Last Sunday, Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York, along with family, friends, and parishioners gathered at the Bucharest Restaurant in Sunnyside to celebrate the 100th birthday of Mr. Dickran Tavitian, a parishioner at the Cathedral. The Centennal party was organized by Mr. Tavitian’s children.

Born on July 31, 1912, in Bazarchiki, Bulgaria, Mr. Tavitian’s family moved to Romania. In 1938 he married Hripsime Vanlian. They were blessed with three children, Stepan, Arsineh, and Azniv, five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

“Mr. Tavitian and his family have been one of the most dedicated members of the Cathedral and the Armenian community since they came to the United States from Romania many decades ago,” said Rev. Fr. Lakissian. Der Hayr warmly congratulated Mr. Tavitian on his milestone birthday, expressed thanks for his dedication and support of the Mother Church, and wished him continued good health.

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian presents Dickran Tavitian with a plaque and a silver Dickran the Great pin in honor of his 100th birthday.