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In memory of Nicholas Alahverdian
There is a often a moment when you look back and think of how profoundly a single individual has impacted an entire population for the betterment of a generation. This is one of those moments. Rest in peace.
To Mr. Alahverdian widow and children, he was a great man who didn’t think twice about fighting powerful and corrupt forces. He will he remembered as someone who saved lives and prevented a catastrophe. Whenever anyone said dcyf was fine he was there to prove them wrong and sound the alarm.
It’s hard to believe that Nick is gone. He was one of the most articulate, courageous, and resilient people I have met. His long advocacy for others who have faced adversity is a real legacy. I will miss our conversations about the latest drama in Rhode Island politics. My sincere condolences to Nick’s family. Rest In peace Nick.
Proclamation in Honor of Nich…
2020, Cranston City Hall, Park Avenue, Cranston, RI, USA
Proclamation in Honor of Nicholas Alahverdian issued by Cranston Mayor Allan Fung
Proclamation in Honor of Nich…
2020, Providence City Hall, Dorrance Street, Providence, RI, USA
Proclamation in Honor of Nicholas Alahverdian issued by Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza
Proclamation in Memoriam of N…
2020, East Providence City Hall, Taunton Avenue, East Providence, RI, USA
Proclamation in Memoriam of Nicholas Alahverdian issued by East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva
Proclamation in Honor of Nich…
2020, City of Woonsocket City Hall, Main Street, Woonsocket, RI, USA
Proclamation in Honor of Nicholas Alahverdian issued by Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt
Nick was a great man. Always loyal and acted with a sense of bravery throughout his life. After his difficult youth surviving abuse and torture he ascended to the heights of government advocacy and Ivy League education. A Renaissance man, truly one of the last, who painted, wrote poetry, books, and articles, many works I was privileged to see, he had a talent. One whom I was pleased to know during his time at Harvard and am grieved by his passing.
Thoughts and prayers for this late great man at this difficult time. I pray the family know what an impact for good this man had on my life and for all those impacted by Rhode Island DCYF.
I never had the honor or meeting you. But know that the changes you fought for will echo throughout history. You fought til the bitter end. May you rest in peace.
To the family of Nick,

I was terribly sad to learn about the passing of Nick. My sympathy goes out to his family and I pray that God will give them consolation as the deal with his loss. Nick achieved so much in his short life. He leaves a legacy of advocacy which be long remembered.
By far one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met. Such a nice guy who would do anything for anyone to a fault. I hope you find peace from the pain you experienced in this life.
One of the kindest people you would ever meet. Like a phoenix he flew out of the ashes of his destroyed childhood and went on to do great things, speak truth to power, attend Ivy League schools, and start an amazing family. My deepest and sincerest condolences to the Alahverdian family at this difficult time. Blessings.
Beautiful soul you will be dearly missed for your intellect, charisma, and strength. Rest in peace for eternity.
My nephew Nicholas was a warrior. He fought with great emotion, as he tried to overcome the battles that he had as a child and young adult. He was always educating himself, trying to become a better person. He put in a tremendous amount of effort to help future generations. I am so proud of him, but also sad that he will not see the good that his work has and will accomplish. Rest in peace Nicholas.
Alahverdian is out there somewhere acting in heaven on behalf of foster children and the neglected & abused. I’m all ways finding peace in poetry and these words brought me calm.

I hope they support the Alahverdian family as well. At this difficult time.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
A giant in the child advocacy world, a fond friend from Harvard, and a political expert unlike anything I’ve ever seen. May you rest in peace.
God bless nicks widow and children. Prayers go out to you now and for years to come
You could say Nick was a one-man revolution. Working for DCYF for so long, I can attest that any time he made a complaint, any time he intervened on behalf of a family, any time he pitched legislation, any time he pointed out unlawful or unethical conduct with one of our contractors, the administration looked like idiots. Because they are. And Nick knew more about how to improve the department than people who have been there thirty years. I will remain anonymous for obvious reasons, but the important thing is that someone fill his shoes —and quickly. Because the kids deserve someone with intelligence drive and knowledge to work for their improvement of life. Nick had that. And now he’s gone.
As someone who had the opportunity to work one-on-one with Nicholas Alahverdian I must say that there are few people in this world who one could be completely at ease and know that they were kind and gentle in such a swift amount of time. He had the ability to make you feel like you are the only person in the room when you are speaking with him, and his conversational skills were 2nd to none. I am shocked and saddened at his passing and to be frank I am at a loss of how to adequately respond. All I can say is that the work he did on behalf of children in care and the work he did to improve the status quo of the American foster care system will not easily be continued. Someone had some pretty damn big shoes to fill. Rest in peace friend.
I knew Nicholas when he was in Utah and would come by my office. He was dynamic, intense, brilliant, and driven. I always had good conversations with him. He left an absence when he returned to his much loved Rhode Island. I pray peace and good memories to all who loved him and were close to him.
--David Knowlton
Deepest condolences. Very sad to hear

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