Obituary: Harry Arsen Keleshian

Harry Arsen Keleshian “Mr. K” of Greenwich, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2016 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Beloved husband of Edna Jane Keleshian. Loving father of Alyssa Keleshian Bonomo and husband Thomas Bonomo, and (predeceased) son Arsen Harry Keleshian. Devoted and cherished grandfather (“Baba”) of Harry Nicholos Bonomo and Thomas Keleshian Bonomo. Dear brother of Deanna Stepanian. Harry also leaves an extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Born, November 22, 1937, in Bronx, NY, to Arsen Harry Keleshian and Alice Garabedian Keleshian, he graduated in 1955 from Roosevelt High School. In 1966, he married Edna Casparian with whom he moved to Greenwich in 1967 and opened the Carnival Card Stop on Greenwich Avenue. He subsequently opened Greenwich Office Supply, Greenwich Office Equipment, K’s Hallmark, and the Flower Gallery. While building his multiple entrepreneurial businesses, he began investing in real estate — both in the properties housing those businesses and in other properties as well.

Harry was a community leader and philanthropist. He was a founding member of Greenwich Green and Clean and the Downtown Retailers Association. He served on the Board of Directors for WGCH Radio and the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, and as chairman of the United Way block party and the Board of MicroCredit. He was very grateful for the town of Greenwich and felt a deep concern for both its business and aesthetic well-being.

As the son of an Armenian Genocide survivor, Harry was also extremely proud of his Armenian heritage. His compassion and empathy for the Armenian victims of the 1988 earthquake led him to participate with Americares in bringing 100 wounded children back to the United States for medical attention as well as assisting in the collection of over 250,000 pounds of clothing, which he personally helped deliver. He was an active member of his church, St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church in White Plains, NY and St. David’s Armenian Church in Boca Raton. He was a former Board member of the Armenian Church Endowment Fund and a major supporter of Armenian causes. During the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in 2015, he organized many events to support the commemoration and was responsible with others for billboards publicizing the first genocide of the twentieth century.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church, 1131 North Street, White Plains, NY. Wake and Public visitation will be from 10:00am-11:30am and the funeral from 11:30am-12:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Armenian Church Endowment Fund (for Keleshian Endowment in the memo) or Harry & Edna Keleshian Hall at St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church.

Services entrusted to the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, Greenwich.

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