Newburyport, MA — Papkan Charles Sahagian, 88, longtime Newburyport resident, passed peacefully on Friday afternoon at Country Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Newburyport.
He was born in the Dorchester section of Boston on May 23, 1925. He graduated from high school in Boston, then entered the military, proudly serving his country with the United States Army during World War II, from September 9, 1943, until his honorable discharge on April 24, 1946, with the rank of Private First Class. Upon returning from military service, he went on to further his education, receiving an associate degree in engineering, followed by a degree in business administration.
He started his career as a bus driver for the MBTA in Boston, and after settling in the Newburyport area, he became a bus driver for Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury, until his retirement.
As an accomplished woodworker, “Pappy” as he was known by many, had handcrafted many fine pieces of furniture in his home. He was passionate about cats and truly enjoyed the companionship of his last cat, Toby. Pappy was also a frequent visitor at the senior center in Newburyport, partaking in their various activities, including the sing-alongs, birthday parties and special holiday dinners.
Predeceased by his special friend, Virginia, he leaves behind many dear friends, some of whom have known him since he was a young man. Pappy was the type of individual that once you knew him, you never forgot him.
ARRANGEMENTS: A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 25, at 11 a.m., at Belleville Cemetery, Storey Ave., Newburyport. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, 63 Elm Street, Salisbury, MA 01952, or the Pentucket Regional High School Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 36, Groveland, MA 01834. Arrangements by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport.