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Donald "Don" Krikor Haleblian, 82, died at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, with his wife and daughter by his side. He went peacefully after a short bout with cancer.
He leaves his wife of 47 years, Anna Maria Haleblian; his daughter, Doreen, and her husband, Stephen Bowen; along with his five grandchildren, Billy, Brent, Anthony, Mathew and Stephen; his son, Donald Haleblian, and his wife, Sasha; and many, many close friends.
Born on Aug. 19, 1931, Don was the youngest of five children born to Garabed and Rose Haleblian, residents of Flatbush, Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduating from high school, he was drafted in the Korean War, and proudly served as a United States Marine, in the 1st Tank Battalion Marines. While stationed in North Korea and Japan, he served in two tours in the Korea War (1951-1952).
While stationed in Paris, France, working for NATO and traveling back and forth from Naples, Italy, he met his wife, Anna Maria Conte. Their breathtaking romance began instantly. He later moved to Naples to spend the rest of his life with Anna Maria, who he married a year later on March 4, 1967. He was transferred one last time to Fairfax, where he raised his family in a beautiful neighborhood, Whitson Court, and made lifelong friends.
He loved fishing, especially shore fishing with his good friends, the ocean, and being around his family. He truly loved to help his friends and neighbors fix anything when they asked for his help. He had a deep love for his dogs, particularly boxers, and rescued every one he owned. He cherished his poker nights with his buddies and was affectionately nicknamed "Don the Baptist," because he was always spilling something at the table.
There are two things about Don that his friends and family will remember: how truly funny he was, and how much he enjoyed making people laugh. He could make anyone laugh and would "keep a room in stitches," as he would say. What our family will remember most is how madly in love he was with his wife. Every day he would tell her how much he loved her. Up until his last breath, he called her his sweetie pie and told her how beautiful she was every day.
He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg. The phone number is 540-891-9735.
Viewing will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel. A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, followed by burial at 1 p.m. in Quantico National Cemetery. After the burial, the family will be receiving friends at Don and Anna's home for food and refreshments.
Online condolences may be expressed to Don's family at foundandsons.com.