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Rev. Edward M. Keazirian

Rev. Edward M. Keazirian, 91, of Cable Gardens, Ipswich, died Friday October 10, 2008 in the Peabody Glen Healthcare Center, Peabody, following his recent illness. He was the husband of Armine’ (Mikaelian) Keazirian with whom he shared sixty-one and half years of marriage.

Born in Boston February 19, 1917, son of the late Martin and Rose (Kizirian) Keazirian, he was a member of the Boston English High School Class of 1934. He was a 1939 graduate of Nyack College where he was president of his senior class. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gordon College in 1941, was awarded his Master of Divinity Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1944, and attended the University of Maine in Orono for further graduate studies in education. He was ordained a Minister of the Gospel in 1944 at the Ruggles Street Baptist Church, Roxbury, where he had been a member since childhood. The Keazirians married in 1947 in New York City. In his fifty-six years of pastoral ministry, he served four churches: the United Baptist Church in Old Town, Maine, the Lynnfield Street Baptist Church in Lynnfield, the Roslindale Baptist Church in Roslindale, and  the First Baptist Church in Bellingham from which he retired in 2000. During a hiatus from pastoral ministry he was a member of the Georgetown Baptist Church.

His ordination was held jointly in the American Baptist Churches USA and the Conservative Baptist Association.

He has served as a Board Member of the Conservative Baptist Home Mission Society and as Chairman of the Ordination Committee of the Conservative Baptist Association of Massachusetts, was a member of the Lynn Election Commission in the mid-1970s, and was Chaplain for the Police Department of Lynn and  for the Police and Fire Departments of Bellingham. He was a longtime member of the Young Men’s Christian Association.

A gifted athlete, he had been a state wrestling champion in high school and was a talented baseball player who had tryouts with the Red Sox and the Braves before entering the ministry. He was a lifetime Red Sox fan, coached and played church league softball and managed Little League teams in Lynn. A visual artist, he enjoyed illustration, creating signs and banners, and paintings. He also enjoyed reading and bird watching.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Edward M. Keazirian II of Beverly and John M. Keazirian and his wife Mindy Wilson of Glenview, IL; two daughters, Karen A. Keazirian of Littleton, NH and Ruth R. Keazirian and her husband Michael Lindsey  of Chicago; a sister, Anne K. Arlington of Braintree; grandchildren Taylor Rebekah  and Mikael John Keazirian, and a nephew, Rev. David Keazirian and his wife Lori of Edgewater, FL. He was the brother of the late Nicholas Keazirian formerly of Wollaston and Martin Keazirian formerly of Hingham.  His funeral will be held  Saturday  October 18, at 11 am in the First Presbyterian Church, 179  County Road, Ipswich, followed by interment in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Friday 5 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street,  Ipswich.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary,  Center for Urban Ministerial Education, 90 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 and/or Relief Aid, Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), 31 West Century Road, Paramus, NJ 07652.

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