Ara A. Shimshidian – November 29, 1933 – February 7, 2018
Ara (affectionately called Shim) was born in Paris, France in the American Hospital in Neuilly. He came to this country when he was 2 years old. Shim grew up in The Bronx where he attended grade and high school. He loved the sea and fishing and therefore decided to apply to the SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler from where he graduated with honors in 1956. He then sailed as a second officer then first officer on U.S Line ships until 1962, traveling in Europe, Africa, South America, and of course North America.
Shim then attended Fordham Law School as a day student, graduating in 1965. After his first job as an attorney working for a sole practitioner, Shim applied to Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens where he worked for M.E. DeOrchis, later joining DeOrchis & Partners LLP until retiring in 2003.
Shim leaves behind his wife Alice (married in 1963) and two children, Laura, an attorney at Chubb Insurance, and Stefan, a financial planner who is married and gave Shim two granddaughters, Sofia 10 and Sabrina 7, whom he adored. Shim died in Florida but his ashes are spread in Southampton, NY in the bay where he was happiest fishing. He always called that spot his church away from his parish church where he was an active member serving as the Chairman of the Parish Council and on the committee to find a property suitable to build the church of St. Gregory the Enlightener which now serves Westchester, NY.