Simon V. Dermuksian, 101 years of age, of Scituate Ave., passed away peacefully at home with his sister at his side, Monday, May 1, 2023. Born April 11, 1922, in Providence, he was the son of the late Vahan and Vartoohe (Terzagian) Der Mksian, and the beloved brother of Elizabeth “Betty” Dermuksian.
Simon was a lifelong resident of Cranston. He was a graduate of Cranston High School and Bryant College where he earned a degree in business administration. Upon graduation he enlisted in the army where he achieved the rank of sergeant.
After serving his country he joined his family business, Major Oil. He served his customers well for over fifty years and was proud to provide his best service to all. While working he made many lasting connections and friends with whom he enjoyed throughout is lifetime.
After retiring from the family business, Simon continued to work on the family homestead where he took a special interest in growing different varieties of apples. He was a member of the RI Fruit Growers Association and URI Extension Program where he continued to enhance his knowledge of farming. With over 225 apple trees, Simon invited friends and their families to pick and learn about the different kinds of apples. Adults and children were always fascinated with the many stories Simon shared about apples and how to pick them correctly. He gave most of his apple harvest to those who came to pick and to food shelters and community outreach programs.
Simon always made time for others. He joined many organizations including the Shriners and Masons.
He was a devoted brother to his sister Elizabeth. They took great care of each other in their beloved family home.
Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service, Monday, May 8, at 11am in the “WOODLAWN” Funeral Home, 600 Pontiac Ave., Cranston. Burial with military honors will follow at the Swan Point Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday afternoon from 2pm until 4pm in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are greatly appreciated to Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, 402 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909 or to Amedysis Foundation (Beacon Hospice. Please add Simon’s name to the memo line of checks), 1 Catamore Blvd., East Providence, RI 02914.
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