Dean Michael Najarian, age 56, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 9, 2023, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dean is at home now with our Lord. Born in Boston on April 23. 1966 to George H. And Jean L. (Charshoodian) Najarian. Dean was raised in Walpole, Massachusetts where he made many friends and found his love for music (a self-taught musician) at a young age, forming bands in middle school. Dean also enjoyed playing many sports. He worked with his father George at his pharmacy behind the counter, finding his passion to follow in his footsteps to become a Pharmacist. Dean graduated from Walpole High School in 1984 and continued his studies at the University of Rhode Island, where he made many more friends, thoroughly enjoying his time in the Narragansett area, graduating with a bachelor’s degree of pharmacy, as well as returning to URI to receive his Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
Following his graduation from URI, Dean returned home to Walpole, living in the apartment over his father’s pharmacy- Curtin Rexall Pharmacy. His first position was at McLean hospital in Belmont, Ma as a research/staff pharmacist followed by the investigational drug pharmacist at Children’s hospital in Boston, clinical psychiatric pharmacist at Taunton State Hospital, director at McKesson med management landing in 2003 at Janssen Scientific Affairs of Johnson and Johnson, for almost 20 years. He was in the position of group medical director for schizophrenia Janssen pharmaceutical where he played an integral role in the study execution and FDA filing for INVEGA HAFYERA, and he published and co-authored numerous high impact peer-reviewed journals. He was a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist, with more than 30 years of experience working and helping people living with severe mental illness. Dean made many more friends throughout his career.
In 1999 Dean settled into his new home in Wrentham, Massachusetts. He enjoyed renovating his home with the help of his friends, he loved his property, growing vegetables and flowers and the beautiful wildlife on his property.
Dean conquered non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2004, receiving a complete stem cell transplantation.
Dean found his true soul mate and love of his life, Susan and he was hers, and they married in a beautiful ceremony at Old South Church in Boston. He loved spending time with his wife and children, his grandchildren, his family, his band, playing guitar and harmonica and singing, his car club, his many friends, his dogs, all Boston sports, traveling with Susan by his side, muscle cars, his 71 Charger and 71 Super Bee that he raced at the New England Speedway and hosting Deanstock summer parties at his home to Celebrate Life with music, friendship, and love.
Everyone that knew Dean loved him as he touched so many hearts. Dean will be missed immensely by his wife Susan, his children, his grandchildren, his entire family, his Car Club, his band “The Inflatable’s” and his bountiful amount of friends and colleagues across the world.
Beloved and beautiful husband of Susan Najarian of Wrentham, MA.
Loving father of Lesley, Shane and Lex (Wrentham, Ma) father-in-law to Janelee, affectionately known as G-Poppy to his grandchildren, Olivia, Savannah and Jacob. Devoted son of Jean L. (Charshoodian) Najarian (Norfolk, Ma) and the late George H. Najarian.
Cherished brother of Donna Bucklin (Paul) of Monson, Ma, Debra Zarba (Chuck) of Walpole, Ma, Derek Najarian (Mila) of Brentwood, NH, Dennis Najarian (Nichole) of Plainville, Ma. Also survived by his many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and so many friends and colleagues.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Dean’s visitation on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 2 and 6 pm in the James H. Delaney and son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole, Massachusetts
A Celebration of Life for Dean will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2023, from 1 until 6pm at Boylston Schul Verein (German American Club) 8 County Street, (Route 109) Walpole, Massachusetts.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dean’s name may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or at www.dana-farber.org/gift