The late George D. Hagopian of Waltham, formerly of Arlington MA, was a dedicated, devoted and faithful member of Holy Trinity Armenian Church for many decades. In his quiet, unassuming way, George was a true, loving steward giving of his time, talent and treasurer. Even after his passing on December 4, 2015, George’s love for his Church continued as he bequeathed $250,000 from his estate to Holy Trinity Armenian Church.
$125,000 of George’s bequest was added to the George D. Hagopian Trust Fund that was established in 2016 by the trustees of the Holy Trinity Trust Fund as a fitting tribute to George. The remaining $125,000 will be used towards the renovation of the foyer areas and bathrooms at the entrance of the Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall of the Church complex. “George always focused on the present and future needs of our Church and we feel he would be pleased with how his gift will meet both those needs,” stated Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian, Pastor of Holy Trinity Church. “The entire Holy Trinity family is and will remain forever grateful to George for his love, service and generosity to his Church.”
George’s Service to Holy Trinity Church
George was a founding member and treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Holy Trinity Trust Fund serving on the Board for over 30 years; he was a Diocesan Delegate for 24 years; a member of the Parish Council for 8 years; served as Church auditor for many years, and as treasurer for the Trinity Christmas Bazaar for several decades. Early on Sunday mornings, George could be found bagging the mahs in Johnson Hall before attending Church Services.
In October 2000, George was honored as a “Parishioner of the Year” by Holy Trinity Church, and in April 2002, was presented with the Pontifical Encyclical and St. Nersess Shnorhali Medal, issued by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, and rendered for outstanding service to the Armenian Church.
George’s parents, Mary and Harry D. Hagopian, were also devoted members of the Church going back to when Holy Trinity was located on Shawmut Avenue in Boston. Mary was a member and chairman of the Women’s Guild and Harry was a leader in the Trinity Men’s Union. George was raised in the Church as a member of the ACYOA and was a Sunday School teacher. He also served as treasurer of the Friends of Holy Trinity 1000 Club, having been involved in its start in 1976, and was a longstanding member of the Trinity Men’s Union. George also served as treasurer of Holy Trinity’s Oriental Rugs Sales and picnics.
Over the years, George’s quiet but professional presence on various boards and committees was an enormous asset, both to those serving with him and, most importantly, for Holy Trinity Church. George was a very considerate, kind and gentle person who was respected by all who knew him.
For more than 45 years, George was Director of Membership Services at the American Automobile Association (AAA).
He leaves his brother, Edward and his wife Frances; his sister, Carol Gardner and her husband Bernard; and nephews Michael and Mark Hagopian and Bernard and Andrew Gardner. He was the longtime companion of Barbara Johnson.
The Holy Trinity Trust Fund
The Holy Trinity Trust Fund is the endowment of Holy Trinity Church and was established with an anonymous gift of $14,000 in 1976 to provide income to supplement the annual operating budget of the Church. The Trust Fund has increased over the years helping to provide the parish with needed funds to carry out its ministries and maintain the beautiful Church complex. The Trust Fund is currently made up of 273 named family trust funds, the interest of which provides approximately 30% of the Church’s annual operating budget. Donations to the Trust Fund help secure the future of Holy Trinity Church as a gift to the Trust Fund will support the Church in perpetuity.
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