David Marzbanian


David Marzbanian died on Feb. 15, 2015, from complications due to several medical issues. Recently in hospice care, David died peacefully in his sleep. He was 90.

He was born on Dec. 30, 1924, to Kachig and Hripsima Marzbanian in the city of Lowell, where he grew up with his younger sister Rosalie. David was an accomplished pianist. He was trained in the classical tradition, but jazz became his passion. He entered the Army, like so many of his generation, right after high school, spending time in both the European and Pacific theaters. He returned home and was honorably discharged on Feb. 24, 1946. Upon his return, David continued his education at the University of Missouri, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

David married Patricia Giragosian in the fall of 1951. Soon after, they moved to Windsor, Vt., where he was employed at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. as a chemical engineer. He stayed with the company for 35 years before he retired.

David loved reading, and instilled that love in all of his children. He was an avid sports fan, and followed the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins, as well as his alma mater Missouri’s sports teams. He also enjoyed golfing at the Windsor Country Club and skiing at Mount Ascutney with his family and friends.

Martha’s Vineyard was a very special place for David. Introduced to the Vineyard by his sister Rosalie in the early 1970s, he like so many fell in love with the Island. The family would visit each and every year thereafter. He especially loved to walk the beaches, combing them for sea glass, or simply to relax with a book. He was delighted when two of his children settled down and established their own homes there in the early 1980s. In 2009, after the death of his wife, he came to live on the Island with his son Peter.

David was predeceased by his wife of eight years, Patricia. He is survived by his daughter Susan and her husband Jay Cannistraro, his son Robert and his wife Diana, his daughter Ellen, his son Peter and his wife Elizabeth, grandchildren Anthony, Bobby, Alisha, Kirstin and Trevor, great-grandchildren Sophie and Bennett, and his sister Rosalie.

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