Walter Vartanian

Dec 31, 2018
Walter Vartanian

Rockport — Varty “Walter” Vartanian, 80, passed away December 24, 2018, at home with his loving family by his side. Walter was born in Worcester, Mass., July 6, 1938, to Vortig and Lucy Vartanian, survivors of the Armenian genocide, both of whom predeceased him.. He proudly served an enlistment in the Air Force Reserve and was the owner of several businesses, including Betty’s Spa in Worcester Mass., The Donut Kitchen in Holden, Mass., Rockport Corner Shop in Rockport and Osterville Cheese Shop in Osterville, Mass. He will be fondly  remembered by his friends, family and patrons for his antics and sarcastic sense of humor.

A few joys of his life were spending time with his grandchildren and watching murder mysteries with his wife. He played the dumbeg in The Aramite Band, a group widely known in the Armenian community in Worcester, Mass.,, during the late 1950s with his dear cousin Kap Kaprielian. Walter was considered one of the finest dumbeg and bongo players in the country at the time.

Walter was predeceased by his parents. Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Lorraine Vartanian; his children, Mark Vartanian and his wife, Tracy, Shari Hellstrom and her fiancé, Thomas McLellan, and Kristina Hilt and her husband, Benjamin; his sister, Dian Belsito; and his grandchildren, Taylor, Bailey, Gunnar, Garrett and Grace.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter’s name to Mid-Coast Transportation. Memories and condolences can be shared at directcremationofmaine.com. Memorial services are private.

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