In Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut, Nazar Najarian, a Montreal businessman, was killed, according to his daughter. Najarian divided his time between Montreal, where he founded an import-export company and Lebanon, where he helped lead a political party. His daughter, who is in Montreal, stated that his father was a brilliant man, and the most amazing father.
Their daughter also said that Najarian’s wife was with him in Beirut but was not injured in the explosion. She noted that they lost somebody that’s extremely important in terms of his contribution. It is still unknown about the cause of the blast, which killed at least 70 people and injured at least 3,000. Charlebois stated that Najarian grew up in Beirut and was Armenian. Najarian was secretary-general of a Christian Democratic political party in Lebanon called Kataeb.
Najarian often posted about his political activity during trips to Lebanon on his Facebook page, which lists Montreal as his city of residence. Last week, he posted a smiling photo after meetings with party officials in two towns. Charlebois also confirmed that Najarian quickly earned the respect of people in the local Lebanese community when staying deeply involved in his work in Lebanon after moving to Canada about seven years ago.
Charlebois added that he and his wife decided to move to Canada for stability and for a better future for their children. It was in January 2013, when Najarian founded his Montreal-based company, Tetran Holding Co. It focused on introducing high-end products to the North American markets and “emerging European luxury brands.” Najarian wrote in LinkedIn that he also taught marketing to university students, and he was fluent in four languages and held degrees in commercial sciences, marketing studies,and accounting.
Charlebois said that at the onset of the country’s civil war in 1975, he got involved in Lebanese politics when he was only around 16 years old. She also stated that they believed deeply in the fact that their involvement would save Lebanon at the beginning of the war in Lebanon in 1975. She said that many considered his father heroic during Lebanese civic life as he was lobbying, speaking out loud, denouncing what’s wrong, and promoting what’s right.