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Sept. 30, 1929 – Dec. 14, 2013

John Markarian, of the Town of Tonawanda, a lawyer specializing in real estate and estates and trusts, died Saturday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, the son of rug merchant Charles M. Markarian, he was a graduate of Kenmore High School, Syracuse University and the University of Buffalo Law School. He served as a lawyer in the Army and headed a legal office in Puerto Rico.

Mr. Markarian first joined the practice of Fred Johnson, a lawyer in East Aurora, then became associated with Fred Norton in Kenmore. In the mid-1960s, he started the firm of Dale, Hawthorne and Markarian in Kenmore. He retired in the late 1990s.

A longtime member of the Erie County and New York State Bar associations, he was a frequent contributor to their real property committees.

He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Kenmore, which honored him with its Paul Harris Fellow award.

He also enjoyed a vacation home that he built in Ellicottville.

Survivors include two sons, Edward J. and William C.; two brothers, Michael and Charles; a sister, Elizabeth Binner; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the mausoleum in Elmlawn Cemetery, 3939 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.