Manas Agop Boujikian sadly passed away on September 19, 2020 at the age of 88. He was surrounded by his family and grandchildren. Manas was born in Kessab, Syria on May 16, 1932 and was so proud to be a “Kessabtsi.” He arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey in December of 1954 with Vatche Soghomonian, Jerry Terpanjian and Jerry’s cousin Haroutyoun, together they all made their way to California.
Manas showed up on the doorsteps of Our Lady Queen of Marty Church in Los Angeles where he was welcomed to live, work, and attend school.
Manas met Donalee at a school dance and they were married a year later. They lived in the Armenian community in Gardena along with many other Kessabtsis. Eventually they moved to Torrance, CA where he would live the rest of his life, for over 51 years. Manas was an extraordinary man, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a wonderful cousin and a friend to many.
Manas’s 3 most important influences that shaped his life and the person he became was his father Hagop Boujikian, Father Michael Akian from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Los Angeles, and Catholicos Karekin I.
In Torrance, Manas and Donalee quickly became a part of the Armenian community. He dedicated himself to the Armenian Cause and “was a founding member of the Armenian Cultural Foundation, a Political Activist, whose vision led to the organization of the Armenian National Committee of America as we know it today”.
Manas built a flourishing business and was always there to help anyone who needed a job or help. He was selfless and felt responsible to always help others which was a trait that was passed down from his father. Manas’s great traits and generosity was the fruit of the upbringing of good parents that formed his character, “Everything depends on upbringing”.
He spent his extra time hunting and fishing with his close friends and cousins. He then also found time to build a beautiful farm in Fresno, CA where he spent much of his free time.
Manas loved to go out to dinner with his kids and grandkids most every night. He also loved to ski and bring his family and friends to Mammoth Mountain. His most recent joy was spending his time in his Wrightwood home with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bayzar and Hagop Boujikian, his sister Coharig Farah (1927-2006) and the very recent death of his sister Zaghgan Soghomonian on 9/23/2020, four days after Manas’s death.
He is survived by his wife Donalee Boujikian (85 years old) and his younger brother Zareh (Bo) and wife Liz and their two children Nishan and Jaysen from Las Vegas.
Donalee and Manas were married for over 63 years and had 7 children; Greg and wife Mary, Mark and wife Shirley, Randy, Seta Badakhasian and husband Berge, Massis, Sona Marsh and husband Kenny, and Tamar De Arman and husband Don. Manas has 21 grandchildren; (Greg’s children) John, Christi and husband Shane Valleau, Gregory, Nicole and husband Alex Senderling, Mary, and Michael; (Mark’s children) Mark jr. and wife Caitlin, Ashley, Jessica, and Adam and wife Hannah, (Randy’s children) Danielle, Marissa, Ryan, and Alisha; (Seta’s children) Fallon, Andrew, Nicholas, and Gabriel; (Massis’s child) Lawrence, (Tamar’s children) James and Isabelle. Manas was also blessed with 6 great-grandchildren; Heidi and Jillian Grossen (Ashley), Blaise and Ava Marie Valleau (Christi), James Senderling (Nicole), and Keylin Boujikian (Mark Jr.), and his trusted companion, Chico.
His Family, his Generosity, and his Armenian Pride will always be the way we want to remember our dad.
Manas will be laid to rest in a Private Family Ceremony due to Covid 19 and the restriction of the cemetery and most importantly to protect Donalee. The family will have a Memorial/Celebration of Life when Covid restrictions are lifted and we can have a proper event for Manas in the near future.
In lieu of flower donations may be made to the ANCA Endowment Fund, In Memory of Manas Boujikian (send checks to: 1711 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036).
Donations will be given to support his various philanthropic efforts including ANCA and ACF (and many more). Thank you for being a part of Manas’s adventures in his wonderful and fulfilling life. He will be truly missed.