Armenian community member dies in Diyarbekir, Turkey
One of the oldest Armenians born and residing in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, Sarkis Eken,86,passed away at Dicle University’s hospital, where he was receiving treatment, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
He was born in 1930 in the Başbuk village of Diyarbakır’s Silvan district and was living in the Meryem Ana Assyrian Church in its central Sur district for 55 years.
Rken was also known by his Turkish name, “Uncle Sıtkı.”
After losing his wife of 65 years, Baydzar Eken in 2014 , he lived out his final years alone.
His funeral was initially planned in Surp Giragos Armenian Church in Sur’s Fatihpaşa neighborhood, but the venue was changed due to the curfew in Fatihpaşa.
Diyarbakır Church spiritual leader Ahmet Güvener, Sur deputy mayor Azize Değer Kutlu from the Democratic Regions Party (DBP), local authorities, artists and Eken’s relatives and friends attended the one-hour ceremony, which was orchestrated by priest Yusuf Akbulut of Meryem Ana Assyrian Church.
Eken was a beloved man who always aimed at being a good person.
Eken was laid to rest in the Christian church in Diyarbakır’s Urfakapı district.