Harry Minassian

  • Born: July 19, 1922
  • Died: September 23, 2018
  • Location: Stoughton, Massachusetts

Farley Funeral Home

358 Park Street
Stoughton, MA 02072

Tel. (781) 344-2676

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Harry by adding your memories and photos.

Harry Minassian, 96, the retired owner of Westgate Lanes, died Sunday, September 23, 2018 in Stoughton after a period of declining health. He was the longtime companion of 49 years of Patricia L. Lynch of Stoughton. Born, raised and educated in Bridgewater, he was a resident of Stoughton for over 40 years. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy and served on the USS Wickes and the USS Hall. Mr. Minassian was the owner of Westgate Lanes and Harry's Westgate Pub in Brockton for over 59 years. He loved his work, his customers and the daily interactions with them. He retired 1 year ago. Over the years, Mr. Minassian was the owner of several Thoroughbred horses that raced at tracks on the east coast, including Monmouth, Gulfstream and Saratoga. His most successful horse was Klassy Briefcase who raced in England. He was the former President of the Horseman's Benevolent Protection Association. Harry was an avid photographer and the "Master of the Disposable Camera" who believed even the small things in life should be celebrated. A fan of the Boston Sports teams, in his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Mr. Minassian was the father of Harry Minassian, Jr. and his wife Marcia of Provincetown, Glenn Minassian of Bridgewater, Jason D. Minassian and his wife Marissa of Abington and the late Michael Minassian. He was the grandfather of Mia, Brody and Bowen Minassian and was the brother of the late Zeke Minassian. He is also survived by his former wife Marion Minassian of Bridgewater.

Funeral Prayers will be offered in the Farley Funeral Home, 358 Park St., (Rt. 27) Stoughton on Friday, September 28, at 10AM. Visiting Hours Thursday, September 27, from 4-8 PM. Interment will take place at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Bridgewater. Donations in Harry's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, 02452.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

During the 18 years that I knew Harry, I will always remember our luncheon talks, where he entertained me with colorful antidotes of his past experiences, life in the Navy during WWII, struggles to create a successful business, and his love for his family. He was so very proud of his sons Junior and Jason for their successful development, and for helping him run the family business, something he could never have done alone. Sometimes with old fashioned 90-year-old dads, expressions of affection to their children can be rare, but for every lunch I had with Harry, he would always tell me how proud he was of Junior and Jason.

I remember an incident about 10 years ago, during noontime on the 4th of July at Westgate Lanes. Harry was not feeling well and had serious stomach pains. He refused to go to the hospital until Karen, the manager of Westgate Lanes at the time, called Pat in Florida. She was there on vacation with Jason and his family. Pat convinced Harry to allow Karen to call him an ambulance. After he left for the hospital, I stayed at Westgate Lanes until 5pm to play a little pool. Just as I left, Jason walked in the front door. As soon as he heard that his dad was sick, he dropped everything and took the next flight out of Florida to be with his dad. Harry was seriously ill, but fortunately recovered and was back at Westgate, to the joy of all his employees and customers.

Westgate Lanes was a family-run business, and with Harry's affable and welcoming personality he made all his customers feel like family too. Westgate Lanes was not just his business, it was his extended family. It had a sense of community where all could gather to bowl, play pool, or share their thoughts at the bar - like the TV show Cheers.

Posted by Frank Chang - Brookline, MA   September 23, 2019

It's only been a short time but feels like forever, You will be in the hearts of many, with a memory you shared with them ❤

Posted by DONNA ZINE - S Easton, MA - friend   September 18, 2019

What is left to say except that Harry made everyone smile and his home was your home. Since I was 17, he made me feel like part of the family and the Lanes were my second home. Sorely missed, his gift of happiness and generosity with the younger crowd and Juniors program will be part of the memories I will continue to share with my children.

Posted by John Cardinal - Parrish, FL - Family Friend   September 28, 2018

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Harry I will always remember you, you were Kind, Special and always gave people your time to have a conversation an went to see bands which was nice to see. You will be missed by so many people, you left something in everyone that will never forget you. Rest in Peace to a very Special an Loving Person.

Posted by Donna Zine - S.Easton, MA   September 28, 2018

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Posted by Donna Zine - S.Easton, MA   September 28, 2018

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I will miss you Harry, you've earned your rest. Go with God and be at peace. My condolences to the family, I knew Harry for over 40 years, I feel honored to have had the privialage ,,,

marcia (pk dental )

Posted by marcia - sharon, MA - Friend   September 28, 2018

Harry, you were a great Man. Thanks for providing a place where I was able to meet the friends I have now in the bowling world. You also gave a place where my Mom was able to work for 40+ years. You were truly a Wonderful Man. Rest in Peace! May God be with you, and to Junior, Jason, Glenn, Pat and Marcia and all of the Family, my thoughts are with you.

Posted by Jim Ferguson - Bridgewater, MA - Friend   September 27, 2018

Mr. Minassian,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USN during WW II as a Tin Can Sailor on the Destroyers USS Wickes(DD-578) and USS Hall(DD-583) which saw extensive action during the War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

Posted by Mike Casey(former Ma resident) - El Paso   September 27, 2018

I was struck with great sadness and a heavy heart when I learned of Harry's passing. He was a charming, friendly and affable person, who always made you feel welcomed. I will miss him dearly, and it was a great honor to be his friend.
My condolences to Pat, Junior, Jason, Marcia, Marissa and all his family.

Posted by Frank Chang - Brookline, MA   September 26, 2018

Ninety Six! Wow! Harry was always a character. I recall him coming into Christo's when I was a hostess there. God be with his family and friends as they navigate this loss. Blessings. Sandra Fitts Silva

Posted by Sandra Silva - E Bridgewater, MA - Acquaintance   September 26, 2018

The most social man I have ever met and funny too. Will miss him. Thinking of you Pat.

Connie and Ted DeSimone

Posted by A friend   September 26, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss of Harry. He was always a character and we enjoyed his company at the track. Both our families have known him for many years.......through Westgate and our racehorses. May he rest in the peace of God's arms.

Posted by Tom & Carolyn Lampos - Brockton, MA - Friend   September 26, 2018

Harry thanks for the memories. Rest in peace. The Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Posted by Butch & Ronnie Lewis - Stoughton, MA - Friend   September 26, 2018

Sending love and blessings to all friends and family of this dear man. Harry,you'll truly be missed by all. Much love ox

Posted by Leah Burbank - Newmarket, NH   September 26, 2018

we only knew you a short time harry we are going to miss you ! you were a gentelman and a hard working man ! our condolences to the minassian family ! RIP HARRY

Posted by stan & sheila gibbs - east falmouth, MA - Acquaintance   September 26, 2018

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In Sympathy we share in your sorrow. Many good memories at the Pub. RIP

Posted by The Cavaliers - Port St. Lucie, Florida & B, MA   September 26, 2018

To Harry, Jr., Jason, Oat and entire Minassian family. Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of Harry. I had known Harry for some 30 plus years doing all his advertising. He surely was a character and a well respected man. I will sorely miss him.
RIP Harry.

Posted by Bonnie Brunetti - Brockton, MA - Friend   September 25, 2018

Sorry to hear of Harry Sr. Passing. Thinking of all of you. The MAUSBC Board.

Posted by Lauren Eramo - N. Grafton, MA - Friend   September 25, 2018

Dear Marcia and Harry. I am so sorry for your loss. Reading about him, he must have been a remarkable guy.
May all your precious memories help you through this difficult time. Jim Johnson

Posted by James Johnson - FULTON, NY - Friend   September 25, 2018

I was so overwhelmed with sadness to learn of Harry's passing. He was a one of a kind with a great smile and quick wit. He was a huge presence at the table of family gatherings and I will miss not seeing him and having my picture taken with his instamatic camera. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Pat,Jason, Junior, and his lovely family at this most difficult time.

With Love and Deepest Sympathy,

Posted by Judith Goulding - Salem, MA - Family   September 25, 2018

So sorry to here of Harry's passing.my thought and prayers to Pat,Jason ,Junior and family.

Posted by Michelle Adams - Brockton, MA - Friend   September 25, 2018

Harry was a good person and a great friend...I think of him often....

Posted by Jeff Karas - Orlando, FL - Friend   September 25, 2018

Harry was a wonderful man. I have fond memories spent with Harry and Pat while Jason and Kenny were playing baseball at Johnson and Wales. Spring training in Ft Meyers is among the memories. Harry always had a smile on his face. He always had great stories and we enjoyed many laughs. Harry is a great example of living life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed, but the stories will live on. My deepest sympathy to Pat, Jason, Marissa and family.

Posted by Jane O'Neill - Middleboro, MA - Family Friend   September 25, 2018

We are so sorry to hear of Harry's passing...his friendship and generosity will always be remembered by our family...our thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time...
Cindy and Bob Cocivera

Posted by Cindy Cocivera - Wellfleet, MA   September 25, 2018

He was a great man, I really treasure the memories of Harry. RIP my friend

Posted by Shari Linsky - Taunton, MA - Friend   September 25, 2018


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