Ara Proudian, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 19, 2022, in New Rochelle, New York at the age of 52. Ara was a lifetime resident and well-known figure in the New Rochelle community. He was born on July 02, 1969, in New Rochelle, NY. Ara grew up in a close-knit, loving family where there was always laughter, sports, and fun radiating from his home. After graduating from New Rochelle High School in 1987, Ara attended The George Washington University where he proudly received a Bachelor of Science in Economics in the spring of 1991. Ara went on to pursue a career in finance, where his critical thinking skills shined. His most recent position was Chief Financial Officer of Apollo Jets headquartered in New York City.
Ara took great pride in his Armenian identity. He was an active participant at St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Apostolic Church in White Plains, NY and devoted his free time to learning Armenian culture. When Ara wasn’t studying Armenian, he could be found at Pelham Country Club showing off his killer backhand on the paddle courts and his scratch golf skills on the greens.
Although he did not have any children, Ara was eager to share his knowledge and love with his six nieces and nephews. Whether it be a lesson on how to play lacrosse from a moving vehicle or making something magically disappear, ‘Uncle’ always knew how to make his nieces and nephews smile. The many kind words, texts, emails and messages sent to Ara and his family are testimony to the strong friendships he cherished.
Ara was preceded in death by his father Ara Proudian, and survived by his mother Bonnie Mack Proudian; his sister Lynn Proudian (Gerard) Garofolo; his brother Thomas (Lara) Proudian; his“Չարաճճի” (naughty) nieces and nephews Juliette, Brianna, Gerard, Hudson, Ryder, and Sage; and devoted dog, Belle.
Ara’s witty sense of humor and silly tricks will be greatly missed. A mass honoring Ara will be held on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30 AM at St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Apostolic Church in White Plains, NY. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church. https://www.stgregorywp.com/join-us/donate/