On this sad occasion, the Pastor, Board of Trustees, and all the auxiliary bodies of St. Sarkis Church, extend their heartfelt sympathy to Dr. George's family members.
George was born on September 17, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, He was the son of the late Edward Vardkas and Rose Sona Gopoian. He married the love of his life, Carol Marie, in 1978 after they met at work in Chicago. George was a medical resident and Carol was a registered nurse.
George was an outstanding clinician and surgeon, practicing podiatric medicine for 40 years. He was widely respected as an expert in his field.
He possessed a fierce love for his wife and two children, and then their respective spouses. Family meant everything to him. George was an active participant in raising his children and took pride in watching them earn advanced degrees, get married and establish their own businesses.
George was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed his time with his son George on a big game hunt to Africa. Their wives also attended to tour the countryside.
He loved his late four legged companion, Duke, a chocolate lab who added joy to summers spent at his pool. Duke impressed their many visitors with his ability to jump off the diving board and swim laps with George.
Like any true Armenian, he loved food; but more importantly he cherished weekly family dinners on Sunday evening.
George is survived by Carol and his two children: Nicole Gopoian Wirick (Adam) and George Edward Gopoian (Emily).
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, funeral arrangements will be on a limited basis. Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 10, from 7pm - 8pm with Dan Gark prayers at 8pm in St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, 19300 Ford Road, Dearborn 48128 limited to 70 people wearing masks in attendance. The family will receive visitors wearing masks again in the church on Thursday from 10am until time of service at 11am, limited to 70 people in attendance. Entombment will follow in Woodmere Cemetery.
May his soul rest in peace.
Dr. George's family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his memory be made to St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church (to make memorial donation online
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