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Brandon R. Arakelian

November 27, 1970 ~ March 13, 2023 (age 52) 52 Years Old



Sgt. Brandon R. Arakelian, Retired Massachusetts State Trooper, 52, of North Andover, MA, sadly passed away on March 13, 2023. He was born in Haverhill, MA, on November 27, 1970 and was the son of Robert “Bob” and Nancy (Spalding) Arakelian of Seabrook, NH, formerly of Groveland, MA.

A graduate of Pentucket High School, Emerson College, Western New England College, Brandon honorably served in the United States Coast Guard and was a 25-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police. He was a loving, humble, gifted, compassionate man and a hero to many.

Brandon was a devoted and adoring father to the greatest joys in his life, Ben and Phoebe. Incredibly proud of both, he passionately worked to support their activities and interests, and enjoyed spending time with them and together as a family. Brandon and his wife, Kristen, loved to cook, travel, attend concerts, and cherished their time together.

Among Brandon’s many interests, he loved the beach, fitness, cars, cooking, history, travel movies, music, and creative expression. He was a gifted storyteller, prankster, and a wonderful host of many amazing cocktail hours for his friends.

Brandon was loved by many and will be dearly missed by his family and the many people and lives he touched.

Brandon is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Kristen (Clarke) Arakelian, and their two beautiful children, Benjamin and Phoebe Arakelian of North Andover, MA. He also leaves his parents, Bob and Nancy Arakelian; his brother, Joshua Arakelian; aunt, Cindy Sheehan; in-laws, Paul and Margaret Clarke; along with several cousins, nieces, nephews, a Godchild, and many dear and cherished friends.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours on Monday, March 20, 2023, from 4:00-7:00 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street, Methuen, MA. A funeral memorial service will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 11:30 AM at St. Michael Parish, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA followed by a burial service at Riverview Cemetery in Groveland, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brandon’s name to Brandon R. Arakelian Memorial Fund, C/O Salem Five Bank, 562 A Turnpike Street, Route 114, North Andover, MA 01844 to be distributed to his children’s college fund and the LEADER Program at McLean Hospital, which helps first responders and military.




March 20, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cataudella Funeral Home
126 Pleasant Valley Street
Methuen, MA 01844

March 21, 2023

11:30 AM
St. Michael Church
196 Main Street
No. Andover, MA 01845


Riverview Cemetery
159 Main Street
Groveland, MA 01834


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