August 31, 2015


With heartfelt sadness we inform you of the passing of Vahakn S. Hovnanian, a Prince of Cilicia, a former delegate to the World General Assembly of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, and life-long supporter of the Armenian Church and Armenian education.

Mr. Hovnanian died today, August 31, 2015, in Armenia where he lived and utilized his extensive business and building acumen to help advance the independent Republic of Armenia, and encouraged others to follow suit.

Mr. Hovnanian was a supporter of the Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America since its establishment and served on the Executive Council in the 1970s. He was a member of Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey, where he served as chairman of the Board of Trustees and delegate to the National Representative Assembly for a number of years.

In 1976 he was one of the original founders of the Armenian School of New Jersey and with his wife Hasmig became the major supporter of the school which was renamed The Hovnanian School. He directed a major expansion of the school fifteen years ago that more than doubled the school’s facilities.

His immediate survivors include his wife, Hasmig, children Nina and Shant, five grandchildren, brother Hirair and sisters Anahid Misserlian and Dirouhi Krikorian.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

We pray All-Merciful God to receive his soul in eternal peace and bliss and comfort his loving family at this time of great loss. May his memory shine forth always.

Eastern Prelacy of the
Armenian Apostolic Church of America
138 East 39th Street | New York, NY 10016 US
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