We have said goodbye to an immensely talented artist and champion of the human spirit. Charles Aznavour blessed the world with his remarkable brilliance, most notably a voice that could reach and capture the deepest confines of hearts and souls. He was one of the world’s most celebrated and well-known singers and song writers. He also stood out as a true humanitarian whose Armenian roots were inextricably woven into the spirit and intentions of his incredible philanthropic work.

Aznavour was a crusader for the underprivileged. He established his own foundation, Aznavour for Armenia, following the 1988 earthquake. When the Soviet Union crumbled, he was a great supporter of independence and dedicated himself to helping the country through its challenging transition. He was also a diplomat, eventually becoming the Swiss ambassador of Armenia and Armenia’s permanent delegate to the UN at Geneva.

FAR had a unique connection with Aznavour. During the late 1990s, we inherited Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH) from his foundation. Today, VOAH, an assisted living community for low-income seniors, remains one of our strongest projects. In 2011, FAR honored Aznavour at a reception in New York; Aznavour requested that all proceeds be directed to VOAH.

Aznavour was an artistic visionary, a hero, a pioneer, not only to the Armenian community but to the world. We at FAR will continue to fortify his legacy and his spirit and memory will live on within us all.

– From All of Us at Fund for Armenian Relief

Read Aznavour’s 2011 interview with Florence Avakian in “Yerevan” Magazine here.