Khatchatur Pilikian (1939-2019)

It is with profound sadness that I must announce the death of our friend and comrade Khatchatur Pilikian, who passed away on 28th July.

Khatchatur served for several years on our committee and was very active in the Socialist History Society, always supportive, selling our books and distributing leaflets, always very engaged in discussions at our talks. He was also our link to the London Socialist Film Coop for many years.

I first came to know him over 20 years ago when I attended a lecture he was giving in Camden town hall; it was about the Armenian genocide, a subject about which he was naturally passionate. He was a true internationalist active on numerous organisations like Stop the War, Liberation, Peace in Kurdistan, Palestine and Venezuela solidarity, among others. He was a talented musician, opera singer and violinist, performing all over the world, among his many attributes. Born in Iraq, he lived in Lebanon,  Italy,  USA and London  at various times in his life.

Khatchatur had withdrawn from involvement in the SHS in recent years due to illness. But he kept in touch via email and he attended last year’s AGM.

The funeral will take place on 17th August at 11 am at Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadows Path, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4EN. Following this, a wake a wake will be held at the Armenian Information Centre, 105A, Mill Hill Road, Acton W3 8JF. All who knew him are welcome to attend.

We send condolences to Khatchatur’s family. He will be greatly missed.

Thanks
David Morgan
SHS Secretary