Harry Aram Egazarian
November 23, 1933 – September 22, 2019
Harry A. Egazarian, 85, entered into eternal life on Sunday (September 22, 2019). He died peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. Harry was born November 23, 1933, in Worcester, Massachusetts to Kachadoor and Araxe (Assadoorian) Egazarian. He graduated from Classical High School in 1952 and proudly attended the University of Connecticut graduating with a Pharmacy Degree in 1956. While attending UCONN, Harry met the girl of his dreams, Marilyn O’Leary, also of Worcester, MA. Their first date was a UCONN basketball game! He remained an avid fan of UCONN basketball and the Boston Red Sox.
Harry and Marilyn were married on November 23, 1957 and shared an amazing 51 years together. They settled in East Hartford after college. Harry served as a member of the Democratic Town Committee and as a member of the Town Charter revision committee in 1965. He was also elected to the town council and served as deputy mayor for 12 years. Harry was a member of the Knights of Columbus - 4th Degree and served in the East Hartford Kiwanis club for many years. Harry was a faithful communicant of St. Christopher’s Parish in East Hartford for over 50 years.
Harry was a pharmacist in East Hartford for 56 years and owner of Pat’s Medical Pharmacy on Main Street. All local physicians knew Harry for being willing to provide emergency medications at any hour of the night long before 24hr pharmacies existed. After selling Pat’s Medical in 1996 Harry worked at ShopRite Pharmacy in East Hartford until 2012. Taking care of his community was Harry’s life work.
When Harry wasn’t working in the pharmacy he could be found tending to the more than 300 rose bushes around his home. Marilyn loved the endless bouquets of beautiful roses on her kitchen table. Friends and family were always welcome to roses from Harry’s beautiful garden.
Harry frequently traveled to his cottage at Higgins Beach, Maine, a beautiful home away from home filled with friends and family. He was known for his love of lobster, horse shoes, and long walks on the beach. Perhaps most precious of all to Harry was seeing his grandkids enjoying Higgins Beach.
Harry was a proud American who loved his Armenian heritage. Born to Armenian immigrants, both survivors of the Armenian holocaust, Harry made sure his entire family appreciated Armenian music and culture. In 1971, Harry along with Marilyn and dear friends Baggie and Queenie Hovanessian and Al and Tina Boyajian started KEF TIME Hartford, an annual Armenian music festival that continued for almost 40 years.
Harry is survived by his children, Gregory and Karen Egazarian of Warrenton, Virginia, Margaret McGowan of Manchester, Conn., and John and Cheryl Egazarian of Marlborough, Conn.; and his beloved grandchildren, Ryan, Grace, Sara, Chelsea, and Maximilian. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret (Egazarian) Urbec; as well as many cherished nieces, nephews and their children. Harry was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn (O’Leary) Egazarian and his sister Rose (Egazarian) Sachetto.
Funeral services will be Friday, September 27, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Christopher Church of St. Edmund Campion Parish, 538 Brewer Street, East Hartford. The family has asked that everyone go directly to the church on Friday morning. Burial will be at Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford. Relatives and friends may call at the D'ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford, on Thursday, September 26, from 4-7 p.m.
Harry struggled with Parkinson’s Disease until the time of his death. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Harry's name may be made to Beat Parkinson's Today, Inc.,102 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108. Online donations can be made at www.beatpdtoday.com. For any online expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopo.com.
- Beat Parkinson's Today, Inc.
- Calling hours Thursday, September 26, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, September 27, 2019
- Burial Friday, September 27, 2019
Harry Aram Egazarian
September 26, 2019
Please accept my sincere sympathy.
September 26, 2019
I met Harry 40 years ago, when I went to Pat’s Pharmacy to fill a prescription for my wife. She was in considerable discomfort and was prescribed a strong medication. Although Harry did not have the medicine on hand, he called around to all the local pharmacies to find one who had it. I was amazed at Harry’s efforts on behalf of my wife and me - two people he had never met.
I had the pleasure of seeing Harry again, maybe ten years ago, when he worked at ShopRite, and expressed my deep appreciation for what he had done for us, some thirty years before. When I did so, I had the distinct impression that he had conducted his entire life this selfless way.
Our deepest sympathies go to Harry’s family. We will never forget his kindness.
September 24, 2019
Harry was a wonderful human being and a'prince' of a man. I loved the person that he was and so enjoyed being with him. When he was 'in residence' at HB, the sun was brighter, the air was fresher, the water was warmer and the 'cameraderie' was noticeably increased and inclusive. The only regret was that his strong work ethic and devotion to his clientele limited to only 'two weeks'. I will miss him and can only hope that 'his family' will stay with us. Condolences to them. Bob Monterio
September 23, 2019
I love you . Every time I find a sandollar I’ll be thinking of you . RIP
Ashley and Gianni
September 23, 2019
I will never forget the perfect summers at Higgins Beach! Getting to the beach, seeing Harry there in his beach chair, horseshoes all ready for the games between Maine/Connecticut and Vermont to begin was the best!!!! But even better was getting one of his bear hugs. All was right with our world as long as Harry was there! We will miss him greatly but we promise to keep his memory alive! All our love to his family! Thank you for sharing him with us all!