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Charles Shishmanian

Charles Shishmanian, 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, June 4th at his home in Louisville, KY. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend Visiting Hours for Charles on Saturday, June 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Noon) at the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt.107) Revere, MA. A Funeral Service will be conducted in the funeral home at 12:15 p.m., immediately followed by Interment & Military Honors in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA. Following the interment, the family invites you to join them at DeMaino’s Restaurant, 14 Malden St., Revere. Please RSVP by email to

Charles was born April 15, 1928, in Winthrop, MA. He was the son of the late Jack and Agnes Shishmanian. Charles grew up in Revere, MA and graduated Revere High School in 1946 where he played football. He enlisted in the Navy and served two years as a medic. Charles graduated from McLean Hospital School of Nursing, obtained a BS in Nursing from Boston College, and received a M.Ed. in Rehabilitation from Springfield College. He was Nurse Administrator at the Armenian Nursing Home and worked for the MA Department of Public Health for 35 years as a surveyor of healthcare facilities and nursing homes. In 1953, Charlie married the love of his life Eunice M. Ferjulian and God blessed their harmonious marriage for 69 years. Charles had strong Christian beliefs and values and a deep faith in God and in the essential goodness of man as a creature of God. He cherished his family and friends who graced his home and was sociable and outgoing to others. He was a member of the Newton Highlands Congregational Church where he sang in the choir and served on several committees. Charles was a Mason and Shriner for 61 years. He volunteered at the local Boy Scout Troop and the YMCA. He shared a love for sports, fishing and music. He faithfully followed the Patriots and the Red Sox. Charles, formerly of Newton Highlands, MA, spent many years traveling with his wife Eunice, spending winters in Barbados and summers on Cape Cod. 

He was the devoted husband of Eunice M. (Ferjulian) Shishmanian. The loving father of Ara Shishmanian (Terry), Greg Shishmanian (Nhan), and Carl Shishmanian (Lisa). He was the dear and caring brother of Anita Shishmanian (Dan Brooks) and the late Elizabeth Rollins (Raymond). The cherished Papa of Beth Kincaid (Chris), Danielle, Tara, Katherine, Jennifer, and his great-grandson Preston Shishmanian.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Charles’ memory may be made to: Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands, MA 02161 or Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40207.


Visiting Hours

Saturday, June 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Funeral Service

Saturday, June 25th at 12:15 p.m. in the Funeral Home


Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett

Gathering of Fellowship (Following the interment)

DeMaino’s Restaurant, 14 Revere St., Revere. Please RSVP by email to

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    Jun 24 2022


  2. kathleen potter
    Jun 20 2022

    To the Entire Shishmanian Family:
    Please accept my condolences for your loss. As a friend of Anita, Charlie’s “Little Sister,” I have learned of their love and devotion to one another. Anita mourns the loss of her brother very much, yet I suspect she feels very fortunate to have his wife and children still in her life. Charlie has left them so many lovely memories to hold and to share.

  3. Naira Avetisyan
    Jun 18 2022

    Dear Eunice ,
    My sincere condolences to you and the family. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
    I recall how much time you two spent together. You were a role model of a Loving and Caring Family. May all your precious memories comfort you during this heartbreaking time.
    It was such a privilege and honor to know Charlie. I always admired his wonderful sense of humor and his positive attitude. He was such a special person. He will truly be missed by all of us.
    May his Sould Rest in Peace!

  4. Mary Summers and Family
    Jun 14 2022

    We were blessed by Charlie’s presence for many years, and always delighted by his storytelling skills, big laugh, and indeed his big heart. My favorite memory is Charlie sneaking into our kitchen, dressed in full Santa garb and ready to Ho-Ho-Ho when I walked in! This gentle giant just loved to bring a smile to everyone.

    The love he and Eunice shared was a gift to witness, and their passion to make a difference will stay with us always.

    God bless your family, and we are grateful that their three blessed sons will keep Mom company during the return to Massachusetts and beyond. Sending our Love to all.

  5. Anita Shishmanian
    Jun 14 2022

    Charlie was my “big brother”. Given that he was 17 years older then me that was true both figuratively as well as literally. He was always like a sun beam spreading cheer and warm feelings whenever he stepped into a room. When I was little he was constantly trying to get me to do acrobatics like stand in his hand as he lifted me up in the air. It was a little terrifying but then, he was my BIG brother. I cried at his wedding as in my child’s brain I thought it would keep him from crying. He and Eunice made me an aunt at the ripe old age of 10, and again 2 more times. It was Charlie who walked me down the isle after my dad died, it was my BIG brother who gave me away. I’ll miss him deeply, but am oh so grateful for his presence in my life. To Eunice and to my nephews my condolences. Find strength that his love with always be with you, and for all the memories he gave us all.

  6. Sharon Stern
    Jun 9 2022

    For the brief time I have known Charlie and also Eunice through 2nd Presbyterian, I so admire both of them. Charlie had a joy of life and a twinkle in his eye. When he talked to you, you knew he was authentic and deep. I was fortunate to know him and will miss him. My deepest love and God’s comfort to Eunice and his family.

  7. Ara Azad Barsoumian
    Jun 9 2022

    Thank you for the stories you’ve told me over the years and the birthday cards you sent me every year Charles.
    My heartfelt condolences Eunice.
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    Երկնքի արքայութեան արժանանայ:
    Ara Azad

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