Niagara Gazette


June 25, 2014

Leo Sarian

NIAGARA FALLS — Levon Sarian was born on January 30, 1934 in Niagara Falls, NY to Vartanoush and Ohanes Sarian, survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1915. In official record keeping, he was registered as Leo. Leo was educated in the Niagara Falls School system and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1953. Following graduation, he found employment with Niagara Falls High School and remained with the young people that he knew well. He was married to Marilyn, a citizen of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, until 2007. He worked with the Kimberly Clark Corporation for two decades. Kimberly Clark transferred its operations from Niagara Falls, NY to North Carolina. Leo did not elect to be transferred.

Shortly thereafter, he was offered employment by the Canadian Board of Education as a       Custodian of the A.M. Meyers Secondary School where he worked until his mandatory retirement at age 65. The young people at school loved Leo. He was kind and gentle with everyone he met. Leo was an outgoing and industrious person. He was a "custodian" in the broadest sense for the community, school, teachers and students.

While a young man in school, Leo developed an extensive newspaper delivery route. He put his earnings in a dish in the cupboard to help pay for the family groceries. Leo was a skillful Artisan. He was knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. This knowledge and skills were developed by observing professional students in the program of the Canadian Government Department of Parks, and doing volunteer work at the Montezuma Natural Reserve in Central New York during summer vacations. Leo loved gardening in his backyard and sharing the produce with his friends. Ontario has tasty peaches from which Leo selected a particularly good peach and grew a fruit bearing tree from the stone he had eaten.

Leo was an excellent fisherman. He loved fishing and boating in the Niagara River, Lake      Ontario, Lake Erie and the beautiful Canadian lakes north of Toronto, Ontario. There is a vivid memory from Leo's fishing experiences. One winter day he traveled to one of the lakes in     Northern Ontario for ice fishing. He came home with an abundant catch of fish. Leo spent much time scaling, filleting the fish and distributing the catch to relatives and neighbors. Because Leo was a skillful fisherman, his peers and young children enjoyed learning from him. These young children frequently visited Leo after school. Each spring A.M. Meyers Secondary School held a kite festival. Leo was called upon to solve problems imposed by extraordinary kites.

It was a very sad day when he became the victim of the deadly disease Diabetes, and his leg was amputated above the right knee. He went to New Jersey to enter the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Leo passed way in February. Church services were held at St. Leon Armenian Church in Fairlawn, NJ and prayers said at St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Niagara Falls. A    graveside service will be held on Friday, June 27th at 2:00 PM, at Oakwood Cemetery, 763 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. He will be laid to rest alongside his parents, uncle and aunt.

Leo is survived by his siblings, Zabel, Seuren and Edward. He is also survived by several cousins. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to St. Sarkis Armenian Church, 300-9th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303. Local arrangements by M.J. COLUCCI & SON              NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304.

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