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Friday, 11 June 2010 16:24

George K. Daghlian, of Douglas Auto Body in Pasadena, Passes Away

Douglas Auto Body in Pasadena, CA, founder, George K. Daghlian, passed away May 22nd, leaving Takouhi, his wife of 47 years, four children and many grandchildren. His oldest son, Armen, and youngest son, Kevin, started Douglas Auto Body with George, and will continue to operate the collision repair facility.  The funeral was held at Forest Lawn Hill's Red Church on May 27th, and a memorial dinner was given at Verdugo Hills Country Club in Glendale.

George had an unusually extensive background in the collision repair industry, both in the U.S. and abroad. He began working in a body shop at the age of 13, in Aleppo, Syria. At the age of 18, he opened his own shop in Kuwait, and five years later he returned to Aleppo, and opened a shop there. When he saw that life in Syria could become difficult and even dangerous, he brought his family to the United States and opened a shop in Pasadena, in 1987. The shop grew every year until in 2006, George could celebrate fifty continuous years in the collision repair business, with a shop that had now grown to about 50,000 square feet.

George was honored and respected by his employees, many of whom were with him from the day he opened in Pasadena. One of them said that George never beat around the bush -- he was always straightforward and spoke the truth. His son Armen said: "Our father was one of those hard working fathers that always got his way. His words were the law in our house. We used to fear him but we didn't realize he was already teaching us one of the most valuable lessons in life: "Stand up for what you believe in! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise." As we grew older we slowly understood why he treated us like that. And we also discovered that he was a very compassionate and kind person. We learned that one of the most important things that he had was us, his family. Although he may have never said it out loud, we know that he was really proud of what we have become. We are who we are because we had a father like him."

Georges's wife noted that he truly enjoyed helping others. He believed that: "If you help others obtain their goals and desires, you in turn will obtain your own." The unusually aesthetic and elaborate Douglas Auto Body facility is solid evidence that George did reach his goals and obtain his desires. He continued to work at them right until the end.  As Armen, his oldest son said: "He showed strength until the end and still had some enlightening words for us. We promise that we will continue what our father has started. We know we'll be filling huge shoes, but with God's help we can do it."

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