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John Meghrian

August 1, 1925 January 25, 2022
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John Meghrian, age 96, living in Peoria Illinois passed away on Tuesday January 25th 2022. He died of natural causes in his home community of Lutheran Hillside Village.

He was born on August 1, 1925 in Bronx New York to Harry and Partenouhi Meghrian and was an only child who grew up in New York.

John Meghrian Married Helene Vartanian of Boston Massachusetts on 27 May 1956 in Boston.

He graduated City College of New York, and then attended United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. In 1943 was appointed Cadet-Midshipman at Kings Point before serving as Chief Engineer aboard the SS Florence Crittendon transporting active-duty troops, munitions, and supplies.

Foreign wartime service in North/South Atlantic, Mediterranean/Indian Ocean, and Pacific theaters of operations with direct enemy action. He earned several decorations including New York State Conspicuous Service Cross for action on “D” Day June 6 1944 at Omaha Beach, Normandy France. In addition, the French government awarded him membership in Ordre National De La Legion D’Honnuer and presented the Chevalier De La Legion D’Honneur medal for his service at Normandy. After the war, he continued service in merchant marine, coast guard, and US Naval Reserve. He was a Lieutenant Commander at time of honorable discharge from US Navy.

John Meghrian made a career of the maritime and ship building industry where he worked at Combustion Engineering, New York Shipbuilding Corp, and Todd Shipyard Corporation. At New York Shipbuilding Corporation he was overseer of the building and launching of the nuclear-powered guided missile frigate, USS Truxton. At Todd he was General Manager of the New Orleans Shipyard and retired as Group Vice President.

Appointed by Governor Edwin Edwards, John served as a Commissioner and President of the Dock Board of the Port of New Orleans for many years. Additionally, he served on the Sewage and Water Board of New Orleans as board member. Amongst his many awards, he is the recipient of the C. Alvin Bertel Award for outstanding service to the Port of New Orleans. John represented the Port of New Orleans to visiting national and international dignitaries at numerous events hosted by Governor Edwin Edwards and New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu. In addition to public service, he served on the board of First National Bank of Jefferson Paris as well as boards of several private companies. Civic groups include, International House, New Orleans Board of Trade, The Propeller Club, the Plimsoll Club, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), and the visiting committee of Tulane University.

Retirement hobbies included family, reading, cards, croquet, international travel, and going on cruises. He is survived by his wife Helene, sons John-Christopher and Robert; and Robert’s wife Ann Henry. Surviving grandchildren are Sarah, James, Mary, Leah, Faith, and Barrett Meghrian.

A family service will be held at home for immediate family. Cremation was accorded and he will be buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Boston Massachusetts.

A special thanks to our devoted family physician Dr. George Gilbert, staff at Lutheran Hillside Village rehab facility REACH, nursing Care Center, Unity Point Hospice all for their extraordinary care and comfort at this special time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran Hillside Village Foundation, 6901 N. Galena Road, Peoria Ill 61614. Correspondence may also be sent there. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging on to

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements.
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