Haig Harald Kassouni of Grand Rapids passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021. He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Ann Weiland Kassouni; his brothers, Armen (Kim) Kassouni, Van (Luba) Kassouni and Dicran (Irina) Kassouni; his uncle, The Reverend Vartkes (Samira) Kassouni; many cousins; his sisters and brothers-in law, Janet and William Coquillette and Robert and Mary Weiland; 14 nieces and nephews; and his devoted Brittanys, Eliot, Tache and Jasper. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sarkis and Olivette Kassouni.
Haig was President of The Kassouni Group, specializing in plastic injection molding. Born in Pittsburgh to a manufacturing family, Haig had an entrepreneurial streak from a young age. He and his brother Armen began a long business partnership when, as children, they made plastisol dip for kids to use making creepy crawlers. They continued in business together, expanding from vending machines in their teens to multiple manufacturing facilities in their adult lives.
Professionally, Haig had high standards and did not suffer fools gladly, dismissing nonsense with a wave of the hand and a “tch.” Smart, thoughtful and a strategic thinker, he was a valued advisor, serving as a member of the Boards of Directors of Koeze Company and Wolverine Coil Spring. He served as Chairman of Kent County Conservation League and Grass Lake Hunting and Fishing Club during his long tenure with both groups. He also was a member of the University Club and Beer City Peggers Club 71.
Haig was passionately involved in the project of living. He loved dogs, spending time at his Spruce Camp in northern Michigan, hunting, cooking, skeet shooting, yoga, cribbage and collecting oriental rugs, art, silver shot glasses, cast iron pans and a variety of other “treasures.” He relished the auctions where he tracked them down. Haig loved adventures, traveling to South Africa, the high mountains of Wyoming and far Northern Quebec in search of game. He insisted on good whiskey, good food and good conversation. Most especially he loved a good laugh and even more so a good nap. Haig was an excellent host and took pleasure in grilling a fine piece of meat. With a wide-ranging intellect, he read voraciously and widely and was interested in everything. He was full of ideas and always had a project going; the early part of this year was devoted to the construction of a sugar shack on his property. He had an impish twinkle in his eye that everyone knew well—it spoke legions of his love for life and willingness to include us all.
Haig also was someone to count on. A man of great integrity, he was a good, loyal and generous friend. A favorite weekend was one with his buddies working hard and relaxing hard at Spruce Camp. He was devoted to his extended family, always ready to celebrate a milestone, tackle a problem, support an endeavor and share items of interest. Children loved him because they sensed he was in their corner. He shouldered many responsibilities with care and kindness. In return he was greatly loved. His death leaves big spaces in many lives.
Most of all, Haig loved Ann. Partners in life, they worked together at the family business; made a warm and welcoming home; enjoyed friends, family, food and activities; and raised many much-loved dogs. They watched over each other, took each other in stride and genuinely enjoyed being together. They had a deep and lasting bond that will transcend Haig’s passing.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 1, at 2:00 pm at Cascade Christian Church, 2829 Thornapple River Drive SE, Grand Rapids. There will be a visiting hour at the church from 1:00 to 2:00 pm preceding the service. Masks and social distancing will be required. The service will be available to livestream from the church website (http://www.cascadechristian.com) in the “Watch + Read” section. It also will be available to view later for a period of time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
Always a friend I shared great times in our younger years and though we weren’t as close as life moved on you will always be missed and always in our hearts. Until we meet again my friend.
Haig, we will miss you!! Your big smile and caring heart, quick wit and selflessness. Our hearts go out to Ann. We hope she finds comfort in the memories, and love from her supportive family. Our hearts go out to Armen and the loss of a brother and best friend. To Bee and Sarko on the loss of their dear brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. Here’s a toast to Haig, with good whisky in a nice glass our pinky’s out. God speed my friend.
It doesn’t feel real. We will love and miss you forever Uncle Haig! My last memory with you was when you were pretending to be a monster playing with my one year old. ❤️
A fraternity brother from days passed. I enjoyed reading the obituary, it was apparent that Haig had not changed from his days as a TKE at Western Michigan University. I had always hoped our paths would cross again and I am sure they will.
Love you my Brother
Miss you big brother.
Dear, dear Haig, my dear nephew. Words cannot express the deep pain and sense of loss. You were a uniquely gifted and special person. Your contributions were many and varied. Your passing leaves a big hole in our hearts, in our homes, in our world. You will be remembered with deep respect and admiration for who you were and what you brought into our lives.
Peace and Love to the Kassouni family.
The tribute is wonderful. While i did not know Haig, my connection is with Dicran or as we refer to him as Bee – goes back to high school. Thank you for letting the rest of us share in the memories. My hugs and thoughts to all of the family.
Haig, your smile, generous openness to everyone will be sadly missed. Your love of life, sports, people and ever loving love of nature serves as an outstanding example of generations to come. Ann we extend our deepest sympathies. So sorry we are not there to extend them in person. Sincerely Carmine & Bea
We love you Haig Kassouni. My heart has a huge hole. You are the someone who has orchestrated my plan, who was helping me find my way, and has always cultivated a very deep and meaningful friendship that spanned muliple decades. You are family. Always and Forever. No words….As we just spoke with one another. Yesteday you were here. Today you are gone. Every day forward….Very lonely for all that you know. And know you well. Our years together will never go Forgotten. My heart breaks knowing your voice will never be heard, Advice never be offered and the path to success never fully paved.. You will always remain in my heart as the Best Gift ever. Anyone who has ever had a chance to meet you…Should consider themselves gifted. Amanda and I consider our friendship a “A LUCKY LIFELONG ENCOUNTER” for sure. We love you today, tomorrow and forever. Alicia Heath-Haik
Good times dear cousin. I wish we had spent more time but the minutes we shared were special. So happy to see you at my Mom’s celebration of life. Thank you for coming and I will always remember the dinner where I tried to catch up on you over the time we missed. We are of the same Armenian heroes our grandfather and grandmother Kassouni. True saints and warriors. They passed on amazing DNA and made us all
Warriors in Gods Army of the One. See you soon cuz. My best regards to you with your Mom, Dad and our family sitting and laughing with Jesus. Say hello.