Papken (Bob) Tootikian

 

Born December 25, 1947 in Kessab, Syria and passed away in Toronto on May 2, 2022.

 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of Papken Hagop Tootikian, who passed away on May 2, 2022.  Papken was predeceased by his brother Avedis Tootikian and survived by his brothers Rev. Vahan (Rosette) and Haig (Anahis) Tootikian.

 

Although he didn’t marry, family was always at the heart of what he did. He was loved by his nieces and nephews and by his many great nieces and nephews. Uncle Bob, as he was known to most people, loved life, and was always seen with a warm and inviting smile on his face. Whether you knew him because you were a client of his, or just simply ran into him at the Oakville Longo’s you were always guaranteed to get a smile on your face. His smile was always an infectious one. Papken had a zest for life which was evident through running his business, Imperial Rug Galleries in Oakville, and in his love for ballroom dancing.  He could frequently be seen giving lessons to people in his showroom. Everyone would commonly joke with him that he was the unofficial mayor of Oakville. Sometimes it appeared like his office was the entire stretch of Lakeshore in downtown Oakville, as he was commonly seen talking with people outside of the store.

 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 7, 2022, at the Armenian Evangelical Church located at 2600 14th Avenue, Markham, Ontario L3R 3X1.

 

Visitation will take place in the church from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with a service to follow at 11:00 a.m.  The burial will take place afterwards at York Cemetery in Toronto.

 

Respecting the current situation and the easing of restrictions, we kindly ask all to remain diligent in keeping each other safe. Please be respectful of one’s personal space. We also ask that all those attending wear masks. While your support is very much appreciated, if you have a fever or any symptoms associated with Covid-19, please be diligent and remain at home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), Memo: Papken Tootikian Endowment Fund or Armenian Evangelical Church of Toronto.

 

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