Comrades: For some reason, I mis-informed you as to the DATES of the wake and funeral of Post 41 AMVET Vee Sookikian. The corrected dates are in the enclosed Obituary: Wake at 4-8 pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2019; funeral the next day, Thursday, February 28, 2019 as listed below. I have tentatively put aside time to conduct an AMVET ceremony provided the family allows, and also in accordance with the request of Post 41 Commander George Washington Haroutunian. If there are those who feel the obligation to honor their fallen comrade, I will be at the funeral home at 5 p.m. for a projected service at 6 p.m.. Please let me know if you will be there to honor our fallen comrade member. I will follow up with this once the details are squared away. Thank you.
LIFELONG SCOUTER AND WORLD WAR II VETERAN VAHRAM “VEE” SOOKIKIAN OF WALTHAM, MASS. PASSED AWAY ON FEBRUARY 19, 2019, JUST SHY OF HIS 92ND BIRTHDAY ON MARCH 28. VEE LEAVES BEHIND HIS BELOVED WIFE OF NEARLY 70 YEARS, HELEN SOOKIKIAN, HIS DAUGHTER, LINDA SOOKIKIAN ECKERSLEY AND HER HUSBAND TIMOTHY, HIS SON, STEVEN RICHARD SOOKIKIAN. ALSO GRANDSONS JUSTIN VEE ECKERSLEY AND HIS SPOUSE HEATHER ECKERSLEY, CHRISTOPHER G. ECKERSLEY, AND JULIAN OSKIAN SOOKIKIAN AND SPOUSE ANA SOOKIKIAN, AND GREAT GRANDSON JULIAN SOOKIKIAN. AND SISTER-IN-LAW PAULINE SANASARIAN. SON OF THE LATE AGHAVNY CALIONJIAN SOOKIKIAN AND OSKIAN SOOKIKIAN, BROTHER OF THE LATE ARAXE SOOKIKIAN, VEE WAS BORN IN BROOKLYN, N.Y. AT THE AGE OF 12, HE JOINED BOY SCOUT TROOP 2 OF BROOKLYN, BEGINNING A LIFE-LONG COMMITMENT TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. WHEN HE WAS 16 YEARS OLD, VEE SERVED IN THE USDA’S CROP CORPS WORKING ON A DAIRY FARM IN NORTHERN VERMONT. WHEN HE WAS OLD ENOUGH, HE ENLISTED IN THE U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS AND WAS TRAINED AS A B-29 TAIL GUNNER, BUT DID NOT SEE COMBAT DUTY BECAUSE OF THE CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES. HE WAS RETRAINED AS A TOUCH TYPIST AND STATIONED IN GERMANY AS PART OF THE ARMY OF OCCUPATION. VEE BECAME A MEMBER OF AMVETS POST 41 IN WATERTOWN, MASS. AFTER RETURNING HOME, HE AND HELEN MARRIED ON JUNE 5, 1949, AT ST. JAMES ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH IN WATERTOWN. THE COUPLE LIVED IN NEW YORK CITY FOR SEVERAL YEARS WHILE VEE EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE AND THEN A MASTERS IN PHYSICS FROM NEW YORK UNIVERSITY. IN 1956, THE COUPLE PURCHASED A HOME IN WALTHAM, MASS., WHERE HELEN CONTINUES TO RESIDE. VEE’S PROFESSIONAL CAREER AS AN ELECTRONIC ENGINEER SPANNED THE ERA OF MINIATURIZATION OF TRANSISTORS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SILICON CHIP MICROPROCESSORS. AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SILICON CHIP MICROPROCESSORS. HE WORKED FOR MULTIPLE COMPANIES, INCLUDING SYLVANIA, RAYTHEON, COMPUTER CONTROL, HONEYWELL, AND DIGITAL. AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE ARMENIAN COMMUNITY, VEE SERVED ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR ST. STEPHEN’S ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH, WHERE HE ALSO TAUGHT SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR MANY YEARS. AT THE URGING OF HIS FATHER-IN-LAW, VAHRICH SANASARIAN, VEE FOUNDED SCOUT TROOP 222 IN 1959 AT ST. STEPHEN’S AND SERVED AS ITS SCOUTMASTER UNTIL 1975 WHEN THE TROOP DISBANDED. A STAR SCOUT IN HIS YOUTH, VEE’S 70 YEARS OF SERVICE TO SCOUTING WAS HONORED WITH THE DISTRICT AWARD OF MERIT, THE SILVER BEAVER AWARD, AND THE VIGIL HONOR OF THE ORDER OF THE ARROW. HE WAS ALSO FOX PATROL LEADER IN THE FIRST WOOD BADGE ADULT LEADER TRAINING COURSE HELD IN NEW ENGLAND. FUNERAL SERVICE AT SAINT STEPHEN’S ARMENIAN CHURCH, 38 ELTON AVENUE, WATERTOWN ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 AT 11:00 A.M. RELATIVES AND FRIENDS ARE KINDLY INVITED TO ATTEND. VISITING HOURS AT THE ARAM BEDROSIAN FUNERAL HOME, 558 MOUNT AUBURN STREET, WATERTOWN ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 FROM 4 – 8 P.M. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS SHOULD BE MADE TO EITHER ST. STEPHEN’S ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH OR MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO THE “VEE SOOKIKIAN PHILMONT SCHOLARSHIP,” C/O STEVEN SOOKIKIAN, 26 PELHAM ROAD, WALTHAM, MA 02453-6711. THE FUND WILL ENABLE AN INDIVIDUAL SCOUT EACH YEAR TO ATTEND THE PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH, BSA HIGH ADVENTURE BASE IN NEW MEXICO.
Gregory H. Arabian, Major, USAF HD
Commander, Belmont AMVETS Post 20081st Vice Commander, AMVETS District 522 Homer Road – HeadquartersBelmont, MA 02478 Commander’s Office: 617-744-6778Combat Support Field Mobile: 617-797-2944Commander’s Email: email@example.com
In compliance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section 12aa the Marine Corps League annually conducts an “IWO JIMA Day” ceremony. Therefore, on Tuesday February 19, 2019 beginning at 11:00am in Memorial Hall in the State House will hold a ceremony to those who fought at IWO JIMA. We expect that there will be 5-7 veterans of this historic battle in attendance. A collation will follow. Finally, by honoring these veterans we let our Legislators know that we care about our veterans. So, a good turnout not only honors those who fought at Iwo Jima but lets the legislators know that veterans are a viable entity. Leon, Arty Marchetta, Tin Eaton, and myself will be attending the AMVETS State of Massachusetts representing our State CMDR Tom Norton as he can not attend any other AMVETS are welcome to attend.
Fellow Officers, I rec’vd a call yesterday asking me if Commanders Staff meeting was next week. AMVETS Dept of MA Website Calendarshown below is both incorrect and incomplete. This meeting has not been held on a Tuesday in well over a year and is always the week before SEC. Correct information for Finance and Commanders Staff Meeting is: Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2019 Time: Finance 7:00 p.m. & Commanders Staff 7:30 p.m. Loc.: Post 79 Natick Yours in AMVETS/ Stephen ‘Radar’ […]
Fellow Members Just a reminder of schedule events this month Post 51 meeting and Christmas party Wednesday the 19th @ 7:00 Pm Post 51 Christmas party to follow meeting Housing Meeting Thursday the 27th @ 7:00 Pm New Years Party Monday the 31st $20.00 a person Free party favors live band , Easy axces […]
It has come to our attention that someone in Franklin County is soliciting in the name of the AMVETS. This person is altering/forging checks to amounts much greater than what was written. The name he is using is Jemil Blanchard and he is stating that he is from AMVETS of Greenfield. He is also using […]
The Department of Massachusetts would like to take this time to wish Everyone A Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. If you are driving this holiday season please drive and be safe as you travel the roads. Leon Proctor