Harry Tarpinian

February 24, 1930 - March 28, 2013
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Harry Tarpinian 83 of Granby, MA formerly of Ludlow, MA and Misquamicut, RI passed away peacefully on Monday March 28, 2013, to be reunited with the love of his life Evelyn M. Tarpinian who passed away April 23, 2003. He was born in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield on February 24, 1930 and recently celebrated his 83 birthday with his gang. Harry proudly served his country during WW II in Germany. Upon his return to the Unites States after WW II, he bought for Indian Motorcycles for his enjoyment. He then asked his brother Leo, who purchased cars in NYC for re-sale in Springfield, to find him a Harley Davidson so he could add it to his collection of Indians. Harry always spoke proudly of being the first Harley Davidson owner in Springfield, while also having four Indian Motorcycles at the same time. Harry met the love of his life, Evelyn Gurski while dancing at the Brookside Cafe in Ludlow. On their first date, Harry went to his future wife’s house on his Indian motorcycle where her Polish parents sat on the veranda and watched him pull up. Evelyn ran down the veranda stairs and jumped on the back of the bike with her long blond hair blowing in the wind as her father ran down the street telling her to get off that motorcycle! Harry and Evelyn fell in love and eloped to Los Angles, CA with the blessing of Evelyn’s family. They lived there for 3 years and upon their return bought a home in Ludlow, MA where they resided for over 50 years. Harry was a self-employed plumber for over 30 years; a job he truly loved. He continued his friendships with all tradesmen within the Western, Massachusetts area until his death. He was a Mason for over 50 years, joining while living in Los Angles, and continued with the Indian Orchard Lodge and currently with the Brigham Lodge in Ludlow. He summered at the family home in Misquamicut, RI where he would sit on the back deck, listening to Armenian and Polish music while watching boats sailing on the Atlantic Ocean. He was a life member of the Westerly Yacht Club in Westerly, RI. He enjoyed fishing on his boat The Royal Flush, but most of his enjoyment was being Captain of his vessel while he watched his three grandchildren and his son-in-law catch fish in Long Island Sound. Harry was most proud of his daughter and her family, which he referred to as His Gang. He leaves his cherished daughter Tamara Tarpinian Jachym of whom he was very proud of, especially when she graduated from Worcester State College at the age of 34 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. He leaves his beloved son-in-law Robert S. Jachym, proudly referred to as Polakie because of his Polish heritage. Harry enjoyed Robert’s gift for good conversation along with knowing that Robert was always there for him and would often say, Bob is the best son-in-law a man could have. He also leaves his three precious grandchildren. His loving granddaughter Angela Anne Jachym age 19 lovingly referred to as his Angel and his Sweetheart. Harry was so proud of his granddaughter when she graduated from Belchertown High School in 2011 and received the Presidential Scholarship from Bay Path College of Academic accomplishments. He also leaves his loving grandson Jeremy Thomas Tarpinian Jachym age 15 who he fondly referred to as the Professor because of his wealth of knowledge on many subjects or also called him My Buddy. He admired Jeremy’s gentle manner. He especially enjoyed Jeremy’s cooking and always complimented him on his chicken, roast beef, and steak dinners. Harry also leaves a grandson Eric Michael Tarpinian Jachym, age 9 who was born in October 2003 six months after his wife died. He always would look into Eric’s big blue eyes, and smile and say Grandma would have loved you! Harry would refer to Eric as The Little One or Sweetheart. He would always compliment Eric on what a good boy he was and how knowledgeable he was about fishing, Legos, and gardening. Harry also leaves a good friend Angelo who he saw every day at his office, his adopted son Sam Paxio, his Godchild Sam Paxio Jr., the coffee club boys at McDonalds on Boston Rd. and his friends at St. Gregory’s Armenian Church, where he would often times volunteer his time to help his good friend Harry Setian make meals for church functions. Harry also leaves many friends and family too numerous to mention who have been so kind to Harry during sickness and health. The family would also like to extend a sincere than you to all the Staff at Baystate Medical Center 6 floor of the Daley Building, especially Dr. Demateo whose kindness and compassion meant so much to harry and his family during such a difficult time. To the Town of Granby, Fire, Police and ambulance Departments who have assisted Harry on many occasions throughout the years. He always said Boy they are Terrific. We would also like to thank Atkinson Family Practice, Dr Paul Baecher and Dr. Kate Atkinson and their wonderful staff and to Dr. Thomas Weil and all his staff for their compassion over the last 2 years. The family would also like to thank the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Staff and VNA who have also given Harry great care over the years. It was Harry’s request that a graveside service be held on Thursday April 4, 2013 at 11 AM in Island Pond Cemetery Center St. Ludlow There are no calling hours. A 40 days Mass will be offered at St. Gregory’s Armenian Church Goodwin St Indian Orchard, MA Sunday May 5, 2013 at 10 AM.

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It was Harry’s request that a graveside service be held on Thursday April 4, 2013 at 11 AM in Island Pond Cemetery Center St. Ludlow

A 40 days Mass will be offered at St. Gregory’s Armenian Church Goodwin St Indian Orchard, MA Sunday May 5, 2013 at 10 AM.

Island Pond Cemetery
Center Street
Ludlow, MA 1056


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Born: February 24, 1930
Died: March 28, 2013

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