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December 9, 2010

To: All Members of the Living Church of God

From: Council of Elders, United Church of God, an International Association

God’s word tells us, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15). It is with great sadness tempered by these words of comfort that we hear of the death of a faithful servant of God, Dibar Apartian. Our thoughts and prayers go to his widow, Shirley, and son, Dan, and his family.

Many of us worked with Dibar through the years and remember him fondly. He served the French-speaking members of the Church of God for more than fifty years. His desire to remain “on the line” in service is well known. He set a sterling example as a profitable servant in the fields of the Lord.

Three years ago Dibar visited our offices. The display of mutual warmth between him and other staff members is remembered to this day. We will miss our good friend, but look forward to the resurrection of the just when he will hear Christ’s words, “well done you good and faithful servant.”

December 9, 2010 - Posted by | Council of Elders |


  1. Saddened to hear of Mr. Apartian’s death. Please express our sincere sympathy to his family. We know he will be greatly missed but is now at rest awaiting the resurrection. God speed the Kingdom! Much Love on behalf of the Bedford PA UCG

    Comment by carolyn raines | December 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. I remember Mr. Dibar Abartian, vivdly!
    I always appreciated his enthusiasm and true zeal and remember the circumstances as to how God, Our Loving Father called him into His Family. As a third generation member of the Church of God, starting with Radio Church of God he came to Phoenix and told us about the Work growing in France and Belgium and other equally important parts of the Work/World.
    I really loved his enthusiasm and passion for the Work and for the Brethren and especially for Mr. Armstrong. I will miss him immensely!!! But, I soo do look forward to seeing him again! 😉

    Comment by David Alan Jutson | December 9, 2010 | Reply

  3. I remember eagerly waiting for our issues of La Pure Verite, and wondering about some of the people who oversaw the work and/or made the magazine available to us, in our far away country. Mr. Apartian’s name was very familiar, and although I never met him, I remember writing to him and pouring out my teenage woes to him. I am saddened by these news, but also look forward to the time when I will actually get to meet him. My sincere condoleances to Mrs. Apartian and the rest of the Apartian family.

    Comment by Alix Fitzpatrick | December 9, 2010 | Reply

  4. I had the privilege to work beside Mr. Apartian when I was employed by the Italian Department. He was such a gracious gentleman. I am so glad he never faltered in his dedication to God’s work. It helped me stay on course during the confusing times we experienced in the 1990’s. It will be such a pleasure to see him again.

    Comment by Elsa Labounty | December 9, 2010 | Reply

  5. Mr. Apartian truly will be missed by many–sorrowing for those left behind but at the same time we REJOICE that his race is run and another true Philadelphian has gone to his place to rest and will be kept from the hour of trial that is surely not too far ahead.
    He, in my opinion, was one who stood up for the truth, never back away from teaching it and never compromised one iota with it.
    I hope to see him again in the kingdom family of God–along with many others that are still running our race.
    Love and encouragment to those immediate family and brethren who are still looking for their finish line.

    Jerry Wright

    Comment by Jerry Wright | December 9, 2010 | Reply

  6. Our Father truly called Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong to begin His end time WORK and many of us are the fruit of his spiritual labor whom the Father entrusted with the GREAT COMMISSION and the FEEDING AND PRESERVATION OF HIS FLOCK in Christ. Through our Father’s Holy Spirit he made sure our pasture was sure and our waters untainted.

    Many of us are the living evidence of his spiritual labor as each of us having the covering cast and the veil which was spread over our mind removed from our human spirit and given His Holy Spirit which led us into truth and paths which we had not previously known. Mr. Apartian was also a shepherd of that same resolve.

    Our Father called me when I was 23 back in 1969. I remember so much the zeal and enthusiasm of the shepherds of our Father’s flock and the glory of the Feast of Tabernacles in those days – we seemed to never want the sermons to end and were so appreciative just to attend our Father’s Holy Days including the weekly sabbaths. This is how I remember Mr. Apartian, and may our Father, the God of the spirits of all flesh, and His Holy One, Jesus of Nazareth, and so many other wonderful names ascribed to His glory, grant Dibar his portion in the resurrection from the dead in that appointed time.

    May our Father grant Shirley and family His settled peace and love in this time. Just as king David knew that he would be resurrected to glory in a future time and would once again live and praise God with his lips, even forever and ever, even so, Dibar lived with that same hope and resolution as relying and trusting in the One who called him to obtain that glory through His Holy One, Jesus of Nazareth. Amen. Amen.

    Comment by dwight s stewart | December 10, 2010 | Reply

  7. For many years the voice of Dibar Apartian preaching the true gospel ” Le Monde à Venir” french translation of the world tomorrow was heard in the french province of Québec Canada from radio stations mainly in the Montréal area.He always closed his broadcast by this phrase quote ” À bon entendeur salut ” I am not a very good translator but my version is ” Anyone who is listening with good intentions regards”What a great man of God the Church of God just lost.He was put ” Apart by God” and he answered the call ” here I am ” and did it untill the end.

    Comment by BERNARD LAFOREST | December 10, 2010 | Reply

  8. The last time MR.Apartian was in Québec City we had the privilege of talking with him for a while and even if he was on a very busy scedule he took the time to talk with us.We will always remember him as a humble gentle and very kind man like all servants of God should be.What a blessing to have know him!

    Comment by The Routhier family | December 11, 2010 | Reply

  9. Is there an address where one could send a card to the Apartian family ?

    Thank You,
    Ronald Messenger

    Comment by Ronald Messenger | December 11, 2010 | Reply

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