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Anne Grant — "We are grateful for the courage and clarity of Nicholas’ voice on the urgent need to reform DCYF and protect children in state care.
Anne Grant and H. Philip West, Jr."
Stephen O'Shea — "A warm, witty and brilliant young man taken from us too soon. Far too soon. But Nick, you will always be with us. Always.


Stephen O'Shea"
United States Congressman James Langevin issues proclamation in honor of the memory of Nicholas Alahverdian
Alahverdian Family — "United States Congressman James Langevin issues proclamation in honor of the memory of Nicholas Alahverdian"
Pat Serpa — "Maybe the eternal light promised to all faithful followers shine upon Nick for all eternity. His goal was to leave this earth a better place and he surpassed all expectations. Rest In Peace. Sincerely, Rep. Patricia Serpa"
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Edward Brady — "Nick was a TRUE fighter and a kind young man who continued to invest in others. He wasn’t afraid to fight for what he believed in and I appreciate his generosity to those around him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult times.
Councilman Ed Brady"
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mark arsenault — "I'm sorry for your painful loss. It was a terrible surprise when I learned Nicholas had died. I liked him.
I think I was the first reporter to quote him, when he was just a kid. I remember that meeting. I had been writing a lot about Cranston's bad financial situation. The crowd was enormous and the atmosphere was angry and tense. Nicholas was poised when he addressed the auditorium and very polite to me when I went up to him afterward to get his name and age. I was happy when he developed a relationship with writers such as Bob Kerr and learned how to use his media contacts to get his message out.
I will remember him always.
Mark Arsenault, Boston Globe, formerly the Projo."
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Samuel Crooks — "I read about the remarkable life of Mr. Alahverdian in the Rehoboth Reporter; what an incredible and inspiring life.

I cannot begin to imagine what he would have accomplished given greater time on this earth.

Sincere condolences,

Sam Crooks"
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Izzo Family — "After this virus chaos is over with, Nick’s resolution for the DCF committee needs to be a priority. Long over due."
A favorite photo. Nick (left), Patrick Kennedy, and Rudy Cheeks
Izzo Family2011, Venus de Milo, Grand Army of the Republic Highway, Swansea, MA, USA: "A favorite photo. Nick (left), Patrick Kennedy, and Rudy Cheeks"
Izzo Family — "What a loss. Smart, thoughtful, would give you the shirt off of his back. Politically a genius. Literature was second nature. He just couldn’t ever beat me at chess. Haha well we’ll have another try someday, somewhere my friend. My condolences to the family. My thoughts are with you."
Davis Iba — "Nicholas was such a great guy. He was always a hard worker on the newspaper we worked on together in college and he was eager to do his best job possible. What a great man that has helped so many. He and I shared a love for smoking pipes and would have video chats to show our newest pipes after he had moved to a different state. You will be missed, Nick."
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Bea — "I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of Nicholas. It was my honor to work with him and see his selflessness dedication to the residents of the State of Rhode Island. My deepest sympathy. Bea"
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Leslie Twining — "Nicholas and I met during our time at university. We both sang karaoke together my first evening at school, and I was eager to get to know Nicholas as my fellow classmate and friend. He was always inquisitive, thoughtful, and wise. I enjoyed our drives together and our outings for doughnuts. We confided in each other, and the time spent together was memorable because of his strong mind and his stories of triumph. My sincerest sympathy and condolences to his dearest wife and children. May his memory live on through his work and words."
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Obituary in The Reporter
Alahverdian Family2020, Rhode Island, USA: "Obituary in The Reporter"
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A Providence Journal photo of Nicholas Alahverdian, age 14, outside the House Chamber, with Sen. John Tassoni, Rep. Paul Moura, and Rep. Frank Montanaro, as he lobbied for more state aid to local schools
Alahverdian Family2002, Rhode Island State House of Representatives, Smith Street, Providence, Rhode Island, USA: "A Providence Journal photo of Nicholas Alahverdian, age 14, outside the House Chamber, with Sen. John Tassoni, Rep. Paul Moura, and Rep. Frank Montanaro, as he lobbied for more state aid to local schools"
C. Finn — "In january 2012 if Mr. Alahverdian didn’t help me I would have been dead. I literally owe him life. His help and direction led me to do great things, and I eventually re-entered my program and completed it with honors.

I will be thankful forever for his help. With much respect and many condolences to the family.

C Finn
Boston, MA"
Joann Smith — "I read of his death in my local newspaper earlier this month — in Wyoming! He suffered so much and was taken from this world too soon. It would have been an honor to meet him. But the privilege of reading about him and his good deeds in his short life inspires me to go and help in the ways I can.

Thank you Mr. Alahverdian for all that you did to better the lives of disadvantaged children and teens in Rhode Island and America.

May peace be with you soul in eternal rest. God bless."
jeff pine — "I was very saddened to learn of Nicholas' passing and I extend my sincere condolences to the Alahverdian family. As his attorney for the past year, I got to know him well, and I was so impressed with his intelligence, dedication and passion for his causes.

Sincerely, Jeff Pine"
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Leah Cooke — "My Nicky~ we called each other “cousins” because it just seemed natural. We had so much fun together~ Federal Hill, Roma, The Old Canteen, Boston. You were so loved and respected everywhere we went. I would give anything to see you again. You were an advocate for the one’s who had no voice. We will continue your legacy and fight. This is a time in my life that I am asking God, “Why?”
But as I search for that answer I will be comforted by my memories of you. Love you Nick
Leah"
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Greg Pare — "My deepest condolences to the Alahverdian family. It was an honor to have known Nicholas. He fought courageously to improve our state, particularly with regard to child services.

Greg Pare"
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Michael Goldberg — "Rest in peace dear friend. You sounded the alarm on corrupt practices when no one was listening. You angered those who were satisfied with the status quo. You made enemies as you fought for justice. And they continue to persecute you. But just remember, wherever you are, whether in the stars above or in some place outside this dimension, you changed something for the better. So let all the naysayers keep wasting their breath. Let those hurt by jealousy continue to rot in their self-indulging caves. Let all enemies, be they political, social, cultural, or religious, cease to curse you for you and you alone fought a fight that not many people could or would. And you did it for twenty years.

To the family I say my tears fill my cup. I wish the best for you and your beloved children. Do not hesitate to contact me (I emailed through the contact form on nicholasalahverdian.com and have an email address). May you be protected, guided, and kept safe from all who would do evil.

I would like to leave you with a traditional Jewish prayer (also found in Psalms) that is typically used at a time such as this:

A Song of Ascents.

I lift my eyes to the mountains — from where will my help come?
My help will come from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot falter; your guardian does not slumber.
Indeed, the Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.
The Lord is your guardian; the Lord is your protective shade at your right hand.
The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will guard you from all evil; He will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and your coming from now and for all time."
Alahverdian Family2020, Rhode Island State House, Smith Street, Providence, RI, USA: "Mr. Alahverdian worked until the very end. He had merely two weeks to live and his focus was first his family and then improving DCYF. This was something for him that was 20 years in the making. Thank you Representatives Ray Hull, John Lombardi, David Bennett, and James McLoughlin for helping to make it happen.

https://www.providencejournal…"
Philip West — "Nicholas Alahverdian was a great man. Coming from no real family, surviving the torture that he did, wow who can come all through that? And then make it to Harvard? Nicholas did it and he didn't stop there. He kept on fighting so that kids in the notoriously dysfunctional DCYF would not have to suffer like he did. He will forever be remembered as THE person who sparked reform. He is now in the hands of God, resting peacefully, after a full life, well lived, and spent doing the work of the people. An advocate in life, a champion in death.

Thank you Nicholas"
John Hamilton — "It was a sincere pleasure and privilege to get to know Nicholas as a participant in my Romanticism seminar at Harvard in 2012 -- a bright and impassioned mind, inspired and inspiring! I shall certainly miss him!"
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Jill Pierce — "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."
A Cerrone — "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."
Jeffrey Hunt — "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."
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Proclamation in Honor of Nicholas Alahverdian issued by Cranston Mayor Allan Fung
Alahverdian Family2020, Cranston City Hall, Park Avenue, Cranston, RI, USA: "Proclamation in Honor of Nicholas Alahverdian issued by Cranston Mayor Allan Fung"
Proclamation in Honor of Nicholas Alahverdian issued by Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza
Alahverdian Family2020, 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 Nicholas Alahverdian issued by East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva
Alahverdian Family2020, 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 Nicholas Alahverdian issued by Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt
Alahverdian Family2020, City of Woonsocket City Hall, Main Street, Woonsocket, RI, USA: "Proclamation in Honor of Nicholas Alahverdian issued by Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt"
Jim Miller — "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."
J. Kane — "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."
Melanie Taylor — "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."
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John O'Leary — "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."
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Eric Davidson — "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."
David Lawrence — "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."
Gina N. — "Beautiful soul you will be dearly missed for your intellect, charisma, and strength. Rest in peace for eternity."
Michael Alahverdian — "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."
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M Tarro and Family — "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."
Giacomo Stefani — "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."
Anonymous Doe — "God bless nicks widow and children. Prayers go out to you now and for years to come"
Anonymous Doe — "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."
Keith Gilmore — "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."
David Knowlton — "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"
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Davis Family — "I just learned about this. I can’t believe it I was just thinking about him the other day. We are devastated that Nicholas Alahverdian is gone. My wife and I send our love and condolences as he was a great man for so many people an advocate and true friend. We will miss you and keep you in our prayers."
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Amanda G. — "Your love is all I need.

And now

It will no longer

Manifest.

An inconvenience, if you will."
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Amanda G. — "Poem to a not so unnamable man


You have changed me already. I am a fireball
That is hurtling towards the sky to where you are
You can choose not to look up but I am a giant orange ball

That is throwing sparks upon your face
Oh look at them shake
Upon you like a great planet that has been murdered by change

O too this is so dramatic this shaking
Of my great planet that is bigger than you thought it would be

So you ran and hid
Under a large tree. She was graceful, I think
That tree although soon she will wither
Into ten black snakes upon your throat
And when she does I will be wandering as I always am
A graceful lady that is part museum
Of the voices of the universe everyone else forgets
I will hold your voice in a little box
And when you come upon me I won’t look back at you
You will feel a hand upon your heart while I place your voice back

Into the heart from where it came from
And I will not cry also
Although you will expect me to
I was wiser too than you had expected
For I knew all along you were mine"
Amanda G. — "What a sad story. He was such a blessing to all who knew him. I had no idea this happened until just a few moments ago. I will always remember you in my heart. Bless you and your family."
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bernard jones jr — "I Sing the Body Electric - Walt Whitman

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I sing the body electric,
The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them,
They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them,
And discorrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul.

Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves?
And if those who defile the living are as bad as they who defile the dead?
And if the body does not do fully as much as the soul?
And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul?"
bernard jones jr — "Who will kids in DCYF care turn to now? God bless you Mr. Alahverdian"
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Tammy Warner — "Never met Mr Alahverdian but read about him many times in the news trying to shine a light on the disasters at DCYF. My heart and prayers go out to him and his family. May he be blessed with eternal rest. Xoxo"
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Lori Smith — "If these words of Robert Frost applied to anyone, they apply to Nicholas Alahverdian:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
Kyle Dennis — "Mr. Alahverdian was one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met. I’m quite astonished at his passing. For someone so full of life to descend so quickly into illness and death should teach us all a lesson. Live a full life, live purposefully, and always make your mark on a worthy cause. My dear friend may you rest in eternal peace."
Sue Perry — "A light in the lives of so many kids. He worked day and night for basic rights such as education and safe living environments. In our prayers."
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R. Paul Flynn — "We are saddened by the loss of this great man. He had a brilliant mind and used it for good. He was compassionate, caring, and thoughtful. My heart goes out to his widow and children.

One note I would make is that he was probably the world's best dinner partner, always delighting my wife and children with the most interesting stories and historical anecdotes. His exuberance and enthusiasm for life was second to none. May you rest in peace."
P. Casey — "I am at a loss for words. He was a beautiful, amazing, smart human being. He will be missed now and forevermore. I remember speaking hours on end about Cicero with him. Perhaps they are having a cocktail in heaven together now."
Bob W. — "No one has had as much impact on the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families than Nicholas Alahverdian; he was the real deal. No one had the tenacity or the wherewithal to withstand what he did on a personal level and then advocate for systemic change in a professional level. He will not soon be forgotten"
Bob W. — "No one has had as much impact on the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families than Nicholas Alahverdian; he was the real deal. No one had the tenacity or the wherewithal to withstand what he did on a personal level and then advocate for systemic change in a professional level. He will not soon be forgotten."
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Carl Kaplan — "One of the most generous and kind people I’ve ever met. Heart of gold. Advocate for children. Sorely missed."
Carl Kaplan — "One of the most generous and kind people I’ve ever met. Heart of gold. Advocate for children. Sorely missed."
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Joanne Giannini — "Nicholas was a brilliant star who shined a light in a troubling system in DCYF. When I was a State Rep, I joined the fight to end the night to night placement of Children in state care. Nicholas told us the horrors of it all. He was brave and fearless I. His fight to protect others from the abuse and neglect he suffered. I pray for him and his family, especially his children. Rip Nick...❤️"
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Liz Turner — "To the Alahverdian family

May you know peace and love at this difficult time. You can depend on us for anything. With sincere condolences,

Liz and Matt Turner"
Jimmy Tingle — "Mr. Alahverdian, your hard work on behalf of children in the care of the Department of Children, Youth and Families will leave a permanent entry which includes your name in the Rhode Island history books. Where there was abuse, you showed courage. Where there was hatred, you showed love. And where there was concealment, you shined a light on the horrors that must be stopped. The world is a better place for your existence and is at a loss with your passing."
Taylor M — "I only knew Nicholas Alahverdian for a very short time, in 2009 at Harvard University when I was a senior. He struck me as one of the most brilliant, intelligent, and politically-astute people I’ve ever met. My heart and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time."
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