Raffy Komeshian was born on June 30, 1937 in Yonkers, New York to Sophie (Ouligian) and Harry Komeshian.
As a boy he often joined his family in the Catskills where they all worked at a resort over the Summers. According to his sister Sara, it was kind of like the movie Dirty Dancing but without all the dancing. His father Harry played the Armenian guitar known as an Oud. Raffy continued to enjoy listening to Armenian Oud music at Armenian events, including the annual St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church picnic.
Growing up he loved playing cards and backgammon and as an adult he always played to win, even taking his own daughters for all they had in family Monopoly games. His strategy was to buy Boardwalk and Park Place and put hotels up—and it worked every time. He enjoyed poker, blackjack and casino games, calling them his "entertainment."
In school, Raffy excelled at math and science. He was an expert with all things related to engineering as he enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together again. After college, he joined the Navy and received a letter of commendation for exhibiting exemplary performance of duty and professional knowledge when repairing a diesel engine. While in the Navy, he traveled the high seas. It sparked his love for international adventure and inspired him to go on safari in Africa in the early 70s.
Raffy was an avid reader and trivia buff. He made it far enough through tryouts for Jeopardy that he got to meet Alex Trebek. He followed baseball, football, and hockey, and remained a loyal Mets fan over the years.
His mother Sophie lived to 103. Raffy visited her daily at the Cortlandt Healthcare Nursing Home in Cortlandt Manor. He was so proud of his grandsons, Benjamin and Jack and shared photos of them with all the folks he knew there. He became a very recognizable fixture from his friendly smile and big puff of white hair.
Raffy died at age 81 in Cortlandt Manor, New York from a subdural hematoma resulting from an accidental fall. He is survived by his daughters Laura Komeshian and Christina Komeshian, his grandchildren Benjamin and Jack, his sister Sara Hatchadoorian, his nieces Caryl Minard and Danielle Rydberg and his nephew Andrew Hatchadoorian. He is also survived by many friends in the Putnam and Westchester communities who loved him.
Raffy, you are gone too soon, you are missed and you will not be forgotten!