Edward Levon Agopian

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Edward Levon Agopian, 76

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - On April 20, 2018, Edward Agopian passed away peacefully at the age of 76 at his home in Las Vegas, Nev., surrounded by his family.

He was a phenomenal tenor saxophonist, master tinkerer, entrepreneur and most importantly, a loving father and husband.

Edward was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, in 1941, to Sirarpi and Levon Agopian.

He learned to play the clarinet at a young age and eventually found his calling as a tenor saxophonist, which led to him becoming a monumental figure in Romanian jazz.

Edward immigrated to the United States in 1966, residing in Queens, N.Y., with his first wife, Marie-Antoinette. There he took a job repairing and rebuilding electronic equipment and found a passion in American muscle cars. He also continued to build his reputation as a saxophonist, performing at various jazz clubs and parties throughout the East Coast.

Edward moved to Portland, Maine, in 1975, where he continued his passion for jazz, started a music business, married his second wife, Paula, and raised a family. While proprietor of Crazy Ed's Music and member of Franklin Street Arterial, he was highly influential in the Portland Music scene through the 1970s, '80s, and '90s.

Edward moved to Las Vegas in 2002 with his third wife, Yasmin, to handle his family estate in Romania with his late brother, Berdj. There he built a successful musical equipment repair business, ELA Ltd., connected with the local music scene, and lived out his final years in peace.

Edward is survived by his three children, Sofia, Alexei, and Seneca; his daughter-in-law, Noelle; his grandson, Aren; and his wife, Yasmin.

In lieu of memorial flowers and gifts, his family asks that donations be given to further cancer research for those with the greatest need, to .

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 29, 2018
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