|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1893|
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 1984|
San Diego County
Astor Basmajian was born in Armenia (when it was still Armenia before Turkey took most of it). My great grandfather came from a very well to do family that lived in a grand mansion that had an inner courtyard, much like a palace. His family was either of royal blood or involved in a high position of authority there. He spoke of being raised by lake Van and being able to see Mount Ararat from his home. He loved his country, until the Turks came in and slaughtered his entire family. Some of his family escaped in the night, only to be separated.
He, his older brother Gazar and other brother Adam were able to escape and board a ship eventually making their way to America via Ellis Island. They had nothing yet at such young an age the three of them opened their own Jewelry and Fur Company in New York, becoming Jewelers to some of the biggest stars of that time period (Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, etc).
He served in WWI and was blinded by mustard gas, but eventually regained his sight. Later he married Esther, the love of his life (who happened to have been previously married to his brother Adam) When Adam died in WWI during service, he felt compelled to take care of Esther and her newborn son. He loved Esther with his whole heart and they lived a very long life together.
They moved eventually to Ohio where they had a daughter Georgianna who later died from a childhood illness of some sort. Then they had another daughter Clara. When Esther's son from her previous marriage died in a terrible auto accident they later moved to California to start over.
Astor then bought many pieces of property in San Diego and became a very successful real estate entrepreneur. He died a very old man, who had a very good life, and one who respected everyone, worked hard and had a great sense of values. He lived the "American Dream" and always gave credit to God for all his blessings.
In his old age he caught pneumonia and later passed, when Esther learned that he had passed she couldn't live without him and died a few days later from a broken heart.---
Esther Praither Basmajian (1895 - 1984)
Greenwood Memorial Park
San Diego County
Created by: Dreaming Casually
Record added: Jan 28, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104325007