Calling Hours:Monday, November 6, from 11:00 am to 12:30pm at Collins Funeral Home.Service:Monday, November 6, at 12:30pm at Collins Funeral Home.Graveside:Monday, November 6, at 1:30pm at Hillside Cemetery, 165 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT.

Harry H. Topalian

January 15, 1926 ~ October 30, 2017

Harry H. Topalian, 91, husband of Norma Topalian, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2017, in his Weston, CT home. He was born on January 15, 1926 in Providence, Rhode Island to Krikor and Orzen Topalian.

Among Harry’s proudest achievements is his voluntary service during World War II in the United States Army, from 1944-1946. Upon safely returning from duty he completed his high school degree and married Norma Reynolds on April 22, 1950.

They moved to Miami Florida where Harry attended the University of Miami. He graduated in 1954 with a BS in Food Science. He was the first member of his family to receive a college degree.

Harry began working at General Foods, notably contributing to the launch of Stove Top Stuffing and he holds 30 patents in products that are staples in American kitchens to this day. He and his family settled in Weston, Connecticut in 1981 and he retired in 1988.  With an enduring passion for his work, he then opened his own lab, Topalian Group Incorporated, which he co-operated until 2015, with long-time friend and associate Joe Ackilli.

Harry is survived by his wife Norma, brother George Topalian, nieces Robbie Babigian, Kara, Virginia, Joan, and Kerri Topalian, nephew Steve Babigian, sons Harry and Greg as well as daughter-in-law Andrea and grandchildren Olivia, Kylie and Derek. He is predeceased by his parents and sister Mary Babigian.

Friends may visit with the family on Monday, November 6, from 11:00 am to 12:30pm at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.  A service will follow at 12:30 pm in the funeral home. Graveside services with military honors will take place at 1:30 pm on Monday at Hillside Cemetery, 165 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT.

  1. Dear Norma and Family
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. May he rest in eternal peace, and may God illuminate his soul.

    November 2, 2017
    Mary L. DerManouelian -
  • Dear Greg and the entire Topalian Family,
    I was very sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. In my 30 years as a commercial real estate agent , Harry was my favorite customer. He had the greatest attitude and positive outlook of anyone I dealt with. After a number of years of having not spoken to him, I always knew instantly when he called that it was him as soon as he said “hey Dick” and it was just as if we had just spoken an hour ago. I enjoyed his stories, sampling one of his new recipes, and sunny attitude. He always brightened a day.

    I retired 4 years ago and moved to Massachusetts, but I still often think of him as I stumble around in the kitchen. I will keep you all and Harry in my thoughts and prayers.

    November 2, 2017
    Dick Palmer -
  • Dear Mrs. Topalain and Family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Topalain. I worked for him in Tarrytown & Dover for many years.
    I hope that you and your family know that Mr. Tapolian was respected in many ways by the people that worked with him and for him.
    Mel Winters – November 8, 2017

    November 8, 2017
    Melvyn Winters -
  • Dear George, Robbie, and the entire Topalian Family,
    Sending prayers and condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. I will keep you close in thought and prayers during this difficult time.

    November 8, 2017
    Jean Goshgarian Michael -
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