Newtonville, NY – Martin Kenosian, 91, beloved husband for 56 years of Joyce McCollum Kenosian, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Albany Memorial Hospital with his loving family by his side.
Martin was born on January 21, 1927, at home, in Watervliet and was the son of the late Ernest and Margaret (Kassabian) Kenosian. Raised in Watervliet, he was a 1944 graduate of Watervliet High School and soon after attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps to serve his country during the World War II. Martin served in Europe, with the 9th Air Force, and was honorably discharged in 1947 with the rank of sergeant. He was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal for his service. Upon his return home from service, Martin continued his education at Siena College in Loudonville and later at the SUNY Graduate School of Public Affairs, now known as the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy from where he obtained his Master’s degree.
Martin was employed as a field representative in the Municipal Service Division of the New York State Department of Civil Service and retired in 1991 after 35 years of service. In his retirement years he did volunteer consultant work with municipalities and school districts and enjoyed helping Louis Leatso on the Leatso Farm in Colonie.
Martin was an active member of St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Watervliet where he was involved in many of the church organizations and activities.
He was a proud alumnus and supporter of both, Siena College and SUNY, Albany. He and Joyce demonstrated their appreciation to both institutions through financial support. At Siena, they have funded The Martin and Joyce McCollum Kenosian Family Scholarship and they are leadership donors to the Annual Fund and have funded a Townhouse in MacClosky Square in memory of Martin's sister, Dorothy Kenosian '53. At SUNY, Albany, they have established The Martin and Joyce McCollum Kenosian Scholarship.
Martin was an avid fly-fisherman and enjoyed times spent fishing in Maine at Booth Bay Harbor, and at Rangely and Kennebago Lakes. He also enjoyed traveling, playing cards (bridge and pinochle) and rooting on the NY Yankees.
In addition to his parents, Martin was preceded in death by his sisters, Anna Kenosian Kaiser, Dorothy and Grace Kenosian.
He is survived by his beloved wife Joyce; dear sister, Sarah (Suren) Hrachian of Troy as well as many devoted nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and by the loving members of the McCollum family.
A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 am in St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church, 100 Troy-Schenectady Road, Watervliet. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Friends are invited to attend and may also visit with Martin’s family at the Church on Thursday from 4 until 7 PM during which time, the evening service will be held at 6:30 pm.
For those wishing to remember Martin in a special way, his family suggests donations to St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church, P.O. Box 196, Watervliet, NY 12189, the Schenectady City Mission, P.O. Box 760, Schenectady, NY, 12301 or the Capital City Rescue Mission, 259 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202.