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June 2, 1937 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Matthew Yervant Kaishian, beloved son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend, and US Army Veteran, born on June 2nd,1937, in Syracuse, New York, peacefully passed away, leaving behind a legacy of love, family, and dedication. Matthew was the son of Asdghik and Onnig Kaishian, refugees who were forced to flee from Armenia and who instilled in him a strong sense of heritage and community.
During his childhood, Matthew, along with his parents and older sister, Mary, moved to Yonkers, New York, where they became an integral part of a close-knit Armenian-American neighborhood and church community. Matthew attended Gorton High School in Yonkers and often worked with his father, who owned an Armenian carpet store in Bronxville. He later pursued his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Bridgeport, where he lettered in both football and baseball.
While at Bridgeport, Matthew met and married Marilyn Trew, and they were blessed with three children: James (Regina), Matthew (Ashley), and Katharine Kaishian, before they separated. After college, Matthew dedicated his career to St. Luke's School in New Canaan, CT, where he served in various teaching and leadership roles and built lifelong friendships with colleagues. Matthew was inducted into the St. Luke's Hall of Fame in 2011, based upon his coaching career that expanded five decades and included 32 title-winning teams.
During his time at St. Luke's, Matthew also found lasting love, marrying Valerie Costa Annecchino in 1982. Their union lasted for over 40 years and was filled with happiness. Matthew extended his love and dedication to Valerie's two sons, Lou (Julie) and Lee (Nancy) Annecchino. He embraced the role of grandfather with pride, cherishing moments with all of his grandchildren, who affectionately knew him as "Pops" - Maryanne (Masoud), Patty (Fortune), Jackie, Jimmy, Emma, J.J., Matt (Samantha), Kyle (Taylor) Kaishian; Logan and Katelyn Ross; Carlie, Kate, Paige, and Kyle Annecchino. Pops also enjoyed four great-grandchildren, Iman, Zayn, Amelia, Jay, Jackson, and John. Matthew was also uncle to his sister, Mary Sohigian's children, whom he also cherished - Paul, Jean, John, and Beth Ann and their families.
A passionate Yankees fan, Matthew enjoyed playing softball and continued pitching games into his 80s, showcasing his vitality and love for the game. He valued the simple pleasures of life, from savoring Armenian shish-kabobs or an American hotdog and vanilla milkshake, to spending quality time with his beloved wife, Val.
Matthew's legacy is one of love, loyalty, sharp-witted humor, warmth, and encouraging nature. He will be remembered not only for his accomplishments, but for the enduring impact he had on the lives of his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace, surrounded by the warmth of the memories he created and the love he shared.
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