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H. Robert "Bob" Chooljian

HAVERHILL: H. Robert "Bob" Chooljian, DMD, 91, husband of the late Kiki Chooljian, passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones on March 2, 2011.

Born in Haverhill on June 9, 1919, he was the son of the late Manoog H. and Almas K. (Keljikian) Chooljian. Dr. Chooljian, affectionately called Bob, graduated from Haverhill High School, Class of 1936 and furthered his education at Tufts Dental School where he earned his DDS. He was a proud veteran of the war who served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre. Following his discharge he established his family dentistry practice on Merrimack Street in Haverhill where he practiced for almost
fifty years.

In Bob's younger years he played football and tennis in high school, and would jokingly state he had "nice legs" from tennis. Bob was a fun loving, good natured man with a heart of gold, and wore his heart on his sleeve. He loved to talk about the history of Haverhill. He could strike up a conversation with a stranger and afterward they both left smiling. He thought the world of his family and Armenian heritage, and was quick to note some Armenian trivia which he would follow up with a proud smile. Bob was so proud of his service to our country. He would not leave his home without his Navy Veteran's cap. He said he gets more kisses from the ladies that way. He loved taking long drives and going out to lunch where he was a jokester, and usually the loudest one in the room. He was a fixture in Haverhill and everyone seemed to know Bob. He was proud of the city and believed in supporting local businesses. A quick lunch would turn into hours as Bob would have conversations with former patients (he remembered all of their names), local businessmen, politicians, and old friends. He was a member and Past President of The Haverhill Exchange. Bob was also the last surviving original charter member (1946) of the Haverhill Exchange. Additionally, he was a member of the Grand Lodge of Masons of Massachusetts for over fifty years, and a longtime member of the Haverhill Country Club.

He leaves behind his brother and sister-in-law Martin and Helen Chooljian of Princeton, NJ; sisters, Sally Waldon of North Andover, MA, and Varsanie Adamian; long time companion of twenty-one years, June Childs, and his care givers and"second family", Heather, Tatum, Courtney, Katina and Thomas Mortimer, and several nieces and nephews. Bob will never be forgotten and leaves a huge void in many of our lives. He will be sadly missed.

Funeral arrangements by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill will be private. A memorial service will be celebrated at a later date. Interment at Linwood Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Tufts Dental Fund, 1 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111.

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