Shirley Reid Hagopian passed away suddenly February 2nd, 2013 at Yale New Haven hospital at the age of 71. Born in Miami, FL, the daughter of the late David C. Reid and Rose Reid Merritt, she was the loving wife of Aram Hagopian for 50 years. A graduate of Norwalk High School in 1959, she worked for Norden Systems (where she met Aram) in the 1960’s. After raising her boys, she returned to work for the Redding-Easton Board of Education and later the Norwalk Board of Education for twelve years before retiring in 2004. While she spent much of her life in Norwalk, she and Aram lived in Redding for 30 years with their two sons, Matthew and Thomas. Later in life, she returned to Norwalk and was an active and devoted volunteer with the Philanthropic Educational Organization, women’s ministries through Hope Church, the Human Services Council and Norwalk public schools. Over the last few years she became an active and passionate committee member of the Young Lives organization. She also loved to travel, even braving a first-time overseas trip to Italy at the age of 68 with her son, daughter-in-law and long-time friend Kathy Rosum.
She is survived by her husband Aram, her sister Patricia Reid Ting, brother Kevin B. Reid, her two sons Matthew and Thomas, daughter-in-law Whitney, her Aunt Julie Balazs and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was blessed with two grandchildren, Ella Victoria and Luke Reid. Her life was guided by her faith. Shirley was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother (known as ‘Nana’ to her granddaughter Ella) and friend. Truly compassionate, she always put the needs of others before herself. Her family will miss her kind heart and positive outlook on life no matter the situation.
Her family will welcome friends on Friday, February 8th from 4 to 8 pm at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. A burial service will be held the next day, Saturday, February 9th, at 10 am in Riverside Cemetery, 81 Riverside Ave, Norwalk, CT preceding a memorial service and luncheon at Hope Church, 240 Wolfpit Rd, Wilton, CT at 11am. Donations may be made in her memory to Young Lives Fairfield County, 19 Vitti Street, New Canaan, CT 06840.
—by the family