Paul Goshgarian 92, of Cranston, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on January 7, 2019. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Boranian) Goshgarian, “the love of his life”.
Paul was born on May 16, 1926 in Providence, Rhode Island and spent the early years of his life in East Providence before moving to Providence and later Cranston. He was a first generation American and the son of the late Boghos and Zartig (Krikorian) Goshgarian, who were Armenian Genocide survivors.
Paul is survived by his son James Garan of Cranston, his daughter Jean Goshgarian Michael of Cranston, his loving grandchildren Laura Gaboudian and husband Aram of Pasadena, CA and Thomas Michael and wife Rachelle of Cranston as well as his cherished great grandson Alec Paul Michael, who brought so much joy to his life. He was the brother of the late Sally (Goshgarian) Ohanian (Vartan) and the late John Garan (Virginia) as well as the brother-in-law of Anna (Boranian) Parascandolo and the late Anthony Parascandolo, Peter and Alice Boranian. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Barbara Harootunian (Karnig), William Ohanian, Cynthia Ohanian, Anthony Parascandolo (Susan), Alan Parascandolo, Gerald Parascandolo, Charles Boranian (Gail), Kenneth Boranian (Wendy), Paul Boranian (Lily) and Peter Boranian. In addition, he is survived by his cousins Carl Goshgarian and Sona Damergy.
Paul bravely served our country during World War II in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Papua, New Guinea. He also held a long career at the U.S. Army Map Service, later known as the Defense Mapping Agency, until his retirement in 1981. Paul was also a Freemason.
Paul was the most wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His first priority was always his family and spending time with them. Paul also enjoyed golfing with his wife for many years and tending to his garden. He was also incredibly handy and built one of his homes in Cranston. Paul was always able to fix things around the house and repair cars for family, friends and neighbors. He also loved passing his knowledge on to his grandson. However, his favorite pastime was attending his grandchildren’s sporting events throughout the years and he and his wife, Mary, never missed a game. They were known to everyone as Gramma and Papa.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Friday at 11:00am in Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church 402 Broadway Providence followed by burial in Highland Memorial Park Johnston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Vartanantz Mourad Armenian School or Sts. Vartanantz Sunday School 402 Broadway Providence, RI 02909.
Paul A. Boranian - 01/09/2019
Jeanie, Jimmy, Tommy and Laura
You are in our thoughts and prayers and may you find comfort in whatever means and time for you. May the reunion of Auntie Mary and Uncle Paul be as wonderful and more in heaven as their time was on earth. We do and will miss them while we are grateful for having them bless our lives. Sincerely Paul, Lily and Anna
Mardig and Lisa Gaoudian - 01/09/2019
Dear Jean and Michael Family, please accept our heartfelt condolences for the passing of your father. Although we didn’t get a chance to meet him, reading his biography, we understand how much he will be missed by you and his loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Neil D. Damon - 01/09/2019
Dear Jim, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I know from you talking about him, that he was a very special man. May he rest in peace. God bless you and your entire family .
Mary DerManouelian - 01/10/2019
Dear Jean and Family, Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dear dad. May he rest in eternal pedce with his beloved Mary.
Asdvadz Hokeen Lousavoreh.
Maral Kachadourian - 01/10/2019
Dear Michael and Goshgarian family, may your Dad's soul rest in peace and may all his memories live on.
John O'Leary - 02/10/2019
Jim &, Jean,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your father. I regret that I was out of state at the time of his passing and unable to express my condolences in person. I am so sorry for the loss. We are grateful for your father's service to our country in WWII. May happy memories help to carry you through this sad time.