Aredis "Konji" "Art" "Coach" Kojoyian

  • Born: November 7, 1927
  • Died: February 17, 2018
  • Location: Reston, Virginia

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458
Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

Aredis V. Kojoyian, sometimes known as Konji, Art and Coach, born Nov 7, 1927 in Watertown, MA passed away with family at his side on Feb 17, 2018.
Son of the late Miriam and Vahan Kojoyian, loving husband of the late Elizabeth Kojoyian for 27 years, beloved father of Armen and Arty Kojoyian. Proud grandfather of Michael and Zachary Kojoyian. Survived by niece Melanie Kojoyian and nephew Gregory Kojoyian of his late brother Sarkis Kojoyian.
Aredis graduated from Westboro High School, Westboro, MA and received his BA from George Washington University and received a Master's Degree in Zoology from Miami University. He was a Teacher/Coach at Westboro High School, Westboro, MA, Newton South High School, Newton, MA, and coached football at St. John's, Washington, DC. He also coached in Northern Virginia at South Lakes High School, James Madison High School and Paul the VI during his retirement. He was inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football and Wrestling Coaches "Hall of Fame"
His funeral service will be held on Mon Feb 26 at 11 AM in St. Stephen's Armenian Apostolic Church, 38 Elton Ave. Watertown followed by interment in Newton Cemetery. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be in the Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home 465 Centre St Newton Corner on Sun Feb 25 from 4-7 PM
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Assoc. 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452


Condolence & Memory Journal

Coach Kojoyian was a very big influence in my Newton South years. He was an outstanding football coach and leader.

Alan Backer

Posted by A friend   September 30, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family may you find comfort in the God of all comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   March 13, 2018

To All of Mr. Kojoyian's Family,

I remember your father from being my Biology teacher at Newton South. He was truly the best teacher I ever had. I am turning 65 next month and I still site examples of his words.

Cherish the memories. I am sure you have many. My sincere condolences.


Posted by Helayne Schneider (Van Dam) - Woodbury, MN   February 26, 2018

Dear Coach Kojoyian's Family,
I was enormously saddened to learn of your Dad's passing. Your Dad was a larger-than-life figure in my life. Although it was over fifty years ago, I can still remember him as vividly as if it was yesterday, standing at the other end of the board he laid down on the field and used for blocking practice at Newton South. He transformed my life, and I know so many others' lives, inspiring us to develop strengths within ourselves that hadn't been there before. He'd tell us during double sessions that Football is the game of life. I passed the lesson about the value of hard work and commitment -- on to my son when he was first going out for a team, and the lesson was as true for him as it had been for me. Please know how much we looked up to your Dad and how he touched our lives in really powerful ways. I miss him.

Posted by david sellinger - bethesda, MD   February 25, 2018


Posted by Kojoyian    February 25, 2018

Tremendous gentleman, coach and friend. One of a will be missed but never forgotten.

Posted by Dave and Donna Morgan - Mineral, VA - Friend   February 25, 2018

Armen and Arty I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great guy, leader, and motivator. He was a man who would get down on the boards, scream, bang with the best and still love you He pushed me to be my best and exceed my potential. I learned a lot on and off the field, wrestling mat and in life from Aredis and thankful for the opportunity.

Posted by James Sellinger    February 24, 2018

He was such a wonderful person, whether you had him as a teacher or coach. He always was there for a student. Condolences to his family. Class of 1970 NSHS

Posted by Michèle Cooke - Bear, DE   February 23, 2018

My deep condolences to the Kojoyian family; Coach influenced many (including me), and his sayings, including "football is life" and quite a few others still resonate after all these years. RIP to a good man.

Posted by Bill Penzo - Irvine, CA - Student   February 22, 2018

To the Kojoyian Family I extend my sincere, heart felt condolences.
Coach Kojoyians' passing is a great loss to all of those lives he touched, whether on the field, in the classroom or giving life lessons to someone caught in the hallways.
It was an honor playing for you.
You will be missed, and I will always have great story's to share in your remembrance.
Thanks for a great 4 years.
Rest in Peace
Derryck Harrell
Class '85

Posted by Derryck Harrell - Decatur, GA - Student   February 22, 2018

Thank you Mr. Kojoyian for the great teachings at Newton South. Blessings to your family. You will be remembered by all who knew you. Eileen Corbett Perry

Posted by A friend   February 22, 2018

My deepest condolences to your family and friends ! God Bless You !

Posted by Amelia Schools - Woodbridge, VA - Friend   February 20, 2018

Art will forever live in the hearts and minds of thousands of young people that he touched. He had a profound impact on me and will be missed. The hard nosed coach with a heart of gold will always be THE COACH

Posted by Robert Graumann - Charleston, SC - Friend   February 19, 2018