K. George Bournazian
K. George Bournazian of Orleans, Massachusetts, died at home on February 12, 2017, at the age of 90 years old. George lived a rich and colorful life like no other, and is remembered with an enduring spirit within so many communities. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 12, 1926, George was the son of the late Krikor and Rose Calusdian Bournazian. As a student at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) during World War II he was sent into battle zones. He graduated in 1947. Additionally, he played trumpet as a member of the USMMA marching band. Georges love of music, especially jazz, spanned throughout his life and was ever enduring. Upon graduation, George continued to serve in the United States Navy and subsequently the United States Naval Reserve as an officer. Before initiating his 37-year career in management as a mechanical and electrical engineer at General Electric, George worked in show business as a ventriloquist and comedian. Based in New Orleans, his stints included opening for the singer, comedienne and actress Sophie Tucker. Later in life, George used his ventriloquism skills to entertain family and friends and especially will be remembered at his church for using his figures during services to humorously encourage congregants to give generously. George was a member of the Orleans United Methodist Church, where he served in several roles, including singing in the choir and as a Trustee. He organized reunions at his alma mater, USMMA, and volunteered with the Lower Cape Outreach Council. He was a member of the Elfun Society (Management-Level GE Retirees), Orleans Mens Coffee Club, the Nauset Model Railroad Club, and the Orleans Yacht Club. George was also a lifetime member of the Masonic Order. George is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth Isabella (Onken), of 52 years, two children; daughter, Thea Isabella, Washington, D.C., son, J. David Bournazian, San Juan Capistrano, California, daughter-in-law, Maureen (Pesci) Bournazian, and his two grandchildren, Evan Christopher and Isabella Lauren. He was predeceased by his brother and best friend David G. Bournazian. Relatives and friends are warmly invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, February 17, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a masonic service beginning at 5:30p.m. within the Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA 02653. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at the Orleans United Methodist Church, 73 Main Street, Orleans, Massachusetts 02653. Burial will be private in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.
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