Edward, 94, passed into Eternal Life with his Lord on October 28, 2015 to rejoin with his wife Grace of 65 years. Edward was a long time resident of Cliffside Park. He was born in West New York, NJ to his parents Gregory and Perouz Sarkisian.
He is survived by his devoted children Arlene Denison, Angel DiRoma (and her fiancé Lou Vasilow) and Edward A. Sarkisian (and his wife Lorraine) and his cherished granddaughter, Angelle Kursar (and her husband, Donald) and his great-grandchildren Casandra and Donevan Kursar and his devoted grandson Daniel Sarkisian. He was predeceased by his brother Arthur and sister Roselle Boogdanian. Uncle Ed is dearly loved by many nieces and nephews.
A great focus of his life was on raising his family and togetherness. Edward loved sharing times with his family on camping trips, using his God-given talents in woodwork and building model aircraft since childhood. His occupation was working as a photo engraver in NYC. Edward worked at The Little Ferry Seaplane Base and Teterboro Airport to obtain flying lessons in seaplane aircraft in 1934-35. He was a Boy Scout as well as a Sea Scout on The Ranger in Hudson County. He was musically talented and participated on the Boy Scout drum corps league.
Edward entered the United States Marines Corps in 1939 and served through October 1945. He trained at MCRD Parris Island. His musical skills were recognized by the Corps and he was awarded the position of Field Music Instructor at Parris Island. He later served with the Marine Detachment S.Charleston, WV protecting an ordinance plant in the war effort. In January 1943 he joined as "Plankowner" on the new aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, CV-10. As Marine Detachment onboard the Yorktown he was an antiaircraft gunner, ship bugler, Captains Marine orderly and served during all Pacific campaigns of the ship. After a harrowing three years of battle on the ship, he assisted in the Marine operations in clearing the Japanese caves and securing airfields in Japan. Edward's accomplishments in life and his devotion to family will be always remembered and carried on through generations.
He will carry on in each of us.
Funeral Services will be Monday 10:30 AM at St. Leon Armenian Church, 12-61 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn. Interment following George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Visiting Sunday 3-7 PM at the William G. Basralian Funeral Home, 559 Kinderka-mack Road, Oradell.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Armenian Missionary Association, Paramus, NJ or The USS Yorktown Association, P.O. BOX 1021, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29465. SEMPER FI
Published in The Record/Herald News from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2015