Roupen Garabedian Obituary, Death – A talented musician, a successful doctor, a devoted husband, father, and Babig, as well as a fervent follower of the Armenian Catholic Church. He is all of these things and more. Andre Garabedian was born on May 11, 1945 in the city of Latakia, Syria to parents Simon and Leonie (Tutundjian) Garabedian, both of whom had survived the Armenian Genocide.
Andre was named after his grandfather, Andre Garabedian, who had been a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. Andre was raised in both Latakia and Damascus, and he obtained his medical degree from Damascus University in 1973. Andre’s childhood years were split between the two cities. In his earlier years, he enjoyed success as a concert pianist and composer, both of which he did professionally.
He sang in a variety of various languages, and he was fluent in six of those languages. He was an accomplished singer. He was a man who possessed a wide range of skills. Andre moved to the United States immediately following his graduation from medical school. He eventually made his home in Pennsylvania, where he practiced medicine for more than four decades after settling there. Andre, who was better known to many people by the name Dr. G, committed his life to his family, the patients he treated, and the town in which he lived.
He would make the trip from his home in Haverford, Pennsylvania, to St. Mark’s Armenian Catholic Church in Haverford on the first Sunday of every month to play the organ there. His sense of pride in his Armenian origin remained strong throughout his life. He was well-known for his warm smile, compassionate and caring demeanor, desire for learning, selflessness, and eyebrows, of course. All of these things contributed to his philanthropy. Simon and Leonie, Andre’s parents, both passed away prior to their son’s birth.
His father was named Simon, and his mother’s name was Leonie. Among those who continue to carry on his legacy are his loving nieces and nephews, as well as his wife Virginia (née Fala), children Simone (Jerry), Andre (Beth), and Marc (Meghan), grandchildren Andre III, Bennett, Jack, and Wilma, and siblings Sonia and Lili (Tacvor). In addition, he will be greatly missed by the entirety of the Armenian community in Philadelphia, where he was a steadfast leader for a large number of years. His legacy will live on in the city’s Armenian-Americans for generations to come.