Harry Doakmajian

Harry Doakmajian, age 81, a lifelong resident of Troy and Rensselaer County, born on April 4, 1926 at St. Joseph's Hospital in South Troy, died on September 4, 2007 at Albany Medical Center.

He was in business in Rensselaer County for more than 70 years working in his family operated businesses since 1936, first in a meat and produce store, and then a restaurant and finally, for many years to present, in a retail wine and liquor business which is one of the top 10 liquor stores for size and sales in Upstate New York.

In 1946, he was the youngest person, at age 21, to be issued a N.Y.S. Retail Wine and Liquor License. In the 1960s, Harry put Snyders Lake on the map with the Excelsior House and "The Knickerbockers".

Mr. Doakmajian was a 1944 graduate of Troy High School where he played four years of football at the wing back position, earning a place on the all city team twice. He also attended Russell Sage College, taking real estate licensing courses.

Mr. Doakmajian was a veteran of the United Sates Navy during World War II and achieved the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class while serving for two and a half years aboard the light cruiser, U.S.S. Oklahoma City in the Pacific Theater which earned three battle stars. The U.S.S. Oklahoma City was the first United States Naval vessel to bombard mainland Japan.

Upon discharge from the Navy, he played semi-pro football with the Troy Allstars. Currently and for the past 15 years, he was elected unanimously the chairman of the board of the Federation of the N.Y.S. Liquor Store Associations which is a statewide advisory group to all N.Y.S. regional Liquor Store Associations whose membership is more than 2000 wine and liquor retailer stores within the boundaries of N.Y. State.

He was formerly, for five years, elected president of the Eastern N.Y.S. Liquor Stores Assoc. and was currently a director of same, a member for the past seven years of the "editorial advisory board" of the Beverage Media, a nationally distributed industry trade magazine, a former director from 1947-57 of the United Food Wholesale Grocers Assn., co-founder of the North Greenbush Business and Professional Association, a former trustee and volunteer for Elmwood Hill Cemetery in Troy, a member of the North Greenbush American Legion Post #1489 as well as the VFW, a member of the Sampson U.S. Navy Veterans Assn., and a member of the Apollo Lodge F.A.M.

Mr. Doakmajian is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Helen A. Peterson Doakmajian. They were married in October, 1962. He is also survived by his two loving daughters, Dianna Doakmajian (Randy) Flake and Debra Doakmajian (James Sadlemire); his loving grandchildren, Ashlee, Alyssa, Eric, Alyvia and a loving great-grandson, Ashton.

At Harry's request their will be no calling hours or funeral service but friends and associates are invited to share their remembrances of Harry with the family by either mailing them to the Thomas S. Connolly Funeral Home, 294 Whiteview Rd., Wynantskill, NY 12198 which is handling the arrangements or by e-mailing them to ddoakmajian@nycap.rr.com Harry authored this obituary. Contributions may be made to the North Greenbush Business and Professional Assn., c/o Bold Refrigeration, P.O. Box 268, Wynantskill, NY, 12198 in memory of Harry would be appreciated.

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Sincere thanks to Frederick R. Miller, PH1, USN Retired (55-73) of Ballston Spa, NY for sending this along.