Zaven K. Kazandjian
May 23, 1945 – February 9, 2020
Zaven was born on May 23, 1945 in Aleppo, Syria. His Parents, Vartan and Arshalouis Kazandjian, were Genocide survivors from Sebastia/Sivas, Turkey. Along with his younger sister Yeranouhy, the family moved to Beirut/Lebanon in 1962. Shortly after their move, Zaven lost his mother to a tragic accident at the age of 17 and he took on the responsibility of taking care of his sister who was 12 at the time.
His creativity and sense of fashion were the core attributes that ultimately led him into becoming a hairdresser . He worked in well known salons and trained under the best most seasoned professionals in the field. With barely a secondary education, his ambitious nature made him turn towards the western hemisphere. He wanted the American dream.
In 1968 he moved to Montreal Canada, where he worked in famous salons like La coupe . He sponsored his sister and her family into moving to Canada as well. But his drive for success didn’t end there. In 1972 he was offered a contract from a German hair company from St. Louis Missouri, as an educator and a master hairstylist. He traveled to small towns around the region and held educational seminars and training classes. He was famous for his Dorothy Hamel haircut which was a breakthrough for his success. In less than two years he became a partner and opened his own salon called “The Cut”. He shared his success by sponsoring other stylist's into realizing their own American dream. He moved to Florida in 1980 and established his career in Palm Beach gardens. He opened numerous successful salons, (Chez Zaven, Ricard and Company and Zaven Kazan) which catered to many celebrities and the local elites.
In 1988 he met his lovely wife Marie (Maral), and they were married on July 23rd. After the birth of his three beautiful daughters, Carina, Sarina, and Alina, his purpose in life changed. He became an incredible father wanting to give the best to his family...He cherished the time with his family , always focused on ensuring that their well being was priority. For the next 31 years, he worked diligently to secure a great future for his wife and children. His love for his Armenian heritage and culture guided him to be actively involved on numerous boards and committees in south Florida. He served as chairman of the board of Alec & Mary Manoogian School in Boca Raton as well as a parish council member of St. David Armenian church for many years until he was struck by colon cancer in 2013.
After being given an initial diagnosis of a life expectancy of 2-3 years, he beat all the odds in medicine and science. He lived the last 7 years of his life to the fullest, traveled to Armenia with his family (which was his lifelong dream), saw his daughters graduate universities and high schools, and made sure that they were going to be okay after he was gone.
Zaven’s nature was to always help those in need. He was a simple yet authentic soul. He cherished those very close to him, a caring man who enjoyed the simple things in life, and that is why he was very much admired by his family and friends.
He passed away in his home on a Sunday afternoon, surrounded by all his family and loved ones. May he rest in peace……..
- Marie Kazandjian, Wife
- Carina Kazandjian, Daughter
- Sarina Kazandjian, Daughter
- Alina Kazandjian, Daughter
- Yeranouhy Kazandjian, Sister
- Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
- Committal Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
Zaven K. Kazandjian
February 17, 2020
Marie and family:
So very sorry and sad to hear of Zavan's loss. I remember his wonderful professionalism,skill and charming personality as he
was our go-to salon for haircare for WPEC-Ch.12 news anchors in the 1980s-90s. Here's wishing your memories bring you comfort at this very sad time.
With deepest sympathy,
Davis and Laurel Sauer deMontluzin
February 12, 2020
Zaven was a great guy who was a neighbor and good friend. He was a great help in working for his community as a valued member of ARB. He will be missed. Our prayers are with Marie and the rest of his wonderful family. RIP Steve & Mary Ann Barnes