AUBURN, Mass. – Moses "Mark" Sarkis Sarkisian, a longtime Auburn resident and business owner, died Jan. 2 at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester. He was 86.
He was born Sept. 14, 1926, in Charlton, Mass., to Sarkis and Nectar Vanetzian Sarkisian. Raised in Rutland, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an air traffic controller during World War II.
Sarkisian was the founder and president of Capitol Siding Company and Auburn Realty Company for more than 60 years. He also worked for the Horgan Detective Agency in Worcester as a private detective.
He was a lifelong member of Joel H. Prouty Lodge of Masons and Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks.
A member of the Worcester Better Business Bureau, Sarkisian previously served on the Auburn Industrial Development Committee, Auburn Rationing Board and Auburn Planning Board.
He also served as a Town Meeting member and as president of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, director of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, officer and director of Auburn Chamber of Commerce, and director of Home Securities of America, the Auburn Project and Worcester Business Development Corporation.
Sarkisian helped develop many commercial and industrial projects, including the Auburn Mall, Auburn Industrial Park and Interchange Industrial Park.
He was named Auburn Democrat of the Year and Auburn Citizen of the Year. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Mass., for more than 25 years. He participated in and won many golf tournaments there.
An avid card player, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church in Worcester.
Sarkisian is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy Lee (Norman) Sarkisian; two sons, Mark (AnnMarie) Sarkisian Jr., of Sutton, Mass., and Dale (Nancy) Sarkisian, of Auburn; a daughter, Sheri Lee (Mark Hauser) Sarkisian, of Manhattan; a brother, Patrick (Carol) Sarkisian, of Rutland, Mass.; and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers, James and William Sarkisian.
There was a funeral service Monday at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church. Britton-Wallace Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, 635 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605.