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The Zoryan Institute Announces Passing of a Longtime Supporter Souren Sarkissian


TORONTO , July 5, 2023: It is with great sadness that the Zoryan Institute announces the passing of a longtime supporter, Souren Sarkissian on Sunday, July 2, 2023. Souren died peacefully surrounded by his family in Toronto, Canada.


Souren is the late brother of the Zoryan Institute President and one of the founding members of the Institute, K.M. Greg Sarkissian. He was a staunch and loyal supporter of the Zoryan Institute’s work since its inception, and gave generously to causes supporting education, culture, and women empowerment.


Souren Sarkissian (Front Row, Centre) at the Zoryan Institute 35th Anniversary Gala.

The Zoryan Institute wishes to take this opportunity to express its heartfelt condolences to Souren Sarkissian's family and loved ones.


In lieu of flowers, the Sarkissian family has asked that donations be made to the Zoryan Institute, Hamazkayin or the Armenian Relief Society in his memory. To make a donation to the Zoryan Institute, please use the button below.


Funeral Details: A funeral service will be held on July 7th 2023 at 11am at Saint Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 45 Hallcrown Place, North York, ON M2J 4Y4, Canada.

The service will be immediately followed by the interment at the York Cemetery, 160 Beecroft Road, Toronto, ON M2N 5Z5, Canada.

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