors of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, Sarkis, from his early years, exhibited a gift for mathematics and competitive sports, especially basketball, tennis, boxing, and ping pong. His athletic career culminated as a key member of the Iraqi National Basketball team, medaling in the 1951 Pan Arabian games, in Cairo, Egypt.
Sarkis emigrated to the United States in 1956. Soon after, his future bride, Mary, also came to the US. They were married in 1958, had four children, and eventually became proud American citizens. Sarkis earned his Electrical Engineering Degree from Indiana Tech University and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University. Sarkis held various engineering positions at Solutia Corp (formerly Monsanto), eventually retiring as Manager of Research Information Systems in 1991.
While Sarkis enjoyed success with his career at Solutia, his entrepreneurial spirit was always churning. Even after graduating from Baghdad College (an American Jesuit High School), Sarkis co-founded an automotive spare parts distributorship in Baghdad. In 1989, Sarkis and Mary, became the primary investors in their son’s start-up, Applied PC Systems, which eventually found itself on the Inc 500 list. After retiring from Solutia in 1991, Sarkis started the Computer Resource Group unit of Applied PC, that focused on IT staff outsourcing.
As a proud Armenian-American, Sarkis was active in the Armenian community. He was a lifelong member of the Armenian Apostolic Church, ARS, and ARF, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and a member of the Eastern Prelacy Council. He will be greatly missed.
Of course, anyone that knew Sarkis, knew that family was truly the focus of his life. He loved being a part of his childrens’ and grandchildrens’ lives, coaching them and watching them become successful students and adults. He is survived by his son, Edward, daughter-in-law, Tanya, and grandchildren, Eddie John, Anna, and Nairi Garibian; his daughter, Rosemarie, her husband, Krikor, and their children, Sarkis and Sona Halajian; his daughter, Lenna, her husband, Aram, and their daughters, Gayane and Arevig Kaligian; and his daughter, Hasmig, and her husband, Zareh, and their sons, Armen and Raffi Samurkashian. He is also survived by his caring brother, Ara Garibian of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and was pre-deceased by his brother Dikran Garibian.
Due to COVID19 restrictions, funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sarkis’ name may be made to St. Gregory Armenian Church, 135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard, MA 01151 or to the Armenian National Committee of America, 1711 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Wilbraham Funeral Home has been entrusted with all arrangements. For more information please visit www.wilbrahamfuneralhome.com.
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