Aron J. (Jack) Aronian, 94, a longtime resident of Watertown and Canton, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Metro West Hospital in Framingham on January 25, 2021. He was a beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather.
Aron was born in Boston, MA on June 1, 1926, a son to the late Hagop and Martha ( Mooshoian) Aronian. He graduated from Newton High School, took a job at Raytheon in Newton, but was drafted by the army shortly after. Achieving the rank of Sargent Major, he honorably served his country during World War II. Returning from the war, he resumed his work at Raytheon. His dedication and strong work ethic earned him the position of plant manager during his forty nine year career.
Aron's parents both died when he was very young. During this period, he developed a deep relationship with the Kiley family who warmly embraced him like their own son. He remained very close to them throughout his life, and was respectfully addressed as "Uncle Aron".
In 1949 he married Lillian L. (Smith). They settled in Watertown and raised their three children. Aron was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed bowling, skiing until his 80's and a good round of golf at Ponkapoag Golf Course with his family and friends. A great New England sports fan, he enjoyed following his teams, especially the Patriots. He was a season ticket holder and member of the Huddle Club for over 30 years. A lucky family member was always invited to tailgate and enjoy the game. He loved the dance floor and the melodies of Frank Sinatra. He appreciated a good meal from Demo's or his familiar seat at The 99 in Canton.
Aron was a man of strong faith, always counting his blessings and giving thanks to God. His Sunday morning wouldn't be complete without attending mass at St. Patrick's Church followed by breakfast at Friendly's. He always made family and friends feel special by sending personalized cards and notes for all occasions. He cherished his role as "Pop" to his grandchildren and was their biggest fan. He rarely missed an opportunity to cheer them on.
Aron is survived by his children: Karen M. Terella (Michael) of Littleton, Paul S. Aronian (Nancy) of Chelmsford and Catherine A. Murray (William) of Framingham; his 8 grandchildren, Adam Terella (Tara), Christopher Terella (Rosie), Matthew Aronian (Trang), Scott Aronian, Kaitlyn Buckley (Derek), Michael Aronian, Kristen Finneran (James) and Patrick Murray; his 13 great-grandchildren, Ava, Alyssa, Jack, Jameson, Lily, Mason, Annie, Olivia, Kayla, Hunter, Owen, Tenley, and Peyton; his sister, Annie Yourell (late Richard) of Sandwich. In addition to his former wife, Lillian, Aron is predeceased by his brother George Aronian.
Family and friends will honor and remember Aron's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, February 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. Memory sharing will conclude calling hours at 7 pm. His Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday in Saint Patrick Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Boston.
Aron's family will plan a future celebration of his life when it is safe for everyone to gather freely.
Those who would like to view Jack's memory sharing at the conclusion of the wake and his funeral Mass may do so via this link at 7 p.m. Friday and again at 10 a.m. on Saturday: https://my.gather.app/remember/aron-aronian
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Catholic Charities USA www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/ways-to-give
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – a note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:
During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.
Telephone your friend to offer words of love, support and a verbal hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.
These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.
When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit to the venue where they are held should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.
It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.
Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.
Cemetery services are included in the current outdoor gathering limit of twenty-five people.
During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance. Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.