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Sarkisian Edward, 94, Of Cliffside Park

CLIFFSIDE, N.J. -- Edward Sarkisian, of Cliffside Park, died Wednesday, Oct. 28. He was 94.

Sarkisian was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Grace.

He was a longtime resident of Cliffside Park. Sarkisian was born in West New York, N.J., to Gregory and Perouz Sarkisian.

He is survived by his children, Arlene Denison, Angel DiRoma and her fiancé Lou Vasilow and Edward A. Sarkisian (Lorraine); granddaughter, Angelle Kursar (Donald); and great-grandchildren, Casandra Kursar (Donevan) and grandson, Daniel Sarkisian. Survivors also include many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother Arthur and sister Roselle Boogdanian.

A great focus of his life was on raising his family and togetherness. Sarkisian loved camping trips, and woodwork and building model aircraft since childhood. His occupation was working as a photo engraver in New York City.

He 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, a Sea Scout and participated on the Boy Scout drum corps league. Edward served in the U.S. Marines from 1939-45. In the Marine Corps he was awarded the position of Field Music Instructor at Parris Island.

He later served with the Marine Detachment in South Charleston, W.V., protecting an ordinance plant during 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 anti-aircraft gunner, ship bugler, captains Marine orderly and served during all Pacific campaigns of the ship. He assisted in the Marine operations in clearing the Japanese caves and securing airfields in Japan.

Funeral services were Monday in Fairlawn, N.J.

Donations may be made to The Armenian Missionary Association, Paramus, NJ or The USS Yorktown Association, PO BOX 1021, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465.

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