James Kechejian

Obituary of James K Kechejian

James K. Kechejian, 91, who enjoyed the outdoors and good food, peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at his home in Burlington. He was born in Watertown the son of the late Krikor and Elizabeth (Kooyoomjian). He graduated from Watertown High School prior to joining the Navy during the Korean War. One of the ships he served on was the Midway.

James’ devotion to his family knew no bounds. He met the love of his life, Sarah “Sally” McGuinness, after his honorable discharge from the Navy, and they were married for 55 years. Their bond was unbreakable, a true testament to enduring love and partnership.

A familiar sight in his community, James could often be spotted on his bicycle, enjoying the Minuteman Bike path out for leisurely rides. He also enjoyed walking around Burlington in his retirement years.

He enjoyed traveling by boat. He ventured off by ship to Ireland with his family to visit his wife’s family. He also enjoyed a cruise to Bermuda for his 25th wedding anniversary.

He was employed most recently by Itek formerly of Lexington and previously held positions at Raytheon and Gulf Oil.

James’ love extended beyond his immediate family to his cherished grandchildren, with whom he shared a special bond. His quiet strength and unwavering support endeared him to all who knew him, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those he loved.

Mr. Kechejian was the brother of the late Lucy (Kechejian) Terzian of Lexington

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sarah “Sally” Kechejian of Burlington, his adoring daughter Elizabeth (Kechejian) Sweeney and her husband Daniel Sweeney III of Burlington, his sister, Mary Kechejian of Watertown and his cherished grandchildren, Sarah Sweeney, Daniel Sweeney IV and James Sweeney all of Burlington, as well as many loving brothers and sister in laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

At his request all funeral services are private and at the convenience of his family. Arrangements are by the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home. Donations in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice. To leave a condolence or to view his memorial slide show please visit www.sullivanfuneralhome.net.

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