Jirard N. DerBoghosian

May 29, 1923June 13, 2014

Lewiston- Jirard N. DerBoghosian 91, of Lewiston died, unexpectedly, Friday June 13, 2014 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Haverhill, MA on May 29, 1923 a son of the late Negoghos and Baizor DerBoghosian. He was educated in Massachusetts and then went on to proudly serve his country in The US Navy during WWII. Jerry served on The USS Canberra and his ship was torpedoed during the war. He was the founder of the USS Canberra Reunion Association. Jerry was a very proud Veteran and always tried to keep in touch with the men that served on his ship. Every year he would attend the USS Canberra Reunion. Jerry retired in 1985 after working several years as the business agent and secretary-treasurer for The American Federation of Musicians in Maine. Jerry was now working at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and The Trinity Jubilee Center where he has given many years to help serve the less fortunate in the City of Lewiston. Jerry volunteered for many organizations such as: The United Way, March of Dimes, he was past president of the board of directors of Community Concepts INC. was a past director of the Literacy of Volunteers and volunteered many hours at the Jubilee Center. He was The past Commander of The James B. Longley Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars, was the Adjutant of the American Legion Post #22, a member of the VFW Post 9150, the American War Veterans, the Franco-American War Veterans, a member of the Centre d'Heritage, and a past organizer of the Franco-American Festival. Jerry gave many hours to his community and fellow veterans and never asked for anything in return. He is a big loss to this community and will be missed by all. Jerry loved to spend time at the ocean, traveling, music, and spending time with his family. He leaves three sons, Richard DerBoghosian and wife Stella of Greeneville, Tim DerBoghosian and wife Suzie of Turner, and Kenny DerBoghosian of Lewiston, four step children Peggy Gatchell and husband Richard of Poland, Suzan Bouley and husband Roger of Litchfield, Ronald Sawyer and wife Kit of Auburn and Bill Sawyer and his fiance Gretchen Fall of Albony Township, a sister Zardy Chilingirian of Haverhill, MA, a brother Michael DerBoghosian and wife Mary of Haverhill, MA 16 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Jane (Donahue) DerBoghosian, whom he married June 21, 1990, and a step daughter Mary Jane Sawyer. You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Jerry's life by visiting his guest book at

Visitation will be held on Tuesday June 17, from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 247 Bates St. Lewiston, ME. Funeral Service will be celebrated on Wednesday June 18, at St. Michael's Episcopal Church 78 Pleasant St. Auburn, ME. Committal will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Mechanic Falls. Those wishing to make donations in his memory may do so to The Trinity Jubilee Center 247 Bates St. Lewiston, ME 04240. A service of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Charles Koestner

July 4, 2014

This is a sad day for me and my family. I knew Jerry aboard ship and really
became a close friend at our reunions. We all loved to hear him speak of his
life stories, and to lead us in singing of The Star Spangled Banner.
God bless you Jerry.
Shipmate, Charles Koestner

Bob Tylinski

June 22, 2014

Gerry will truly be missed! Our sympathy to Kenny and Peggy who we got to know at many Canberra reunions. Hope they still come. Gerry kept us dancing and made us feel special. Sympathy to the rest of the family and friends.
Bob & Jean Tylinski

June 19, 2014

to the family and Trinity Church where Gerry touched many lives. We are so sorry to hear of this wonderful mans passing. May God give you strength and thank him for the blessings that Gerry gave to all. GB friends of Center for Wisdom's Women

Gene Sibley

June 18, 2014

Gerry touched so many lives. At our U.S.S. Canberra reunions he always took the time to make me as well as everyone feel welcome and a part of the Canberra family. He was loved and respected by all members of the crew. He will truly be missed. Gene Sibley & Di Franson

Ronald Nullet

June 18, 2014

To Der Boghosian Family:
Gerry will be Missed Very Much By everyone,He was Loved By All.
So Sorry.
Ron & Barbara Nullet

June 17, 2014

Something has to be said for a 91 year old man to be actively involved in an
inner-city youth outreach. The children and staff loved him and he will be truly missed. One of his favorite sayings was, “The Jesus Party is a flower in the middle of a swamp.”
Rev. Doug Taylor

Gloria Shoemaker

June 17, 2014

My deepest sympathies to the family of Jerry. He was a great man.

Lynn, Larry Clukey

June 16, 2014

"Jerry was a wonderful man, we saw him out and about very often." We will miss you Jerry, may you Rest in Peace.


June 16, 2014

i will miss jerry very much. ive known him for a long time from trinity church soup kitchen. every morning he would come in paper in hand.i would ask him if i could read the paper and he always said yes.he was very nice to me and told me stories when he was in the service' i am so sad.i have a hard time with crowds so i wont be at the funeral. i will remember jerry out here comes another you ( twitch)

Peter Poliquin

June 16, 2014

You were the best Santa Claus ever. We will miss you. Your friend,