Haverhill — George Tashjian, 88, of Haverhill, died peacefully Friday morning, July 4, at Country Manor Nursing Home, Newburyport.
He was born in Marseille, France, on March 15, 1926, and was the son of the late Koren and Lucy (Tenekjian) Tashjian.
His family moved to Haverhill when he was an infant, and was educated in the Haverhill School System, graduating from Haverhill High School.
During World War II, he served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Piedmont, attaining the rank of Seaman First Class. Mr. Tashjian was present for the surrender signing in Japan. While in the Navy, he was awarded a World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Medal, Pacific Theatre Medal, and Philippine Liberation Medal.
For over 50 years, he owned and operated Tashjian Rug Company in Haverhill, which he founded with his late wife, Lydia. He was considered one of finest flooring tradesmen of his generation and was a connoisseur in the buying, selling, hand repairing, and appraisals of Oriental rugs. He was a past member of the Haverhill Exchange Club and the Mr. and Mrs. Club at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, and was involved in many local groups and organizations.
He was an avid golfer and Boston sports fan. He was a past president at Far Corners Golf course and a 35-year member at Haverhill Country Club, and was always sought after by players and pros alike to give lessons. His true passion, however, was spending time with family and friends, and most importantly, with his late wife, true love and soul mate, Lydia (Darakjian) Tashjian, who passed away in 2002. He and Lydia hosted many memorable holiday events, parties and summer cookouts. He enjoyed spending the summers on Little Squam Lake, winters in Florida, a good game of cards, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
His survivors include three sons, David G. Tashjian and his wife, DeAnna, of Haverhill, Mark H. Tashjian and daughter-in-law, Anne Tashjian of Groveland, Phillip Tashjian of Studio City, Calif.; four grandchildren, Matthew, Danielle, Michael, and Sara; great-grandson, Tristan; as well as many nephews and nieces.