Harry

January 5, 1925 ~ November 17, 2020

Born in: Chicago, Illinois
Resided in: Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Harry Mahakian, a fifty-seven year resident of Rancho Palos Verdes passed away peacefully in his sleep with his loving family at his side.  He was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 5, 1925 to John and Rose Maghakian, survivors of the Armenian Genocide. In 1926, the family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he and his younger brothers, Jack and John Jr. enjoyed their childhood. Harry was a graduate of Rufus King High school and attended Iowa State University.

In August of 1943, Harry enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II.  He served as a Petty Officer aboard the USS Endymion ARL-9 assigned to the U.S. operation in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in January of 1945.  He married the love of his life, Rose, on June 27, 1948.  They would enjoy almost sixty-five years of marriage until her passing on February 11, 2013.

Harry was a successful, independent insurance agent.  As the owner of Mahakian Insurance in Riviera Village, his career spanned over sixty years.  Harry was a strong advocate for giving back to the community.  He would often contribute to elementary, middle and high schools in the South Bay area.  He was also a donor to Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, the Armenian Church Youth Organization and other worthy causes.

A proud member of the Greatest Generation, Harry lived a long and fulfilled life.  All who knew him will miss his zest for living, his unwavering optimism, generosity and integrity.

He will forever be remembered by family and friends as a loving and devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Harry is survived by daughters, Sari (Edmond) Vartanian of Redondo Beach, Dr. Jane Mahakian (John Boyajian) of San Clemente and Lauren Mahakian of Rancho Palos Verdes.  He was the loving Grandfather of David and Lauren Vartanian, Adam Boyajian, Arianna Spiglanin and Erik Petrosyan.  He was preceded in passing by his beloved daughter, Linda, who died in a tragic accident in 1962, and brothers Jack and John Jr.

Services will be private.  Memorial donations may be made to St. James Armenian Church Sunday School, 4950 W. Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90056.

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  1. candle 2Dear Sari, Jane, Lauren and families,
    We are so very sorry to learn about your father’s passing. Our parents grew up together and we always knew your grandma as Aunty Rose and your dad as Uncle Harry… Our families were joined in Armenian history and in their hearts. It’s with heartfelt sympathy that we extend our love, thoughts and support to all of you. Your dad was a magnificent man… Always a pleasure to be around…loving, happy, energetic, full of laughter, stories and generosity. He helped so many in the community and truly lived his truth. God Bless each and every one of you. His loss is also our loss… Very Much Sympathy and Love, Carol (Ohanian) Svensson, Erik and Emilie

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