Tellalian memorial set for Jan. 19

A memorial service for lawyer and community leader Robert S. Tellalian will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, 877 Park Avenue (at the corner of State Street) in Bridgeport. The memorial is open to the public.

Mr. Tellalian died at his Stratford home on Christmas, Dec. 25, 2012, just a few weeks following the death of his wife, Jean Hamilton Tellalian. He was 91.
He was also predeceased by his brother, Judge Aram Tellalian, with whom he was partner for more than 50 years in the downtown Bridgeport law firm of Tellalian & Tellalian. The firm moved to Trumbull a few years ago.

Mr. Tellalian served on numerous committees and boards, most notably as chairman of the board of trustees for the Greater Bridgeport Symphony since the mid-1990s and a leader with Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut (portraying Santa for 54 years at parties for the disabled and impoverished children).

Prior to his passing, Mr. Tellalian asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions benefit the organizations that he loved:

Greater Bridgeport Symphony,
446 University Avenue,
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Goodwill Industries,
165 Ocean Terrace,
Bridgeport, CT 06605

United Congregational Church,
Special Music Fund,
877 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604

For a full obituary, written by Phyllis Boros:

For an OP-ED tribute, written by Dave Keyes, in Sunday’s paper, 12/30/12 :

Phyllis Boros