NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

April 4, 2013

Edward Zoolalian, 78


Los Angeles, CA — Ed Zoolalian, proud Newburyport native, peacefully passed away on April 1, 2013. He was 78 years old. He was a generous and loving husband, father, grandfather and a loyal friend who fought a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease, but never stopped loving life and looking forward to the future with his family.

Ed was born on May 4, 1934, in Newburyport. He was the youngest of three brothers, Charles and Harold. Their parents, Masis and Haygouhi, had emigrated from Armenia in the early 1900’s. Masis owned and operated his own shoe repair shop on Federal Avenue for 50 years, three blocks from their home on Spring Street and Federal. Ed was the salutatorian of the Newburyport High class of 1952, graduate of MIT in 1956, and holder of a master’s degree in management from the University of Southern California. He met his French-Canadian wife, Denise Ruel, in Japan while serving in the army. They married in October of 1959 and relocated to Pasadena, Calif., that same year. Within a couple of years they purchased what would be their lifetime home in Monrovia, Calif. He loved the small town feel of Monrovia; he often said it reminded him of his Newburyport neighborhood.

Ed proudly served two terms as City Councilman of Monrovia and during his term he was able to re-develop the city into a thriving business center. He loved his career as a manufacturing manager working 30 years with a local electronics firm, Neff Instruments Corp. in Monrovia.

Ed is survived by his wife, Denise, and three children, Jim of Marina del Rey, Pamela of Pasadena, and Linda of Glendale.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held Friday, April 5 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Turner & Stevens Live Oak Mortuary, 200 East Duarte Rd., Monrovia, CA, 91016. For more information, call 626-359-5311.