May 16, 1932 ~ September 19, 2020
Born in: Syria
Resided in: Torrance, CA
Manas Agop Boujikian sadly passed away on September 19, 2020 at the age of 88. He was surrounded by his family and grandchildren. Manas was born in Kessab, Syria on May 16, 1932 and was so proud to be a “Kessabtsi”. He arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey in December of 1954 and arrived in California a week later. Manas showed up on the doorsteps of Our Lady Queen of Marty Church in Los Angeles where he was welcomed to live, work, and attend school.
Manas met Donalee Hosie soon after at a college school dance and they were married on August 17, 1956. They lived in the Armenian community in Gardena along with many other “Kessabtsis”. Eventually they moved to Torrance, California where he would live the rest of his life, for over 52 years. Manas was an extraordinary man, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a wonderful cousin and a friend to many.
Manas and Donalee have 7 children; Gregory, Mark, Randall, Seta, Massis, Sona, and Tamar; and 21 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
In Torrance, Manas and Donalee quickly became a part of the Armenian community. He dedicated himself to the Armenian Cause and “was a founding member of the Armenian Cultural Foundation, a Political Activist, whose vision led to the organization of the Armenian National Committee of America as we know it today”.
Manas built a flourishing business and was always there to help anyone who needed a job or help. He was selfless and felt responsible to always help others which was a trait that was passed down from his father. “Furthermore you judge a person by his traits, generosity and the upbringing of good parents that forms the person’s character’”, (Zareh (Bo) Boujikian).“Everything depends on upbringing” (Tolstoy)
He spent his extra time hunting and fishing with his close friends and cousins. He then also found time to build a beautiful farm in Fresno, CA where he spent much of his free time. Manas loved to go out to dinner with his kids and grandkids most every night. He also loved to ski and bring his family and friends to Mammoth Mountain. His most recent joy was spending his time in his Wrightwood home with his family.
His Family, his Generosity, and his Armenian Pride will always be the way we want to remember our dad.
Manas will be laid to rest in a Private Family Ceremony due to Covid 19 and the restriction of the cemetery and most importantly to protect Donalee. The family will have a Memorial/Celebration of Life when Covid restrictions are lifted and we can have a proper event for Manas in the near future. Funeral services will be available on Zoom.
In lieu of flowers, please visit the ANCA website and make a donation at, www.anca.org/manasboujikian or send checks to:
ANCA Endowment Fund, In Memory of Manas Boujikian, 1711 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036
Donations will be given to support his various philanthropic efforts including ANCA and ACF (and many more). Thank you for being a part of Manas’s adventures in his wonderful and fulfilling life. We will miss you dad and please continue to watch over us.
Log on information for Live stream of Manas Boujikian
Time: Oct 3, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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