In memory of

Elias Shahinian

August 4, 1929 -  November 15, 2018

Storyteller, entrepreneur, expert auto mechanic, loyal friend

Elias Shahinian was born in Jerusalem. He is the beloved brother of Margo and Angel (predeceased). Elias spoke fondly of his childhood at the Ramallah Friends School. He and his family moved to Jaffa where he learned the automotive trade from his father. Years later in Toronto, he was able to employ those same skills to build a business that he continued to run well into his late 80s. He and his wife Dikranouhi cherished their three children, Nanette (John Greenwood), Serge (Susan Gauthier) and Natalie, and grandchildren, Jeremy, Alexander and Chlöe.

A father figure to many, Elias will be remembered for his unremitting hard work, perseverance, loyalty, compassion, conviviality, generosity, expertise, humour, storytelling and love of good food long before foodies were invented.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Elias’s memory be directed to Sunnybrook Hospital, in care of the Sunnybrook Foundation: (

His presence, larger than life, will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace.


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Alain M. Leclerc (Friend of the family, business partner of Sarkis)

Entered November 20, 2018 from Montréal

With great sadness we learned of the passing of the patriarch of the Shahinian family. May those left behind find comfort and support among friends and family during these difficult times.

Nathalie Hamel (collègue de travail de Serge)

Entered November 20, 2018 from Montreal

Toutes mes sympathies à vous Serge et à toute votre famille.

Anna Fovero (Work colleague of S. Serge Shahinian)

Entered November 20, 2018 from Montreal

Dear Serge,

My deepest condolences for the passing of your father to you and your entire family.



Judy Szendrei (Business Associate/Friend)

Entered November 22, 2018 from Aurora

Rest in peace Mr. Eli - you will be remembered with much affection!!

Judy Szendrei

Anne Gauthier (Susan's sister - (sister-in-law to Serge))

Entered November 22, 2018 from Roxboro, Qc

I wish to extend my sincere condolences to Serge, Susan and Chloe and to all members of Serge's family.


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